Contraceptive Advice is available from all of the doctors as well as the local Family Planning Clinics in Sutton cased at the Jubilee Health Centre and The Rosehill Centre at St Helier Hospital. They will also be able to fit coils which we cannot currently do.
There are various methods of family planning to suit all women. Both the GP surgery and the family planning clinics are sensitive to the needs of young people, confidentiality in particular.
Emergency contraception “morning after pill” is best taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex. This can be obtained from most chemists after a private chat with the pharmacist. In this practice, we have same day appointments available. If you are at work and cannot get here, please call to speak to a doctor on the telephone or use Online Services. Both family planning clinics have walk-in times as well, you can follow the links above.
Since trying to conceive, you should be taking vitamins already such as vitamin D/folic acid, both available over the counter. You should also have discussed any repeat medications with your GP. Hopefully, you have taken advice regarding alcohol and some foods such as soft cheeses/pates and raw shellfish.
As soon as you find out you are pregnant, you should think about which hospital you wish to book at and refer yourself via their website to get the quickest appointment possible. Most of our patients choose St Helier for convenience.
With lots to think about, you may find printing My Maternity Journey booklet helpful. You can also find useful link on the NHS website.
Don't forget your Flu Jab & Whooping Cough vaccine at around 5 months; pregnant women are at high risk of Sepsis!
You will need to speak to your GP as soon as possible about an unwanted pregnancy. For more detailed information, you can visit the British Pregnancy Advisory Service.
Another useful place to find unbiased information is Marie Stopes. To self-refer to the South West London Termination of Pregnancy Services, please call 0345 872 5503.
Be aware that private companies are allowed to advertise for abortion as well.
If you are experiencing, or know someone that is a victim of domestic abuse, you can call the 24hr freephone National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247. They run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge and answer calls 7 days a week. You can also visit www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk
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Please book an appointment with your GP if you would like to discuss having a vasectomy under the NHS. For information about the procedure and our current provider, please click here.