Find out what to expect when you come to the termination of pregnancy clinic for your appointment.

Before your appointment

You will normally be seen within a week of referral. You are welcome to bring a relative, close friend or carer with you to your appointment, but this person must be an adult. You are welcome to ask for a chaperone and we will endeavour to provide one for you.

During your appointment

Please check in at the main reception desk and complete a registration form. You can expect to be seen within half an hour.

This is a one-stop clinic. Please expect your appointment to take up to three hours, as you will see administrative staff, a family planning nurse and a doctor. You may also want to see a counsellor while you are at the clinic.

Please note that we are a teaching hospital, so medical students may be present for some appointments. If you do not wish to have them in the room please let the nurse or doctor know and the students will be asked to step outside.

At your appointment an administrator will first take your details and register you with St Mary’s Hospital. After this you will see a nurse specialist who will take a medical history, discuss the options available to you and perform any necessary blood tests. She will also help you to choose a method of birth control to use in the future.

You will then see the doctor, who will perform an ultrasound scan (unless you have already had one) to confirm how many weeks pregnant you are. The doctor will then discuss with you which methods are available. If you wish, you can also arrange to see a counsellor.

The doctor will explain the procedure, help you complete a consent form and prescribe your choice of birth control which will be given to you when you leave St Mary’s Hospital.

After your appointment

You will be given a date for your procedure at St Mary's Hospital. 

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