23.4.20 Statement from BPAS to supplement the advice on family planning
Following my previous updates I am pleased to report that the new Pills by Post service is being well received and that since last Wednesday we have issued over 1,260 prescriptions to our on line pharmacy partner for despatch direct to clients. Feedback to date has been very positive and women are relieved not to have to leave their own homes to access treatment.
The majority of our consultation appointments have been converted into Telephone consultations with face to face availability for those who need to have a scan or blood test prior to Early Medical Abortion or require a surgical intervention. This has meant we have been able to mobilise staff who are self-isolating at home and catch up on a brief period of increased waiting time that had resulted from staff absence.
The success of Pills by Post has resulted in a reduction in the number of early surgical treatments we are undertaking which in turn means we have good capacity on our surgical lists. I want to stress this as I have been forwarded some emails suggesting that this is not the case and I am keen to nullify any rumour to the contrary. It would be disappointing if any organisation chose to manipulate the current situation for commercial gain, particularly when BPAS has worked extremely hard to secure the policy frameworks which have enabled all providers to deliver the most accessible care to women at this time of crisis.
In my next briefing I will share some of the data showing the shift from the old to the new style of working.
BPAS National Business Development Director
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