EHC ('the morning after pill')

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What is EHC?

EHC stands for Emergency Hormonal Contraception, and is often referred to as ‘the morning after pill’. Taking this pill after sex, if you haven’t used any contraception (unprotected sex), vastly reduces the chance of pregnancy by preventing or delaying ovulation. Despite being known as 'the morning after pill', EHC can be taken up to 5 days after having unprotected sex, depending on the kind of pill you take.

There are two kinds of emergency contraceptive pill - Levonelle has to be taken within 72 hours (three days) of unprotected sex, and EllaOne has to be taken within 120 hours (five days) of sex. The sooner you take Emergency Contraception after unprotected sex, the more effective it is. 

EHC is an emergency form of contraception and shouldn’t be used as a regular method of contraception.


When would I need to take EHC?

We advise that you take EHC if:

  • You have had unprotected sex;
  • You have used a condom which split/came off;
  • You had sex after you missed your regular contraceptive pill

We advise you get a full STI check up in the above instances - click here to find out about our GUM services. Find out more about how to get a free supply of condoms with our C-Card.


Can I pick up EHC for my girlfriend?

Free EHC can only be given to the person it is for as they have to take it straightaway so men can’t pick up EHC, even if it is for their sexual partner. You would be welcome to go along for support though if your partner agrees.


What will they ask me when I go to pick up EHC?

When you visit a pharmacy/clinic you will be asked: when you have had unprotected sex in your current menstrual cycle; the date of the first day of your last period; the usual length of your cycle; details of any contraceptive failure (such as how many pills you may have missed, and when); and if you've used any medications that may affect your contraception. All information you give is confidential.


Where can I get free EHC in Stoke-on-Trent or North Staffordshire?

Please see the list below of pharmacies and clinics where you can get free EHC. We advise that you ring in advance to make sure that a trained pharmacist is present to provide EHC.



Pharmacies with EHC available to all women (including under 16s):

Pharmacy Name



Blurton Pharmacy

8 Ingestre Square, Blurton, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 3JT

 01782 314408

Boots the Chemist

39 Trentham Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 4DF

01782 319758

Boots the Chemist

Unit 10, Alexandra Retail Park, Scotia Road, Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 6BE

01782 825201

Boots the Chemist

25 Bennett Precinct, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 3HX

 01782 313819

Boots the Chemist

3-5 Upper Market Square, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 1PZ

 01782 202064

Boots the Chemist

Bentilee Neighbourhood Centre, Dawlish Drive, Bentilee, Stoke-on-Trent ST2 0EU

 01782 212667

Boots the Chemist

Unit 5, Festival Park, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 5SJ

 01782 284125

Derby Street Pharmacy

17 Derby Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 3LE

 01782 215215

Grahams Pharmacy

99 Ford Green Road, Smallthorne, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 1NT

 01782 834094

Hartshill Pharmacy

Ashwell Road, Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 6AT

 01782 616601

HBS  Pharmacy

Meir Primary Care Centre, Weston Road, Meir, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 6AB

 01782 323910

Lloyds Pharmacy

128 Werrington Road, Bucknall, Stoke-on-Trent ST2 9AJ

 01782 219830

Lloyds Pharmacy

Fenton Health Centre, Glebedale Road, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 3AG

01782 847356

Lloyds Pharmacy

25-27 Stoke Road, Shelton, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 2GW

 01782 848670

Lloyds Pharmacy

Norfolk Street, Shelton, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 4PB

 01782 285661

Lloyds Pharmacy

35 Trentham Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 4DF

 01782 316216

Lloyds Pharmacy

84 Upper Huntbach Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 2BU

 01782 266229

Lloyds Pharmacy

Cobridge Community Health Centre, Elder Road, Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 2JE

 01782 268009

Lloyds Pharmacy

22 The Strand, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 2JH

 01782 313783

Lloyds Pharmacy

29 Derby Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 3LE

 01782 212682

Lloyds Pharmacy

Sainsbury’s, Minton House, London Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 7QD

 01782 746153

Meir Hay Pharmacy

Unit 3, Amison Street, Meir Hay, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 1LD

 01782 593033

Middleport Pharmacy

185 Newcastle Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 3QJ

 01782 818494

Milton Pharmacy

29 Millrise Road, Milton, Stoke-on-Trent ST2 7BN

 01782 534416

Miltons Chemist

15-19 Campbell Place, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 1NH

 01782 848377 

Norfolk Street Pharmacy

1-5 Norfolk Street, Shelton, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 4PB

 01782 272027

Queen Street Pharmacy

36-38 Queen Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 3EG

 01782 839592

Waterloo Pharmacy

68 The Strand, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 1NR

 01782 342955

Well Pharmacy

16 Furlong Road, Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 5UD

 01782 826 614

Well Pharmacy

30 Wilson Road, Hanford, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 4QQ

 01782 657656

Well Pharmacy

Brook Medical Centre, Bradeley, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 7NN

01782 821146 

Well Pharmacy

7-9 New Kingsway, Weston Coyney, Stoke-on-Trent, ST3 6NA

 01782 312335

Well Pharmacy

361-363 London Road, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 5AN

 01782 744 623

Well Pharmacy

42 Dunning Street, Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 5AP

 01782 821769

Well Pharmacy

57 Biddulph Road, Chell, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 6SW

 01782 835271

Well Pharmacy

688-690 London Road, Oakhill, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 5BA

 01782 848 332

Well Pharmacy

9-15 Dunning Street, Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 5AP

 01782 837433

Well Pharmacy

97 High Lane, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 7DF

 01782 838350

Well Pharmacy

Anne Street, Goldenhill, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 5QJ

 01782 783355

Well Pharmacy

792 Uttoxeter Road, Meir, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 7AE

 01782 313720


Pharmacies with EHC available to women aged 16+ only:

Pharmacy Name


Phone number

ASDA Pharmacy

Scotia Road, Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 6AT

01782 820010

Looking After You

2-4 Duke Street, Heron Cross, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 3BL

01782 319204

Millers Chemist

114 Belgrave Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 4LR

01782 314814

Miltons Chemist

1375 Leek Road, Abbey Hulton, Stoke-on-Trent ST2 8BW

01782 534422

Morrisons Pharmacy

Morrisons Supermarket, Festival Way, Festival Park, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 5NY

01782 262201

Angelway Pharmacy

The Raven, Elder Road, 283 Waterloo Road, Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 3HR

01782 280037

Ridgways Chemist

73 Baddeley Green Lane, Milton, Stoke-on-Trent ST2 7JL

01782 534089 

Rowlands Pharmacy

17 Werburgh Way, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 8JT

01782 657183

Superdrug Pharmacy

Potteries Shopping Centre, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 1PS

01782 213598

Tesco Instore Pharmacy

Clough Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 4AA

0345 0269652

Tesco Instore Pharmacy

Baths Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 2JB

0345 6779798

Tesco Instore Pharmacy

Lysander Road, Meir Park, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 7TW

0345 6779472

Waterloo Pharmacy

159 Waterloo Road, Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 2ER

01782 827167



North Staffordshire

EHC available to all women, including under 16s


Street Address


Phone Number

Asda Pharmacy (Wolstanton)

Asda Superstore, 
Wolstanton Retail Park


01782 349010

Blythe Bridge Pharmacy

240 Uttoxeter Road

Blythe Bridge

01782 393127 


60-62 High Street


01782 616321


47 High Street


01538 756095


13 Derby Street


01538 382435

Butt Lane Pharmacy

147 Congleton Road


01782 499461

Cornwell's Chemist - Silverdale

5 The Parade


01782 624203

Hollowood Chemists Ltd

Kingsbridge House


01782 616927

J C Ratcliffe Ltd

44A High Street


01538 752196

J C Ratcliffe Ltd

42 Ashbourne Road


01538 754046

Lloyds Pharmacy

7 The Westbury Centre


01782 712160 

Lloyds Pharmacy

117/119 High Street


01782 712165 

Lloyds Pharmacy

Units 1&2 High Street


01782 626940

Lloyds Pharmacy

42 Market Street


01782 784034

Lloyds Pharmacy

2/4 Rosebank Street


01538 387177 

Lloyds Pharmacy

15 - 15A Fountain Street


01538 383049 

Loggerheads Pharmacy

9 Eccleshall Road


01630 672373

Millers Chemist

165 Cheadle Road


01538 361616

Millwards (Chemist) Ltd

65 Milehouse Lane

Cross Heath

01782 622751

Morrells Pharmacy

Milehouse Primary
Care Centre


01782 717545

Sainsbury's Pharmacy

Churnet Way

Macclesfield Road

01538 484000 

Tesco Pharmacy

Liverpool Road


01782 585447

The Co-Operative Pharmacy

58-60 King Street


01782 621900 

The Co-Operative Pharmacy

21-23 London Road


01782 562239 

The Co-Operative Pharmacy

Audley Health Centre


01782 720365

The Co-Operative Pharmacy

Freeport, Jamage Road


01782 773528

The Co-Operative Pharmacy

Mount Road


01782 782808 

The Co-Operative Pharmacy

London Road


01782 562224

The Co-Operative Pharmacy

Biddulph Primary
Care, Wharf Rd


01782 515076

The Co-Operative Pharmacy

16-20 Ball Haye Street


01538 382585

The Co-Operative Pharmacy

46-48 Derby Street


01538 383808

The Co-Operative Pharmacy

396 New Street

Biddulph Moor

01782 379206 

Trent Health Pharmacy

339 Ash Bank Road


01782 302372

WS Low

101 High Street


01782 627807



We will not tell anyone, including partners, parents, teachers, friends, family or doctors that you came to see us unless you ask us to. Anything you say to us will be treated with respect. There are times when confidentiality may need to be broken so that we can protect you under the law. However, we will ALWAYS try and discuss this with you first. For example, if you tell us, or we think you are at risk of danger or harm to yourself and/or others, we will contact the relevant agencies.

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