All of our doctors are able to assess for and prescribe emergency contraception. The effectiveness of these treatments are directly linked with how soon they are used. If you think you might require emergency contraception please contact the practice and ask for an urgent advice call from the Duty Doctor as soon as possible. The most effective method is the fitting of a copper coil (IUD) for which you will probably be directed to the walk-in service offered by Abacus, but if it is agreed that oral medication ("the morning-after pill") is the preferred option we will provide a (free) prescription for this.
If you are taking the contraceptive pill, and are due for a repeat prescription, we now offer the facility to authorise this via online eConsult for low-risk patients. Follow this link and select the "I would like to restart contraception that I was previously taking" options when it appears and follow the prompts. The answers will be reviewed by a doctor, and provided everything is satisfactory, (and for the combined pill you can provide a recent weight and blood pressure reading), we may be able to reauthorise and issue your prescription without the need for a trip to the surgery. Your pharmacy should be able to check your blood pressure for you. Please note, if the doctor has any concerns or queries you may be asked to come in. As routine appointments may be up to three weeks away, please ensure you make your request in plenty of time so that you don't run out if you do need an appointment.
We offer a comprehensive sexual health service at the practice - several of our doctors have additional qualifications in sexual and reproductive healthcare. If you are looking for advice about contraception, or perhaps pre-conception advice before trying for a baby, then we will be able to help. There are a lot of choices available, to make the most of your limited-time appointment with the doctor you could have a look at the options available and narrow it down to a few - this website has some excellent information.
In addition to offering prescriptions for contraceptive pills, patches and rings, we offer the 3-monthly injection, the contraceptive implant and intra-uterine contraceptives (IUCs) in the practice. If you would like to have an IUC fitted or replaced then you will need to request an initial consultation (in person or by telephone) with Dr Henry before you can be booked in. Please note that Dr Henry is currently on maternity leave and we cannot offer coil fitting, please contact Abacus until Dr Henry returns.
We can also offer testing for sexually-transmitted infections such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea via a simple urine specimen, and where appropriate arrange for HIV testing. We can arrange onward referral to the genito-urinary medicine service at the Royal Liverpool for more complicated cases.