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Finding the right clinic is important when you need advice on abortion. You need trustworthy, unbiased information from a doctor who can provide the care you need if you decide to have a termination. But how can you find the clinic that will give you all this? Read on to get some advice on finding the private abortion clinics in your area and deciding which one is right for you.
You have lots of options if you’re considering abortion in the UK, but there are some good reasons to choose private care. You’ll be able to get an appointment much faster. You also have more control over your care. You can choose the clinic and consultant who will treat you. Everyone’s experiences are different, but I always feel that a private clinic can be a friendlier and more comfortable place. It might not matter much for some kinds of medical problems, but when you’re discussing abortion it does make a huge difference. You need to feel as open and relaxed as possible when you’re talking with the doctor. The clinic also needs to be a place where you feel safe and calm during the treatment. Taking the time to find the right clinic can therefore make a big difference later on.
Location is the most important factor when you’re choosing a private clinic, particularly for an abortion. If you have a medical abortion then you will want to be able to travel home easily after taking the medication. Narrowing down the options to clinics in your area can also make it much easier to compare your options. Lots of private clinics provide abortion services across London. If you only look at those you can reach easily, there will be a lot less information to process.
Start by deciding where you want to be treated. This will usually be somewhere near your home, but in some cases you might be staying somewhere else while you are being treated. Remember to consider how you will travel to and from the clinic, not just the distance. For example, if you’ll be travelling by car it makes sense to choose a clinic with good road connections to your home. However, if you plan to use the tube you should prioritise those that are near stations you can reach easily.
When you know which area to look in, you can simply search online for clinics in that area. Use Google or another provider to search for “private abortion clinics near…” and fill in the blank with the area, street name, postcode or tube station. You should get a list of options to compare. Try to include at least four or five on the list, but don’t make it too long.
Now that you have a list of private abortion clinics in your area, you need to choose the best one. The first thing I would recommend is just to check that the clinic is listed on the CQC website. The Care Quality Commission is the healthcare regulator for England. Every clinic should be registered with them and the details should match with the clinic website. If the clinic has been inspected recently then there should be a report on the CQC site. It will tell you if there were any health and safety issues that might make you want to avoid a particular clinic.
You’ll probably find that all of the clinics you’ve short listed are registered and that most of them meet the CQC’s inspection standards. The next step is to find out more about each clinic so that you can compare them. I find that a good way to do this is to make a list of the main factors that matter to you. Your list might looks a bit different than mine, but I would recommend that you include:
Make a column for each clinic alongside this list and then tick off each item. I sometimes use a plus sign for clinics that are particularly good or a minus for those that meet the criteria at a lower standard. It can also be a good idea to note down any comments or details like the price. Once you’ve filled in the chart, you should be able to tell which clinic fulfils your needs best. It will be the one with the most ticks or pluses.
The best place to find this information will be the clinic’s own website, but you can also look for reviews posted elsewhere. It’s always good to get an independent opinion from someone who has used the service before you. All reputable private clinics should provide plenty of information to help you make your choice. You should also be able to find contact details that you can use to ask any extra questions that might come up.
All this can seem like a lot of work, but it’s important to make the right choices about your care. How much time you spend investigating and comparing clinics is up to you, but it’s a good idea to check that the clinic offers the right services and has a good reputation. You don’t have to compare hundreds of clinics or create a complicated spreadsheet, unless you really want to. Just decide what matters to you and make sure that the clinic meets your expectations.
What are you looking for in your private clinic?