SH:24 prescriptions

If you use SH:24 we may need to send you medicines by post. This means we have to generate a prescription.

SH:24 currently prescribes these medicines:

  • Azithromycin (an oral antibiotic used to treat genital chlamydia - not oral or rectal)
  • Doxycycline (an oral antibiotic used to treat genital chlamydia - not oral or rectal)
  • Desogestrel (a type of progestogen only oral contraceptive pill)
  • Ethinyoestradiol (a type of combined oral contraceptive pill)

All SH:24 prescriptions are signed by a GMC registered doctor / NMC registered nurse prescriber:

  • Dr Paula Baraitser [GMC reg 3479302]
  • Dr Michael Brady [GMC reg 4095813]
  • Adam Black [NMC reg 96I0104S]
  • Dr Gillian Holdsworth [GMC reg 2853372]
  • Dr Anatole Menon-Johansson [GMC reg 4674029]

Prescribing chlamydia treatment

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We use the following process to prescribe treatment for chlamydia (not oral or rectal infections):

1. Offer of treatment

If you take an SH:24 STI test and are diagnosed with genital chlamydia you will be offered the option to receive treatment in the post. We will ask you a number of questions about you and your health over the telephone. Clinical support is offered by SMS and telephone throughout the order journey.

2. Clinical review

A clinician reviews the information you provide over the telephone, and checks it against current BNF guidelines to ensure that it is safe and appropriate for you to take the medicine. This is important because:

  • medicines may trigger allergies
  • medicines may interact with other medicines you are already taking
  • medicines may worsen an existing medical condition
  • medicines may affect your baby (if you are pregnant or breastfeeding)
  • if you have symptoms, you may need a different treatment.

3. A Clinical decision is made

Based on the information you provided, a clinician decides whether to prescribe or not.

4. A prescription is issued to an SH:24 partner pharmacy

Assuming the clinician has accepted your order, an electronic prescription is generated and securely issued to Pharmadex Limited our partner pharmacy, where the medicines will be dispensed, packaged and posted. SH:24 will issue a series of text messages to tell you where your order is.

5. You receive your medicines in the post

Medicines are sent by Royal Mail’s 24hr recorded post service (no signature required). Medicines are accompanied by the drug manufacturer’s instructions and an additional SH:24 support card.

Prescribing oral contraception

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We follow a simple 5 step process to prescribe oral contraception:

1. Order received online

When an order is placed we ask a number of questions about you and your health. Clinical support is offered by SMS and telephone throughout the order journey.

2. Clinical review

A clinician reviews the information you provided during your online order and checks it against current UKMEC guidelines to ensure that it is safe and appropriate for you to take the medicine. This is important because medicines:

  • medicines may trigger allergies
  • medicines may interact with other medicines you are already taking
  • medicines may worsen an existing medical condition
  • medicines may affect your baby (if you are pregnant or breastfeeding)
  • if you have symptoms, you may need a different treatment.

3. A Clinical decision is made

Based on the information you provided during your online order a clinician decides whether to prescribe or not. If the clinician has any concerns or unanswered questions about you or your health they will contact you by telephone before they issue a prescription.

4. A prescription is issued to an SH:24 partner pharmacy

Assuming the clinician has accepted your order, an electronic prescription is generated and securely issued to Pharmadex Limited our partner pharmacy, where the medicine will be dispensed, packaged and posted. SH:24 will issue a series of text messages to tell you where your order is.

5. You receive your medicines in the post

Medicines are sent by Royal Mail's 24hr recorded post service (no signature required). Medicines are accompanied by the drug manufacturer's instructions and an additional SH:24 support card.

Questions?

Your treatment will arrive in a plain envelope.

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We will track your order and will text you when your order has been dispatched and when it has been delivered to your address.

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You can text (07860 041 233) .

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How else can we help?

Speak to a SH:24 clinician about your options: text 07860 041 233 .