Surgical abortion with local anaesthetic /


Plan to be at the clinic for at least 3 to 4 hours.

Before your treatment appointment:

  • We encourage you to eat a light meal and drink as normal 
  • Before arriving at the clinic take 800 mg ibuprofen (4 x 200 mg tablets or 2 x 400 mg tablets) by mouth.  If you cannot take ibuprofen then take 1000 mg paracetamol (2 x 500 mg tablets)

Essential things to bring:

  • Prescribed medicines or inhalers
  • Stick-on sanitary towels
  • Extra underwear
  • Gown or nightshirt

Can I bring someone along with me?

You must have someone to accompany you home if you are having sedation. Space is a limited at our clinics, try to make sure it's only one person. There are no facilities for children so please make arrangements for childcare. 

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.

If you are under 16

A female adult of your choice can stay with you throughout your treatment and you need an adult (aged 18 or over) to take you home when it is finished.

You could have a BPAS support person with you throughout treatment if you prefer, and we will keep your own support person up to date with your progress and you can rejoin them as quickly as possible.

It's not possible for a male support person to accompany you as closely as a female, because we have to protect the privacy of our other clients too.  More information for under 16s

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.

More detailed information about Vacuum aspiration.

Important information for if you are having conscious sedation with your vacuum aspiration abortion