Emergency hormonal contraception “EHC” is an emergency ‘back-up’ for women who have had unprotected sex to prevent against pregnancy. It can be accessed up to 72 hours after unprotected sex (EllaOne only) but is best accessed as soon as possible. EHC is supplied free of charge through pharmacies and GP practices contracted to provide this service from 1st April 2016.
Where to access Emergency Hormonal Contraception
Emergency Hormonal Contraception Patient Group Direction (PGD)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Links, resources and contacts
Forms and resources
FPA – Leaflet and Booklet Downloads
Dorset Multi-Agency Safeguarding Adults Policy
Pasante Condoms – Pharmacy Order Form
F-risky Ultimate Guide – Bournemouth and Poole
Contraception and Sexual Health services in Dorset
Fraser Guidelines for EHC – pharmacies
DBS Checks for Emergency Hormonal Contraception (EHC)
Enhanced DBS Checks for relevant Pharmacy Staff delivering Public Health Dorset services
It is a requirement within the Public Health Dorset pharmacy specifications for Emergency Hormonal Contraception (EHC) for staff to have an Enhanced Level DBS check in place, together with the appropriate Barred List checks.
EHC – provided by the Pharmacist or a Registered Technician
Dorset County Council DBS Checks
Pharmacies have the option of using the Dorset County Council DBS check if they choose.
For further information please click on the link below:
The following forms should be completed if processing your DBS check through Dorset County Council:
Further support and advice for completing these forms
For help to fill in these forms, or for further information email HRDBSteam@dorsetcc.gov.uk
Levonorgestrel Patient Group Direction (PGD) training
Supply and administration of Oral Progestogen-only Emergency Contraception (POEC) – registered community pharmacist training and competency.
|Stage||Requirements or registered community pharmacists working under the Patient Group Direction (PGD)|
|Qualifications and professional registration||Registered pharmacist|
|Ongoing training and competency||
|Lines of accountability||A registered pharmacist is accountable for his or her actions in accordance with the General Pharmaceutical Council. All registered pharmacists are personally accountable for their practice and in the exercise of professional accountability there is a requirement to maintain and improve their professional knowledge and competence. The PGD may only be used within the confines of the service specification by pharmacists and pharmacies contracted by Public Health Dorset.|