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Surgical abortion with local anaesthetic /

sedation

If you have a NEW cough and or a high temperature (above 37.8 degrees) you must self isolate for 7 days. If your clinic appointment with us is within your 7 day isolation period, please call us to rebook.  For safety, please do not attend your appointment at the clinic, you will not be treated if you have these symptoms and you will be rebooked. Visit NHS 111 for more information and advice.

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
  • Slippers, nightshirt and dressing gown

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. However, if that is difficult for you please inform the advisor when booking the appointment. 

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 18

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 - if this is difficult for you, please tell the clinic at the earliest opportunity so that your treatment can be provided safely.

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