Who to bring with you

We're happy for you to bring someone along to help and support you. Space is limited though, so just one person.

Our clinics are not suitable for children, please don’t bring them. You will need to make arrangements for childcare as we have no facilities to care for them.

Whoever accompanies you will need to be patient while we carry out all the checks and medical tests needed during your appointment(s). We need to be sure that your treatment is carried out professionally, safely and within the law. You will see lots of different BPAS healthcare and other staff while you are with us and you can rejoin your partner, friend or relative in between each stage of this process.

The time that you will stay in the clinic depends on the type of appointment you have been booked in for. See What to expect on the day for more detail.

If you are having a surgical treatment under sedation or general anaesthetic (asleep), it is advisable to have someone to take you home. You must not drive yourself home

If you are under 16
Our staff will talk to you to make sure you are fully aware of what's involved with an abortion. If you are sure it’s what you want to do and you understand the procedure and everything that may happen, you can agree to the abortion yourself.

You will need an adult (over 18) to escort you home after treatment. You can choose a female adult to stay with you throughout your appointment with us. They can be with you until you go into theatre if you are having surgery under general anaesthetic (asleep). If you are having surgery under local anaesthetic (awake) they may be able to stay with you during the surgery – ask your nurse.