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Surgical abortion asleep treatment appointment

The following section has information about your treatment appointment at bpas, including what will happen and what you should bring with you. We have made a client information film to help you to get a good idea of what to expect when you visit us for surgical abortion under general anaesthetic (asleep).

Click on the image to view the surgical abortion - asleep video

surgical abortion asleep video link

How long will I be at the bpas clinic?
This very much depends on your particular treatment. Click here to read about your specific treatment.

Can I bring someone along with me?
We’re happy for you to bring someone along if it helps you. If you are going to have a procedure where you are put to sleep or under sedation, it is advisable to have someone with you who can take you home. Space is a little limited though, so please make sure it’s only one person.

There aren’t any facilities for children at our clinics so please make arrangements for childcare if necessary.

If you are under 16
You will need an adult (someone who is 18 or over) to escort you home after your treatment. We are happy for a female adult to stay with you throughout your treatment with us.

Essential things to bring:

  • any prescribed medicines or inhalers
  • stick-on sanitary towels
  • extra underwear

If your treatment requires an overnight stay please bring an overnight bag, toiletries and a towel with you.

Arriving at the clinic for your treatment
Once you have checked in with the receptionist, your name and date of birth will be checked and you will be asked to go into a waiting room. A nurse will collect you and ask if you would like your support person to accompany you through this stage. The nurse will make sure that all your paperwork is complete and accurate. Your medical history will be confirmed.

If you are having a surgical abortion, your nurse will ask you to use the toilet and to undress and put on a gown or the nightshirt you brought with you. She will then show you where to store your belongings.

What about my support person during my treatment?
If you are under the age of 16 a female support person can stay with you if you wish, right up until you go into theatre when you will usually be asleep. You will have a bpas support person with you throughout your treatment.

For all our clients we will also keep your own support person up to date with your progress if you wish and you will be reunited with them as quickly as possible.

Things to make you more comfortable when you attend for treatment
If you are having a surgical abortion under general anaesthetic (asleep) to make you feel more comfortable you may want to bring:

  • a nightdress (which needs to be short sleeved with a scoop neck) or a long, baggy t-shirt to be worn during the treatment. We also have cotton operating gowns you can use
  • slippers or suitable non-slip footwear
  • a dressing gown

Personal items

Glasses and contact lenses
Many people now sleep in soft contact lenses and this may be acceptable for short procedures. Please ask the nurse or the anaesthetist. You may keep your glasses on until the last moment.

False or loose teeth can interfere with the anaesthetist’s oral equipment. If you have dentures please discuss this with the anaesthetist.

Jewellery, make-up and nail polish
You must remove all jewellery and decorative piercings (including tongue piercings). If you can’t remove it then we will cover it with tape to prevent accidental damage to your skin. Please also remove your make-up and nail polish.