FOR EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION SEE BELOW
You can make an appointment to discuss contraception with either a doctor or a nurse at the surgery or the branch surgeries.
If you would like a contraceptive implant or a coil fitted, we are able to do this at Penryn Surgery. Please book an initial consultation with a female doctor to discuss your contraceptive options. When booking your actual fitting appointment please advise the receptionist what you are having done as you will need a longer appointment and only certain clinicians can do these insertions.
Contraception is free. All appointments are confidential and under 16s are welcome.
There are many different types of contraception available now and it is important to find one that you get along with and which suits you and your lifestyle.
To find out more about all the different methods, go to the Family Planning Association (FPA) website at:
The FPA produces excellent leaflets, which you can download online. You can also pick up the leaflets from Penryn Surgery.
As an alternative to the surgery clinics there are a number of other places where you can receive advice on contraception and treatment.
Cornwall Sexual Health And Contraception Service (SHAC) www.cornwallshac.org.uk
can direct you to local services for long term or emergency contraception...just enter your postcode. There are clinics in both Falmouth and Penryn, phone 01872 255044 to book or for advice on where to go.
Brook run a clinic for under 25s. The nearest clinic to Penryn is in Redruth. For more information on opening times go to
http://www.brook.org.uk/brook-cornwall?rc=15 or ring 01209 710088
When can it be used?
There are two methods of emergency contraception:
A tablet known as the 'morning after pill' that works within 3 days (72hours) after sex (but is more effective the sooner you take it).
The emergency IUD ( also known as the copper coil), which can be used up to 5 days after sex and is the most effective. After this, the IUD will protect you from pregnancy up to 5-10 years.
To find out more about these methods go to:
emergency contraception advice
Where can I get Emergency Contraception?
It is available for free for under 25's from a number of places. It is available at from most pharmacies.
Hendras’s Pharmacy, 44 Market Street, Penryn Tel: 01326 373357
Day Lewis at Falmouth Health Centre is open from 7am to midnight Monday to Friday Tel: 01326 212300
Alternatively, you can come to Penryn Surgery or its branches (make an appointment with a doctor).
If you need an emergency coil, please phone The HUB on 01872 255044 for advice and to book an urgent appointment.
Alternatively you could go to a Minor Injuries Unit. The nearest to Penryn is at Falmouth Hospital, Trescobeas Road, TR11 2JA. Open 8am-8pm 7 days per week. 01326 434739
If you are over 25 you can still access the morning after pill on prescription from your Doctor or Sexual Health Service. Or you can purchase the emergency contraceptive pill from a pharmacy at a cost of around £25.
If you need emergency contraception out of normal daytime hours you could ring the Out of Hours GP service and arrange to attend one of the out of hours clinics. For more info on this go to the “When we are closed” page
The Hub run from Treliske Hospital in Truro have drop-in sexual health clinics and appointments available 6 days a week. Visit sexual health services in Cornwall to find your nearest clinic where you can get confidential testing, advice and treatment.
You can also phone 01872 255044 for more information on the drop-in times or to book an appointment.