Your Medical Pre-assessment and scan
Our medical pre-assessments are designed to ensure that it’s both suitable and safe for you to have an abortion. It is an essential part of the care we provide for our clients.
When does the pre-assessment happen?
You will need to have this assessment done before you can continue with treatment. Most pre-assessment happen over the phone and last about 20 minutes.
Our advice team would typically arrange a time to call you back after your initial call. We’ll do our best to arrange a time which is suitable for you.
Please try to be in a quiet place where you can speak to us freely. We understand that this might be difficult to arrange if you have children or relatives living with you, but some privacy may be the best environment for you to chat to us.
What is included in a Marie Stopes UK medical pre-assessment?
It’s really vital that we take the time to check your medical history to make sure that it is safe for you to have an abortion.
One of our team members will:
- Go through your reason for choosing to have an abortion in line with the Abortion Act 1967 – it is a legal requirement for us to do this
- Offer counselling
- Go through your personal medical history in depth
**Please have the details of the first day of your last period ready for your phone call**
- Discuss which abortion method would be most suitable for you personally and appropriate to your gestation (medical or surgical) – going through risks and benefits
- Discuss contraception and STI testing
- Give any essential guidance in preparation to the specific method of treatment that you have chosen
- Answer any questions you may have
- Book your appointment
Our concierge service to help you plan your flights and accommodation if you have to stay overnight in England.
When do I need to pay for this?
The pre-medical assessment fee will be charged before we book your pre-assessment.
Our commitment to confidentiality and discretion
We urge you to be as honest as possible during your phone assessment. We understand you may be worried about disclosing personal information but our priority is to make sure you are going to receive treatment which is safe for you.
Rest assured that all your details are confidential according to the data protection laws in England and our strict organisational policies. Moreover, as a provider of NHS-funded services for England nationals, we have to meet stringent data protection rules set out in the Data Protection Act 1998.
This is one of the reasons why we set up a private PIN and security question when you initially get in touch with us. We will ask for your PIN and security question for any communication you will have with us so if someone else picks up your phone, they won’t know it was Marie Stopes UK who called you. In the event that we have serious concerns for your (or other’s safety), we do have a duty of care to escalate this in some instances.
On the day of your treatment
Your ultrasound scan
Our nurses will complete an ultrasound examination on the day of your appointment at a Marie Stopes UK centre or clinic within a healthcare setting. The ultrasound scan will determine the gestational age of the pregnancy and confirm that it is safe for you to have the treatment method you chose during your pre-assessment. Sometimes, you may have been pregnant for longer than you first though and the only way to check this is via an ultrasound examination.
The ultrasound examination will confirm the presence of intra uterine pregnancy, confirm gestational age, reveal the presence of multiple pregnancies and rule out an ectopic pregnancy, which will require medical intervention and treatment within an NHS facility.
There are two approaches to ultrasound of the female pelvis, Transabdominal (through the wall of the abdomen) – which is the most commonly used in MSUK, appropriate for most gestational ages and not invasive or Transvaginally (through the wall of the vagina) – which is more appropriate for the earlier gestations.
Our registered nurses will also check:
- Your blood pressure
- Your pulse rate
- Complete a finger prick blood test to check which blood type you are. If your blood group is Rhesus D negative, you would receive and Anti-D injection as otherwise you could develop antibodies that can go on to harm future pregnancies
- Offer you an STI check-up (optional – chlamydia is included, HIV, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis can be added at a cost)
- Discuss the most suitable means of contraception for you moving forward
Having an ultrasound scan somewhere else than Marie Stopes UK
You could opt to have an ultrasound scan done at one of our trusted partner’s clinics in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
We will still do a scan and further checks as detailed above on the day of your treatment.
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