All patients who are on the contraceptive pill need to have a review after the first 3 months of treatment and every 12 months thereafter.
In order to make the services more efficient for women at Beacon Medical Group, we have reviewed our prescribing and monitoring of the contraceptive pill, under guidance of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health.
Aware that it is often a challenge to attend the surgery, the following group of patients can undertake their annual pill check by means of a questionnaire, rather than attending a face to face appointment.
Patients 18 years or over
Patients currently taking a contraceptive pill
The pill must have been prescribed by Beacon Medical Group
Patients who are happy with their current contraception
Patients who wish to continue taking the pill
Patients will need to complete a contraceptive pill checklist which can be downloaded from our website or collected from reception, prior to the appointment.
Accurate height and weight recordings need to be included, which can be performed at home.
Should patients not have access to scales, or be unsure how to complete, we advise to book an appointment with one of our health care assistants who can complete the weight and height and calculate Body Mass Index.
Patients who do not fall into the above categories will need to be appointed with a family planning trained nurse or own GP for annual review.
If no concerns are identified following review of the questionnaire, a prescription will be issued for 12 months by the patients own GP, within 5 working days. Prescriptions are not issued on the day. If you need to be seen, the doctor will arrange an appropriate appointment.
Patients are advised to seek advice between planned visits if they have any concerns or develop major illness, migraine (or worsening thereof), take new medication or if a first degree relative (sibling or parent) develops cardiovascular / thromboembolic disease before age 45 or breast cancer.
Please do not hesitate to feedback any questions or comments in order that we can improve the service further.