Termination of pregnancy - surgical

This page gives you more details about surgical termination of pregnancy.

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If you visit the clinic, after that you will attend the ward for information about your admission date. A nurse on the ward will discuss the procedure with you and advise you when you should avoid food

Please note that this includes both sweets and chewing gum.

You may bring someone with you who is able to stay with you for the day.

Once returned from theatre, you can expect to stay on the unit for approximately two hours or until the nurse/doctor is happy that you are well enough to go home. You must arrange for an escort to travel home with you either by private transport or taxi.

On admission, depending on the gestation of the pregnancy you will be given pessaries to soften the cervix (this is the opening of the uterus at the top of the vagina). This may cause some bleeding and period type cramps. Please ask the staff for painkillers if required.

You are advised to use bedpans if you start to bleed. The doctor performing the procedure and the anaesthetist will visit you on the unit prior to going to theatre. Then you will dress in a gown and a trolley will take you to theatre. The procedure usually lasts only 20 minutes.

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It is very important to have effective contraceptive for when you leave the ward.

The nursing staff will be happy to discuss this with you and can administer some contraceptives but if not can guide you to the nearest service to where you live

Options in brief

  • The Pill should be started within 24 hours of the procedure. An initial supply will be given to you and repeat supply can be obtained from your local family planning clinic/GP
  • The injection (Depo) this can be given to you on discharge from the unit and needs to be repeated every 11-12 weeks.
  • The Implant can be possibly fitted during your procedure.
  • The IUD/ IUS (coil) can be inserted at the time of your procedure
  • The CAP (Diaphragm) can be supplied and fitted within 1-2 weeks after your procedure at your local FPC/GP
  • Sterilisation You can be referred to see a Gynaecologist at the RVI to discuss this or via you GP to your local unit
  • Condoms should always be used to reduce the risk of sexual transmitted infections.

Please remember that we are here to help you. If you have any questions, doubts or worries please just ask.

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Contact details

Royal Victoria Infirmary
Queen Victoria Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
  • tel: 0191 282 5618 Ward 40 (24 hours)
  • tel: 0191 282 5640 Ward 40 Day Unit (Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm)

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