There are a wide variety of contraceptive methods available – not just condoms or ‘the pill’. Choosing the right method which suits you and fits in with your lifestyle is important. All the doctors and nurses at the University Medical Centre are trained in contraception. We are here to offer you advice and info to help you decide what method to choose and we offer a full range of contraceptive services, including emergency contraception which Students of the UoK can also obtain it from The University Nursing Service in Room EG3 in Keynes College between the hours of 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. The nurse will assess you to ensure you have access to the right emergency contraceptive and will then organise a prescription via the duty Doctor for you to collect from the Medical Centre.
Outside of these hours please visit www.kent.gov.uk/sexualheath to find the nearest pharmacy for access to free emergency contraception for under 30’s.
Please Note: If you are 25 and under condoms can be obtained free at the University Medical Centre or University Nursing Service by registering with the ‘Get It’ card scheme. You can register and collect condoms at the University Nursing Service.
Where contraception fails we believe that women should have the opportunity to choose the outcome of their pregnancy.
Sit & Wait Pill Clinic (Contraceptive Pill Only)
Monday to Friday from 12:00 to 13:00 (Term Time Only)
The clinic is only for patients who are:
- Taking the contraceptive pill already
- Have no problems with the contraceptive pill they are taking
- Have had a prescription for The Pill from The Medical Centre before
- Would like a repeat prescription for the same pill
You will need to book an separate appointments if you wish to discuss any other issue.
Fitting of Contraceptive Implants
We can fit or renew contraceptive implants at the University Medical Centre. You need to make a routine appointment with Louise Kirsch-Mills or Beth Bentham who are specially trained to advise & fit/remove the contraceptive implant. This initial appointment is to discuss the suitability of having an implant fitted or replaced and to explain what the procedure involves. The Nurse will then make a second appointment for you to have the procedure carried out. During university term time we run a twice weekly Implant Clinic. During vacation periods the Implant Clinic runs once a week.
Detailed information on individual methods of contraception, their advantages and disadvantages can be obtained from the Family Planning Association website http://www.fpa.org.uk