Termination of pregnancy
We offer a confidential and discreet abortion/termination of pregnancy service at Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Goole hospitals. Our doctors and nurses will care for you in a non-judgemental manner, regardless of your age.
An abortion is the medical process of ending a pregnancy. It is also referred to a ‘termination of pregnancy’ or ‘termination’. An abortion is different from a miscarriage, where the pregnancy ends without medical intervention.
If you have discovered you are pregnant and have decided not to go through with the pregnancy you can request a termination by calling one of the numbers below, attending your local sexual health clinic or by visiting your GP.
Patients can refer themselves, or can be referred by their GP, nurse or family planning clinic.
At your appointment
We recognise that in many cases this can be a very difficult decision to make and as such once you have been referred you will be sent an appointment to see the Nurse in the Pregnancy Advisory Clinic. This nurse works within the unit and will discuss your reasons for deciding to have a termination of pregnancy.
You need to attend the appointment with a full bladder as you will firstly have an ultrasound scan to determine how many weeks pregnant you are. This information is needed to complete the treatment effectively. The nurse will also explain how your pregnancy will be ended, so that you can make an informed choice about whether or not you wish to continue with the procedure. You will also have a routine blood test to tell us what blood group you are and to make sure that you are not anaemic (low in iron).
At your counselling appointment, you will be given a date to start your treatment. Ideally this will be carried out as soon as possible, sometimes on the same day (depending on the availability on the ward) When you have chosen the type of termination you would like (medical – using tablets, or surgical – going for an operation – Grimsby only) a date will be agreed to start your treatment.
Please note Scunthorpe DO NOT offer surgical termination.
The medical treatment consists of two parts. The first part is taking a tablet and having bloods taken. The second part is two days later when you would come in for a hospital stay. The length of stay depends upon the size of the pregnancy and the effectiveness of the treatment. If you have chosen surgical, in some cases it may be necessary for you to stay overnight when attending for your second appointment. We also offer surgical termination of pregnancy if you are less than 12 weeks pregnant.
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