What you need to know about your appointment
The following information is provided here to help make your potential stay as efficient, safe, and comfortable as possible. When making your booking, whether you're undergoing a surgical abortion or a medical abortion, our staff will remind you of the relevant information you will need prior to your appointment.
- Current Medicare card
- Health Care card, pension card, if any
- Blood Group report, if any
- Ultrasound Report, if any
- All of your current medications
- A packet of adhesive sanitary pads (not panty liners)
- A supportive adult to accompany you home
Your anaesthetic options will be discussed with you prior to your operation and your anaesthetist will be with you throughout your entire operation to monitor your heart and oxygenation - as well as your anaesthesia.
It's important that you have nothing to eat (including milk) for 5 hours and nothing to drink except clear fluids (up to 200 mls of water, black tea or black coffee) for 4 hours prior to your appointment.
Please do not wear jewellery, make up or nail polish as this may interfere with your monitoring.
After your operation you are likely to feel slightly tired for the rest of the day and it's also possible to experience transient light headedness. For these reasons you must have a responsible adult accompany you home and, wherever possible, you avoid public transport.
You should take all of your usual medications on the morning of your appointment EXCEPT oral hypoglycaemic agents if you have diabetes. If you are insulin or steroid dependent or have any concerns about a specific illness, please let the clinic know at the time of your booking.
You'll be given information outlining your operation and anaesthesia, your medical history will be reviewed, and you'll be able to freely discuss your decision and concerns with your counsellor. This may be a time consuming process but it's necessary to enable you to make an informed decision and to sign medical consent.
Your stay in the centre will last for approximately 3-5 hours from the time of your appointment until you're ready to go home. Written post-operative instructions will be provided and you will be offered advice on future contraceptive choices. You will be given a script for antibiotics and for oral contraception should you require it.
Please note there are no facilities for children at the clinic.
If English is not your first language it is usually easiest for you bring a friend or relative to interpret for you. If this is not possible, please notify the clinic prior to your appointment so an interpreter can be arranged.
All the clinic's doctors will bulk bill their fees for the abortion surgery (operation) and the anaesthesia. The clinic will however, charge you a nursing plus accomodation fee for your stay with us and this amount varies with your circumstances. Please discuss this with the staff at the time of your booking.
It's important to remember you are never alone. We are here to offer you support, treatment and care, as well as service.