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Coronavirus (COVID-19) essential information

Treatment is available at all gestations up to 24 weeks

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Open as usual for abortion services

We offer abortion treatment pills-by-post for pregnancies up to 10 weeks gestation. This is only for women who live in England, Scotland, Wales and for some women in Northern Ireland.  Following a telephone consultation and all necessary checks - you can take abortion pill medications safely at home without visiting a clinic.  Even if your medication is delayed in the post by a couple of days, you should take the tablets as directed and they will still be effective, even if your pregnancy is slightly above 10 weeks' gestation.

Early medical abortion (the abortion pill) is the routine treatment option for all pregnancies up to 10 weeks' gestation providing it is suitable and safe. Don't worry if your gestation is over 10 weeks or that the abortion pill is not suitable or safe for you, we can still arrange treatment. Please don't delay contacting us about your treatment as we continue to offer medical and surgical abortion care at up to 24 weeks' gestation. Most NHS contracts allow you to make your own appointment without first contacting your GP - we can tell you if you are eligible when you call.

Your consultation and full medical assessment takes place with a nurse or midwife over the telephone.  The nurse will discuss your options and the reasons for your decision, your medical history and your treatment options. Following this discussion, we will either send your abortion pills by post or make an appointment for your treatment at one of our clinics.

We have reduced the number of times you need to visit the clinic, and the length of time you spend at clinic.

The use of telemedicine and sending abortion pills by post was only made possible since the government agreed to change the rules in response to the COIVD-19 situation.  Previously women were always required to take the first part of their abortion pill treatment in the clinic.

We are closely monitoring the advice from the World Health Organisation, NHS, Foreign Office and Government guidelines regarding the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

Advice if you are attending a BPAS clinic in person

You will need to wear a mask at all times in the clinic.  If you do not have a mask then we will provide you with one.  

For safety, please do not attend your in person appointment at the clinic if: 

  • You have symptoms of COVID
  • Or you are required to isolate.

If your face to face appointment with us is within your 10 day isolation period, please call us to rebook.

Visit NHS 111 online for more information and advice.

 

Client Companions

To protect clients and staff and to comply with infection control measures we are restricting the number of client companions/escorts allowed into our clinics. Clients can only bring someone with them to the clinic if the following applies:

  • The client is less than 18 years of age
  • The client needs to be accompanied because they are confined (such as prison or mental health hospital)
  • The client needs support for a physical condition or is a vulnerable adult requiring help with decision-making
  • The client requires treatment for a fetal anomaly and the clinic is able to provide a private room

If the client does not fall into any of the above categories, their escorts may drop them off and pick them up but cannot enter the clinic. The client will be asked to advise their escort of the likely pick-up time and request their escort to stay local to the clinic. 

Information updated 12.10.2021