On 9th November a new service was launched in Tayside to allow access to hormonal contraception via community pharmacy.

Community Pharmacies in Tayside are now able to issue a 3 month supply of Desogestril (Progestogen Only Pill/POP) as short term bridging contraception, allowing more time for people to arrange an appointment with their GP. A supply may be given after an Emergency Hormonal Contraception (EHC) consultation or, where no EHC is required, a supply can be given as a standalone, temporary supply if requested.

The initiative follows on from the work of the Bridge-IT pilot, carried out by a number of community pharmacies across Scotland. The service aims to ensure easy and timely access to contraception for anyone aged 13-55, at risk of unintended pregnancy.

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