With the surgical termination, your stay can be anywhere between 3 and 6 hours depending on how busy we are and also on your gestation.
On arrival at our clinic you will be required to complete a series of Hospital Admission forms.
After you have finished your admission paperwork and have provided payment, you will see an admission nurse who will check your obs, temperature, and your blood group. If you are early in the pregnancy, you may be required to do a pregnancy test. They will ask if you would like a CST and/or STI check which would be bulk-billed. The nurse will run through the paperwork and surgery details with you, providing you with information on contraception. This is your chance to ask questions in private. The nurse will then take you down to the patient waiting room where you will get dressed into theatre attire including a gown, hat, and shoes.
Once you are ready, the operating doctor will call you in to perform an ultrasound. The doctor will run over the procedure with you and will offer expert advice on contraception, so please feel free to ask questions. If you decide to proceed with the termination, you will be required to sign a consent form with the doctor.
Occasionally, some of our patients decide to continue their pregnancy and we can provide both advice and referral to the nearest obstetric centre for antenatal care, should you wish.
Once you have seen the operating doctor, the anaesthetist will assess your medical history and will discuss the anaesthetic with you.
You are now be ready to have the procedure.
Note: If you are over 12 weeks gestation, you will be provided with medication called Misoprostol. Misoprostol helps to soften the cervix and causes the lining of the uterus to contract, prepping your body for the termination. If you are required to have Misoprostol, you have to have the medication in your system between 1 and 3 hours depending on your gestation. You have to stay at out clinic under supervision for that time before you can go to theatre.