Teenage pregnancy rates in Sheffield have almost halved since 2007. In that year, 49 out of every thousand 15-17 year old females became pregnant.
By 2015 this figure had fallen to just 23. Despite this reduction rates remain higher than the national average of 20 and in some parts of the city rates are more than double that. These figures highlight a need for continued action to ensure that our young people receive the right information about sex, contraception and relationships to support them to make the right choices.
Our consultation with young people shows that some find it difficult to access sexual health services, some young people are often worried about discussing contraception and relationships and others don’t know where to get information from.
Sheffield City Council is working with six pharmacies across the city to address this. Young People will be able to easily access free condoms, emergency contraception (the morning after pill), pregnancy tests and chlamydia/gonorrhoea tests in a confidential and discreet manner.
Free contraception, pregnancy tests and chlamydia/gonorrhoea test will be available at:
- Boots, High St, S1 1QF
- Associated chemist, The Wicker, S3 8HT
- Day Lewis, 298 Glossop Road, S10 2HS
- Asda Pharmacy, Chapeltown, S35 2UW
- Asda Pharmacy, Chaucer, S5 8NH
- Asda Pharmacy, Handsworth, S9 9LR
This pilot scheme will run throughout March and if successful will be rolled out to further pharmacies.
Councillor Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families at Sheffield City Council, said: “Sexual health is an extremely important issue especially for young people. It is vital young people are able to access contraception and sexually transmitted infection tests easily where and when they need to.
“This partnership with community pharmacies means that young people will be able to access to services in a discreet way in pharmacies closer to home and places they visit such as their school, college or university. We hope that in the future we will be able to roll this pilot out to more pharmacies across the city.”