How should I prepare for a surgical abortion with general anaesthetic?

Please do not take any solid food from 6 hours before your appointment.

You can drink water up to 2 hours before your appointment.

Please do not smoke, chew gum or suck sweets on the day of your appointment.

We strongly recommend that you do not smoke for 24 hours before and after your surgical abortion.

When visiting our clinic for your surgical abortion appointment you should:

  • Bring a dressing gown.
  • Wear comfortable and loose clothing.
  • Remove any facial and body piercing, makeup and nail varnish.
  • Remove contact lenses if you wear them (bring a pair of glasses with you)

We ask that you have a trusted person (over 18) to take you home after your appointment and stay with you for 24 hours.

If you are ill in the 2 days before your surgical abortion, please call us. We may have to rebook your appointment for when you are feeling better.