To provide extended access through the NHS to advice and Emergency Hormonal Contraceprtion (EHC) as part of the Public Health Service (PHS) element of the community pharmacy contract.
The PHS Sexual Health service consists of the Emergency Hormonal Contraception (EHC) service
The service is provided and funded as a national NHS service by NHS Scotland through the PHS element of the community pharmacy contract and comply with policies and standards set by the NHS for the provision of such services
A pharmacist who chooses not to supply EHC on the grounds of religious, moral or ethical reasons must treat the matter sensitively and advise the client on an alternative local source of supply (such as another pharmacy, GP or sexual health service). (see RPSGB Medicines, Ethics and Practice Guide)
If a client is showing symptoms that indicate another sexually transmitted infection then they must be advised and encouraged to attend the local specialist sexual health service, GUM clinic or their GP practice for further investigation.
The pharmacist must ensure, where appropriate, that the client is counselled on other sexual health matters and related topics. Written information should also be available on these topics
The pharmacist must use their professional judgement to consider, and where appropriate, act on any child protection issues brought to their attention. This should be in line with the local child protection procedures and any national or local guidance on under 16s sexual activity.