New online contraception service launched to help health commissioners during coronavirus pandemic

LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor extends its online sexual health service to local authorities and clinical commissioning groups to help support family planning and sexual health patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last week The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) advised women against face-to-face consultations suggesting that they should contact their clinic or GP by phone or email if they have an immediate need for contraception.

LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor, a leader in the field of online medicine, has operated a CQC regulated private sexual health service since 2002 and has operated a successful NHS online service with its partners in London since 2017.

This service is now available to commissioners to help them adapt their service provision at this time of national crisis.

With family planning and sexual health clinics closing due to the spread of the coronavirus, the Lloyds team has developed their online service so that they can provide health commissioners with a fully managed digital service that offers both routine and emergency contraception as well as a comprehensive online service for STI testing and treatment.

The service consists of an online consultation with a Lloyds GP and, where appropriate, the prescribed medication can be collected by the patient from a pharmacy or they can have it delivered to their home. Both new starters and repeat users of contraception can be managed, and an emergency contraception service is also available. The online STI testing service offers a discreet online consultation and treatment for a wide range of conditions.

Dr Kieran Seyan, Medical Director at LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor, says: “We know that Primary Care services are under immense pressure right now with increased workload in General Practice and sexual health and family planning clinics closing. We can provide a tried and tested digital solution to our colleagues in the NHS ensuring continuing safe, quality care for patients”.

The service is available immediately for any local authority or Clinical Commissioning Group that wants to offer an online service. More information is available from Andy Sloman