Abortion Appointment – What to expect 

If you develop symptoms of the Coronavirus, when you are due to attend your appointment, you must not attend your appointment in person.

Please contact 01324 673555 to re-arrange.   

For more information on Coronavirus- https://www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus                        

  Due to Coronavirus restrictions;

  • you must attend your appointment on your own
  • You must wear a face covering
  • Do not bring another person or children to the appointment


What to expect at the appointment:   

This clinic currently only takes place on a Tuesday afternoon.  When you attend Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Women and Children’s Unit, please ask for Dr Cope’s Gynaecology Clinic. 

Please ensure you have a full bladder for the appointment     

This appointment can last up to 3 hours, and includes:

  • Time to talk through your decision to have an abortion
  • An ultrasound scan to confirm how many weeks pregnant you are
  • Testing for Chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV and Syphilis
  • Consent forms to sign
  • Date for abortion - might be at the 1st appointment, but usually at a later date
  • Discussion about types of contraception available for the future 

A nurse or doctor will talk to you about the different types of abortion available.

There are 2 types of abortion: Medical and Surgical.

  • Early medical abortions may be managed at home.
  • Surgical and later medical abortions take place in a hospital

If you are over 20 weeks pregnant you will need to be referred to another centre for treatment.

A copy of the scan picture will not be made available unless you are referred to a specialist clinic.     

Future Contraception:  

  • Future contraception options may be discussed with you at the appointment
  • After the abortion a sexual health nurse will contact you to make sure you have contraception in place
  • You will also be contacted if you miss your appointment at the clinic
  • For information on different types of contraception -  www.contraceptionchoices.org 
  • For free condoms - www.freecondomscentral.co.uk.

Condoms can help prevent HIV, sexually transmitted infections, and unintended pregnancy.  


The local NHS Forth Valley Sexual Health website also provides information about contraception

You can discuss your contraception options by making an appointment at the sexual health clinic, call the appointment line 01324 673554, Monday to Friday, 0830 – 1230.   


If you are aged 20 or under, you can attend a young people’s clinic


For further informant about Abortion: Abortion - Tests & treatments | NHS inform


Data Protection and Privacy Assurance  

This information has been provided by the Scottish Government on data protection and privacy.  


Information regarding your treatment is used to prepare statistics on patients undergoing abortions in Scotland. These statistics are necessary to monitor service delivery and ensure this can help to improve services available to patients in the future. To do this, data is provided in strictest confidence to Public Health Scotland (formerly NHS National Services Scotland); this is sent securely via the office of the Chief Medical Officer but is never seen by the Chief Medical Officer or their staff. This information is shared in accordance with the requirements of the Abortion Act 1967 and the Abortion (Scotland) Regulations 1991.  

All personal data is processed and stored securely in accordance with data protection law. Data regarding your abortion treatment from the notification form which could allow you to be identified is not shared with any other organisation.  


The information about you may also be linked with other datasets, although you will not be individually identifiable through this. Any such data linkage would be tightly controlled and subject to clear safeguards. Such a data linkage would require full prior information governance approval and be subject to all existing requirements of patient confidentiality and data protection. A full description of the safeguards and approval systems in place can be obtained from the Data Protection Officer for Public Health Scotland (details below).  


You have the right to access your own personal information, including the right to:   

  • confirmation that your personal information is being held or used  
  • access your personal information  
  • additional information about how your personal information is used  
  • the right to request that your personal data is amended if any information held about you is inaccurate


If you’d like to access your personal information which has been provided to Public Health Scotland regarding your abortion, you can get in touch with them with the details of your request, using the following contact details:   

Data Protection Officer  

Public Health Scotland  

Gyle Square  

1 South Gyle Crescent  


EH12 9EB    

Tel: 0131 275 6000    

Email: phs.dataprotection@phs.scot    

See website for more information: www.publichealthscotland.scot/our-privacy-notice/your-rights/   

Patient information on what to expect at an appointment to discuss termination of pregnancy.

 Information for young people

This short film provides information for young people about abortion and abortion services locally.  The factsheet provides specific local information and a bit more detail that we couldn't fit in the film.

Forth Valley Directory of Sexual Health Services - provides details of local / national organisations offering free information and support.

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