Getting the Morning After Pill on the NHS


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The National Health Service is a national institution that helps people to access medication and treatments for a wide variety of problems.  We often take the NHS for granted, but it is a major part of our society and allows people to seek help without having to pay or having to pay a minimal cost.  Certain medicines are available from the NHS for free, such as birth control pills and the morning after pill.  There are many ways to access this service, through your local GP, a walk-in clinic or GUM clinic or through the accident and emergency department of your nearest hospital.  The hospital really ought to be your last option, and seeing as the morning after pill is very widely available it ought to be avoided if necessary to allow others time with the doctor. 

Your GP can provide you with the morning after pill, however sometimes getting an appointment can be difficult.  If you can see your GP within the next 2 days then this is the best place to get the morning after pill, alternatively you can also visit a GUM clinic, a family planning centre or walk in centres.  The morning after pill is completely free on the NHS, and any discussions that you have with a medical professional will be kept completely in confidence. 

If you are under the age of 16 then you will have to get the morning after pill on the NHS.  This shouldn’t worry you, and your GP will be very understanding.  Your parents will not be able to find out about it and you won’t have to worry about paying for the pill. 

Getting the morning after pill on the NHS will allow you to discuss its use, and any health concerns that you might have with the best people.  All doctors will be able to tell you the risks of the morning after pill, as well as advise you on how best to take it and how best to avoid the need to take it in the first place. 

If you are getting the morning after pill through the NHS then it is likely that they will give you a prescription form that you can use within a GP’s dispensary or at a pharmacy.  You will not have to pay for this service, instead you can access the pill by handing over the form.  You may have to wait a few minutes depending on how busy the pharmacy or dispensary is. 


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