Contraceptive implant fitters forum - November 2019

The contraceptive implant fitters forum held on Tuesday 19th November at Devon Sexual Health Exeter, provided updates on sub-dermal contraception including; changes to the FSRH sub-dermal implant fitting and removal guidance and advice on how to obtain a LocSDI. There was also a question and answer session and a chance to network with other fitters in the area.

Slides from the forum can be found below.

DSH implant fitters forum

Does it hurt to have an IUC (coil) fitted?
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Does it hurt to have an IUC (coil) fitted?

Recent media reports have highlighted cases of some women who have experienced distressing intrauterine contraception (IUC) fitting. Some women barely […]

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NHS Patients, staff and visitors must continue to wear face coverings in healthcare settings
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NHS Patients, staff and visitors must continue to wear face coverings in healthcare settings

COVID-19 restrictions will end in many settings in England from Monday. However, Public Health England’s infection prevention control guidelines, including […]

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You can now contact us with non-urgent enquiries on facebook messenger

You can now contact us with non-urgent enquiries on facebook messenger

We are currently trialling different ways to make it easier for you to get in touch with your questions about […]

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Accessing our service during the COVID pandemic

How to access our service:

We have now implemented a telephone triage system for all of our clinics. This system will be in place for the duration of the pandemic. Please contact our services to access this triage system. Our central telephone number is 0300 303 3989.

If you are experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus please do not attend the clinic. Clear advice for people with symptoms of coronavirus is available at nhs.uk/coronavirus .

Advice from our service:

We have updated information on the provision of routine contraception during this pandemic here.

More details on the fitting of LARCs (coils and implants) at our service can be found here

If you need the combined contraceptive pill please try (if you can) to get updated measurements of your height, weight and blood pressure before calling us.

There is also specific advice on coronavirus available for People Living with HIV here, and for pregnant women here

Self-requested Sexual Health screening by post is available for for under 25s only - more info here

For others with testing requirements please contact the service on 0300 303 3989.

Information is now also available to advise on sexual contact during a time of social distancing here.

Alternative provision:

Please be aware that we may have to cancel, rearrange or shut clinical services in response to changing clinical and staffing pressures created by the Coronavirus pandemic. 

If you are struggling to access sexual health services, alternatives may be available:

  • Emergency Contraception - at your local pharmacy - more info
  • Contraceptive pills and LARC procedures - obtained from your GP
  • HIV postal testing - available to at-risk groups for a small fee -  more info
  • HIV PEPSE - available via A+E departments - more info
  • Condoms by post (for gay and bisexual men only) - more info