Unplanned pregnancy is very common. Around half of all pregnancies are unplanned. As many as one in three women in the UK have an abortion at some time their lives. The decision to have an abortion is not easy and it can be a very emotional time for women. A small minority have serious emotional difficulties. If this happens talking it through with a trained counsellor can help.
If you live in Lothian and you wish to have an abortion, you can discuss it with us at any of our sexual health clinics
or with your GP. Either can refer you to the Choices Clinic at Chalmers Centre or St Johns Hospital for it to be performed. You will have time to talk and will see staff who will help to support your decision. Your decision to have an abortion and your treatment is a confidential matter between you and the healthcare team.
If you have had a positive pregnancy test and are unsure if you wish to continue with the pregnancy, there are 3 ways that you can be referred to the Choices clinic at the Chalmers Centre to discuss termination of pregnancy (abortion)1. Self referral
If you wish to self refer please call:0131 536 2454 between the hours of 9am to 3pm Monday to Friday.
Please ensure you are able to speak privately when you call. You will be asked for some personal details relating to your appointment.Please note you cannot self refer to the abortion clinic in St Johns Hospital at present.2. GP referral
If you wish to see your GP first then your GP can arrange a referral to the Chalmers Centre or St Johns Hospital if you live in West Lothian.3. Referral from another Clinic
Referral from another clinic within NHS Lothian eg. a (Sexual Health Clinic)
If you wish to be seen in a Sexual health clinic first, you should make an appointment at your nearest clinic and the health care professional that you see in this clinic would refer you to the Choices Clinic at the Chalmers Centre or at St Johns Hospital if you live in the West Lothian.
If you think you might be pregnant don't delay - come and see us or go to your GP as soon as possible. That way you have longer to make an informed decision. There are a number of clinics you can choose from and we will be glad to see you and offer you support.
We strongly recommend that you watch this short film, as it gives you all the information you need about the procedure.
Let's talk about abortion
This factsheet provides more local information about what happens when you have an abortion in Lothian.
Please read our full patient leaflet here.
If you want to find out more about what termination of pregnancy involves you can look at any of the websites below:
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service: A helpful website with information for women facing a difficult choice. See www.bpas.org/bpaswoman.php?page=123.
The FPA: The FPA has a long history of providing good information and leaflets about all sorts of sexual health issues, including termination of pregnancy. Go to www.fpa.org.uk/Homepage.