“The judges commended the scheme for its innovative approach to delivery and were impressed by the widespread take-up by women of the service.”
Over 1000 women used the service over the 4 week pilot and Bpas is now planning on continuing the scheme.
Using the service Shutl, DrEd makes obtaining the Morning After pill simpler for those living in London. Women have to fill in a form which is assessed by a doctor and within 2 hours the emergency contraception pill is delivered. While the emergency contraception pill can be taken within 72 hours, it is less reliable with each hour.
As with the original Bpas scheme the DrEd service is not without its detractors. Concerns that a mobile Morning After pill service will encourage under age sex have been raised by The Family Education Trust who suggest girls could lie about their age. Norman Wells of The Family Education Trust cautioned: “… young people have been lulled into a false sense of security ... and become exposed to an increased risk of sexually transmitted infections”.
Amit Khutti, the founder of DrEd said that the registration process requests date of birth. In addition patients need a credit card to pay for the service which would deter many underage girls from trying to use the service.
Bpas contraception nurse Tracey Forsyth when discussing the Bpas scheme pointed out that: “Many of the women we spoke to had experienced problems obtaining emergency contraception when they needed it in the past, and really appreciated the opportunity to speak to a nurse whom they knew was not judging them.”