Surgical abortion with general anaesthetic

Plan to be at the clinic for the whole day.

Essential things to bring:

  • Your prescribed medicines or inhalers
  • Stick-on sanitary towels
  • Extra underwear

Can I bring someone along with me?

You can bring someone with you and will need someone to take you home after treatment. Space is a 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. A female adult can stay with you until you go into theatre and can join you afterwards. More information for under 16s

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
  • 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.

As with 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 at treatment

You could bring:

  • A nightdress (must be short sleeved with a scoop neck) or a long, baggy t-shirt to wear during treatment. Or you could use one of our cotton operating gowns
  • Slippers or suitable non-slip footwear
  • A dressing gown

Personal items

Glasses and contact lenses
Ask your nurse or the anaesthetist if you want to keep your soft contact lenses in for short procedures. You can keep your glasses on until the last moment.

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

Jewellery, make-up and nail polish
You do not need to remove your nail polish or false nails – but you will need to 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.
  • All make-up.

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