Services Database Emergency Hormonal Contraception & Chlamydia Screening (Plymouth City Area)

Service ID



The service allows for the provision of levonorgestrel emergency hormonal contraception (EHC), free of charge, to women between the ages of 13-19 years inclusive, who meet the inclusion criteria under the Patient Group Direction (PGD) as adopted by Plymouth City Council.

The service also allows for the provision of chlamydia testing during EHC consultation and also if requested over the counter in the pharmacy. The testing is provided free of charge during EHC consultations (for 13-19 year olds) or over the counter (for 16-24 year olds).

Location of service

Devon LPC


Local Authority (LA)

Method of commissioning

Source of funding

Local Authority (LA)

Service type

Sexual health

Other organisations involved


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The following criteria must be met by pharmacies signing up to the EHC and chlamydia screening enhanced service:

  • All pharmacists who provide levonorgestrel EHC must attend a locally approved training event on the Cluster-wide PGD, this will include training on local testing procedures and is organised by the local Chlamydia Screening Programme (CSP). The training will include a session on Safeguarding Children. If training has occurred outside of the locality there will need to be an adapted training on local services which can be arranged through the CSP.
  • Completion of the following CPPE modules:
    •  CPPE learning module on Emergency Contraception 2011
    • CPPE assessment on Emergency Contraception 2012
    • CPPE learning module on Safeguarding Children
    • CPPE assessment on Safeguarding Children
  • Pharmacists who do not deliver EHC on a regular basis should attend update training commissioned by Plymouth City Council every 3 years.


This service is available in the Plymouth City area only