Accessing services at the Pregnancy Advisory Centre
The Pregnancy Advisory Centre encourages early referral and not a “wait and see” approach. Doctors are legally required to refer patients to another doctor or service even when they have a conscientious objection to terminations.
Appointments can be made by contacting the Pregnancy Advisory Centre on Telephone 8243 3999. The woman herself must confirm the appointment with receptionist. Waiting time for appointments is usually 7 to 10 days.
Women will generally be given an initial consultation appointment at which a decision is made between early medication or surgical termination of pregnancy. A second appointment for the procedure will be made for several days later. The Pregnancy Advisory Centre performs these usually procedures on Monday, Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday.
Special arrangements are made for country women and those women who are 15 or more week’s gestation.
Women who are 9 weeks (63 days) gestation or less will be offered the option of an early medication abortion. An appointment for consultation is made and the abortion will commence on that day if the client is clear about her decision.
Patients don’t have to be referred by a doctor but we are happy to receive GP referrals.
GP’s can facilitate the process by organising:
- a test for blood group (RH status and antibodies)
- Chlamydia screening
- An ultra sound dating scan if dates are unsure
If the gestation is uncertain, women may come to the Pregnancy Advisory Centre for a dating ultrasound scan and an appropriate appointment made after discussion of her options.
- A bHCG level is variable and does not accurately date the pregnancy
- A discharge reply letter will be provided to all letters of referral
Women who have serious medical problems will be assessed at the Pregnancy Advisory Centre. Arrangements may need to be made for these women to have their operation in a hospital. Serious medical problems can include:
- severe hypertension
- poorly controlled asthma
- bleeding problems
- anaemia (Hb <10.0)
- greater than 90kg in weight