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Surgical abortion awake treatment appointment

This section contains information about your treatment appointment at bpas, including what will happen on the day of treatment and what you should bring with you. We have also made a film to help you to get a good idea of what to expect when you visit us for surgical abortion treatment awake (using) local anaesthetic.

Click on the image below to view the surgical abortion awake client video

surgical abortion awake

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

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.

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, right up until you go into theatre. You will have a bpas support person with you throughout your treatment. 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. Please discuss this with your nurse.