service is still running during Covid-19. We are doing
clinics at BAH and CLS. If anyone wishes to access our service
please phone 01388 455333 for an appointment line and/or to
discuss your options.
If you are unsure of your decision we offer a counselling
service with a trained nurse counsellor, Trudy Oliver.
To book an appointment with Trudy please phone Bishop Auckland
01388 455110 between 8am - 5pm Monday - Thursday.
To book an appointment for a termination of pregnancy
please phone Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm
The legal limit for a termination of pregnancy in this country
is up to 24 weeks. In this Trust we offer it until 16 weeks.
So while it is important to have an early appointment, please
ensure you are at least 5 weeks pregnant when you phone. Our
receptionist will ask you some questions regarding this. If at your
consultation appointment you are greater than 16 weeks pregnant, we
will give you information of other providers.
Consultation appointments are carried out at Bishop
Auckland Hospital, Chester-le-Street
Community Hospital, Darlington Memorial
Hospital and University of North
At your consultation appointment you will be seen by a
specialist doctor/nurse who will discuss your general medical
history and help you decide your future contraception. It is our
policy that you are seen initially on your own. You may take
someone in with you after this.
You will then see a gynaecologist who will perform an abdominal
scan to determine how many weeks pregnant you are. Occasionally you
may need to have a vaginal scan and this will be discussed with you
at clinic. Once your pregnancy has been seen on scan you will be
consented for your termination.
Our nurse specialist will see you to book you in for your
termination, give you more details, answer any questions that you
may have and take blood if required.
Treatment for termination
Medical termination - this involves a further 2
visits, the second of which will be at Bishop Auckland Hospital.
You will be required to take two different tablets. Click here for further
Medical termination at home - this involves a
further 2 visits, the second of which will be at Bishop Auckland
Hospital. You will be required to take two different tablets. You
need to fit strict criteria. Click here for
Manual vacuum aspiration (MVA) - this
involves 1 visit to Bishop Auckland Hospital, where you will need
to stay approximately 3 hours. You need to be less than 8 weeks
pregnant to have this procedure.
Surgical termination of pregnancy - this
involves 1 visit to Bishop Auckland Hospital. You will stay
approximately 4 - 6 hours. You need to be less than 12 weeks
pregnant and have a responsible adult to accompany you, and stay
with you for the remainder of the day. Click here for more
The team are supportive, non-judgemental
and we respect your right to change your mind at any
time. Please just talk to us.
'I cannot commend the clinic enough. It is marvellous we
have this service at all and well done to you all.'
Patient, Coronary Heart Disease / Heart Failure Service, Shotley
Bridge Community Hospital