This year many pharmacies in Hampshire will be closed or opening a reduced number of hours over the Christmas and New Year Bank Holidays. Most pharmacies will be closed Christmas Day and not open again Wednesday 28 December. Therefore access to emergency contraception will be reduced.
The attached files show which pharmacies are open over the bank holidays, how long for and those in GREEN highlight the pharmacies that currently offer free emergency contraception. However please do not assume that the trained pharmacist will be available during the holiday opening times. Our advice is to call the pharmacy first to find out if there will be someone there to help. We don’t want you to have a wasted journey or a stressful holiday, so phone first!
The South East PDF files contains information on pharmacies in: Havant; Waterlooville; Petersfield; Gosport; Fareham; and Lee on Solent:
The South West PDF file contains information on pharmacies in: Andover; Eastleigh; Botley; Hedge End; Winchester & Romsey
The New Forest PDF file contains information on pharmacies in: New Forest, Totton & the Waterside
The North Hants PDF file contains information on pharmacies in: Aldershot; Farnborough; Blackwater; Yateley; Basingstoke; Fleet; and Alton
Please also remember that contraception and sexual health clinics will be open in between the Bank Holidays and that all clinics offer free emergency hormonal contraception and some will also offer the emergency coil which can be used up to 5 days after unprotected sex. Check out clinic opening times in your area – www.getiton.nhs.uk/districts
Your GP (family doctor) will also be able to offer advice and support with emergency contraception.
If you want to find out more about emergency contraception (morning after pill) click here
Remember that the sooner you act the better as emergency contraception is more effective at preventing a pregnancy the earlier you take it after having unprotected sex.
BPAS are offering an advanced emergency contraception service for women over 16 in England. Follow the link for details – www.bpas.org/bpaswoman/ec-how-it-works. Please do not rely on this postal service if you have already had unprotected sex as the postal service will be distrupted over the holiday period.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – have fun, be safe!
From the GET IT ON Team
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