Pregnancy Advisory Service
If you have found out that you are
pregnant and wish to discuss your options regarding a possible termination of
pregnancy (also called an abortion), you can self-refer to the Pregnancy
Advisory Service on 01709 424542 to make an appointment. We are based in
When you make the phone call, a few
details will be taken by a member of staff to arrange the first consultation
(which can either be by telephone or a face-to-face appointment). This first
consultation will be a discussion only; we will find out more about you and
your medical history, and we can explore what options are available to you. If
you decide to have a termination of pregnancy, this can be arranged on a
All information is confidential, and we
would not inform your GP routinely.
What happens at the
After your first consultation, you will
be invited to attend the clinic in Rotherham face-to-face. This appointment will involve
meeting the staff to discuss what has happened so far, as well as having some
blood tests and an ultrasound scan. We will also discuss contraception moving
forwards. As there may be a number of things to do, you can expect to spend up
to three hours in the clinic.
You may be able to begin the
termination of pregnancy on the same day, depending on a number of factors and
the method chosen.
You may meet a number of people at the
clinic, including our nurses, healthcare support workers, and sonographers. You
may also meet a doctor, depending on your medical history.
We can also directly refer to you a
counselling service, should you wish to consider this.
What methods of
termination are there?
The method available will depend on how
many weeks pregnant you are on the day of your procedure, but in general, there
are medical methods and surgical methods.
- Under 10 weeks
- If suitable, both
medical methods and surgical methods may be offered.
- Medical termination
of pregnancy involves taking two different tablets, 48 hours apart, to cause
the uterus (womb) to expel the pregnancy. Depending on your medical history and
support, this method can be offered to do at home or whilst in hospital.
- Surgical termination
of pregnancy involves having a suction procedure, either under local
anaesthetic or general anaesthetic.
- Over 10 weeks pregnant
- If choosing the
medical treatment, this would be done in hospital (not at home).
- If choosing the
surgical treatment, this would be done under a general anaesthetic. At
Rotherham Hospital, we can only do this up until you are 12 weeks pregnant. If requesting
a surgical termination of pregnancy after 12 weeks, we would make a referral to
another unit/hospital for you.
- 18 weeks pregnant and
- Unfortunately, we are
not able to perform termination of pregnancy after 17+6 weeks gestation at
Rotherham Hospital (this includes both medical treatment and surgical
treatment). However, we would make a referral to another unit/hospital for you.
Effective contraception allows you to
choose when (if at all) you wish to plan a pregnancy, at a time that suits you
best. Therefore it’s an important aspect of your care with us. We can offer all
methods of contraception in our service, including the most effective methods,
such as implant, intrauterine device (coil), and injection.
Service: 01709 424542
ward (B11): 01709 424349
Assessment Unit (EPAU): 01709 427072
switchboard: 01709 820000