This free service may be more convenient than booking an appointment with your GP surgery or at a sexual health clinic (may also be called a family planning or contraception clinic). You can choose a time that suits you, and the service is free and confidential.
Your pharmacist can give the same expert advice about selecting and managing your contraceptive pills as your GP surgery. You can talk to them one-to-one in a private consultation room.
Yes, the pharmacist can talk through your options and where suitable, is able to start or issue you a different contraceptive pill.
Where necessary, the pharmacist can refer you to your GP surgery or sexual health clinic for other options.
This pharmacy service may be more convenient and accessible than booking an appointment with your GP surgery or at a sexual health clinic for your annual pill check or to get a new prescription. You can choose a time that suits you, and the service is free and confidential.
The NHS has put this pharmacy service in place as a way to reduce demand on GP surgeries.
You can use the service if:
You can be referred by your GP surgery or sexual health clinic or simply walk in and speak to the pharmacy team about the service. You can also book an appointment below or it may be possible to just turn up and have a consultation with the pharmacist.
The pharmacist will always be able to advise and support you.
A trained pharmacist will carry out your consultation. They will ask you the same sort of questions as the healthcare professional at your general practice would ask.
An appropriately trained member of the pharmacy team might also carry out some checks – such as taking your blood pressure, weight, height and asking about your medical history.
The pharmacist will discuss any concerns you have. For example, you can tell them if you have side effects from your contraception. If you have side effects, the pharmacist will be able to help identify ways of managing these and, if needed, refer you to your GP surgery or sexual health clinic for further support.
The consultation is confidential, so the pharmacist will not talk to your GP or share your information without your consent.
If you agree, the pharmacist will send a record of the consultation and the details of any contraception supplied to your GP surgery.
If the pharmacist identifies any health problems, for example, raised blood pressure, they will talk to you about sharing this information with your GP.