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Instructions for patients attending for a surgical procedure.

You have received these instructions because you are have an appointment at the clinic for either a surgical pregnancy termination, a curettage following a miscarriage, or an IUD insertion or removal.

If you received a link to this page and had anticipated that your appointment was for a medical abortion (abortion pill)  please call the clinic immediately. Specific instructions are required for medical abortions and it may not be possible to change the type of abortion procedure on the day.  

Important:

To maintain safe social distancing requirements, only patients will be permitted into the clinic. 

All patients must either be fully vaccinated OR you must have a COVID test 3 days prior to your appointment and show evidence of a negative test upon arrival at the clinic.

If you have ANY symptoms (runny nose, sneezing, coughing, sore throat, headache, aching muscles or joints), please reschedule your appointment immediately. You must postpone your appointment until you have received a negative COVID test and your symptoms have resolved.

If you have a support person who will be collecting you from the clinic after your procedure, we will notify them by SMS approximately 30-40 minutes prior to your expected discharge time.

All patients must wear a face-mask and check-in using the Service NSW COVID Safe Check-in. 

Preparation

  • No food or drink for 6 hours prior to appointment.
  • You may drink plain water or clear apple juice until 2 hours prior to your appointment.

We are at 120 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills, approximately 300m to the East of Central Station.

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Bring the following

  • Medicare card. (or number, including expiry date and your Medicare reference number)
  • Payment of the quoted fee is required shortly after arrival, prior to admission for treatment. We accept EFTPOS, MasterCard, Visa or cash.
  • Extra underpants
  • 2 sanitary pads
  • Socks, to keep feet warm after the procedure
  • We will provide you with a gown and a locker to store your clothes and personal belongings.
  • If your GP has ordered pathology tests or an ultrasound scan, please bring a copy of these reports with you or arrange that your GP fax the reports to us prior to your visit. Fax 9690-2505.
  • If you would like us to send a discharge summary to your GP, please bring their name and practice address.
  • A GP referral is not required, although if your GP has provided you with a referral letter, please give this to our receptionist upon arrival.
  • Please do not bring babies or young children to the clinic because they can be stressful and upsetting to other patients.

 

Existing medical conditions

If you have any of the following conditions, please call the clinic to discuss as we may need to give you additional instructions

  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Bleeding or clotting disorders
  • Any known uterine abnormalities, eg. fibroids
  • If you are overweight, with a BMI over 30
  • If your appointment is for a pregnancy termination, if there is a possibility that you may be over 12 weeks, please call the clinic as additional instructions will be required.

Your appointment

You will usually be at the clinic for approximately 3 hours, but visit times may sometimes range from 2 to 4 hours. (From scheduled arrival time to discharge)

Please aim to arrive close to your allotted appointment time as possible. We do not require you to arrive early. Upon arrival you will be asked to read and compete several forms. You will then speak with the doctor who will be performing the procedure. This consultation is between yourself and the doctor only.

Contraception

If you have an appointment for a surgical abortion, are less than 8 weeks* pregnant, and you have previously considered a long-acting contraceptive device, it is cost effective to have an intra-uterine device inserted during this visit. These devices are very safe, over 99% effective, have few side-effects, and will last for 5 years, or until the device is removed.

If this is something that you would like to consider, please read about this option to understand more and call the clinic to advise that you are interested in having an IUD inserted during the abortion procedure. There is an increase in the procedure cost and there will also be an extra charge for the device itself. The clinic can advise what the extra costs will be.

Screening for STI’s may be recommended prior to insertion if you, or your partner have had other sexual partners during the last 12 months, or if you are under 25 years of age.

Cancellations

We ask that if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please call us on 9690-0000 as soon as possible and preferably 24 hours before your appointment so that your appointment time may be offered to another patient.

We are located at

120 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills, approximately 300m to the East of Central Station.

If coming by train, when leaving the platform at Central Station, take the stairs at the Southern end of the platform that are marked “To Southern Concourse”. The stairs at this exit will take you to the intersection of Chalmers Street and Devonshire Street. Follow the light-rail tracks up Devonshire Street, crossing at Elizabeth Street, and the clinic is on the left. We don’t have a sign on the front of our building. Look for a cream coloured building with a black gate.

If coming by car or taxi, it is not possible to park on Devonshire Street owing to the light rail, however metered street parking is readily available on Cooper Street, Holt Street or Waterloo Street which are only a short walk away. If navigating with your car GPS, we suggest that you set your destination to Cooper Street, Surry Hills.

If you inadvertently arrive by car at our street address on Devonshire Street, you must continue along Devonshire Street, turn left into Riley Street, then turn left into Foveaux Street, then left again into Waterloo Street and continue to Cooper Street where street parking is available.

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Parking

Street parking is available in the surrounding area. Best parking is in Cooper Street, Holt Street and Waterloo Street. Parking is not possible on Devonshire Street owing to the light rail.

After your appointment

You must not drive a car for the remainder of the day, so please make suitable arrangements for transport home from the clinic after the procedure.

Most patients return to work the following day.  If you (or your carer) require a medical certificate for the day of your visit, please request this from the doctor during your initial consultation.

If you have arranged for a support person to accompany you home after the procedure, our nurses will call that person about 30 minutes prior to your anticipated discharge time.

We will provide you with;

  • a prescription for antibiotics
  • instructions for your aftercare (yellow sheet)
  • a letter (discharge summary) that you can provide to your GP if required which will summarise your treatment.
  • a copy of your payment receipt(s).

Non Medicare patients who have private insurance as required for their visa, will usually be able to claim a substantial portion of the fee from their private health insurance company.

If you have a Medicare card and if Medicare have recorded your bank details, the clinic can submit the claim for the Medicare rebate on your behalf. To verify that your bank details have been recorded by Medicare, you can contact Medicare prior to your appointment (Ph 132307), or download the Medicare app on your smartphone to link your bank account to your Medicare number. If you are uncertain, request that clinic staff do not process your Medicare rebate until you have confirmed that your correct bank details are recorded.

If you have any questions, please call the clinic during business hours.

Admission forms

You can save time by completing these forms before visiting the clinic, otherwise you can complete the forms upon arrival.

Personal details and medical history form     (all patients)

Counselling questionaire    (pregnancy terminations patients only)

Consent for surgical termination of pregnancy     (pregnancy termination patients only)