Whatever your decision about the pregnancy, we can link you in to local support services if required.
How can I be referred to discuss having an abortion?
You need to be referred from your GP, or from another health service.
You cannot refer yourself to the hospital service, but you can make an appointment for the Community Sexual Health Service in City and Hackney to discuss your options and arrange referral. To make an appointment phone 020 7683 4103 during office hours.
Women who are registered with a GP outside City and Hackney need to be referred to the service local to their GP. Women who are not registered with a GP will need proof of residence in City and Hackney.
Where do I go for my appointment?
The clinic is based in the women's outpatients department, in Tuke Ward on the first floor of the East Wing Building. Patient access is from the front of the East Wing Building. Please go to the reception in women’s outpatients when you arrive. If you need to change your appointment please phone 020 8510 7445.
How long will my appointment take?
You need to allow about two hours for your appointment. It is important to arrive on time: if you are late we may not be able to see you that day.
What do I need to bring with me?
Please bring any medicines that you are taking and details of any medical conditions that you have. This will help the doctor when she sees you.
Who can come with me to my appointment?
You can bring a partner, relative or friend with you. You may want them to come into the consultation with you, it is your choice. The doctor or nurse may need to see you on your own for some of the time. It is best if you do not bring children into the consultation, because it can be difficult to concentrate if you are looking after a child.
How will the abortion be carried out?
This depends on the size of the pregnancy, your health and your wishes. A decision will be made at your first visit. Either you can take tablets to cause the pregnancy to miscarry or, you can have a small operation under general anaesthetic, usually lasting about ten minutes.
What will happen on my first visit?
First, you will see a nurse:
- she will take your medical history and talk to you about your decision
- she will be able to discuss any concerns or worries
- she will give you advice and information about future contraception.
You may see a counsellor:
- if you would like more time to think about any aspect of your decision or your feelings about it.
You will have a scan:
- to confirm the gestation (the length of the pregnancy).
You will see a doctor:
- who will assess your health and explain the risks and benefits of the different options available
- who will book you for the procedure and explain what will happen
- who will also prescribe any contraception that you need.
You will be given written information about the procedure that you have chosen and your future appointments.
The abortion will probably take place within a week of your appointment but at busy times it may be up to two weeks later.
What tests will be carried out in the clinic?
You will have routine blood tests for:
- anaemia (including sickle and thalassaemia, if necessary)
- blood group.
You will also be offered tests for chlamydia and gonorrhoea.
If you would like to have an HIV test, please ask one of the nurses for information.
We do not do cervical smears: if your smear is due, it is better to have it done three months after the abortion.
After the abortion
You will be given written information about the procedure that you have had done and what to expect afterwards.
You are advised not to travel out of the country for at least two weeks after the abortion, just in case you need to come back to hospital for further tests or treatment.
In a small number of cases further treatment is needed more than two weeks after the abortion procedure.
Seeing a counsellor
If you would like to see a counsellor before or after the abortion you can either ask a member of staff to refer you or you can ring her yourself to make an appointment. Couples counselling is also available.
tel: 020 8510 7198
If you need someone to translate for you, please tell a member of staff as soon as possible so that we can book an advocate for your appointment.