DoH signals go-ahead for polyclinic abortions

Community settings such as polyclinics could offer a safe and high quality service for women requiring abortions, claims the DoH.

Polyclinics, community contraceptive centres and cottage hospitals could all carry out early medical abortions in a bid to reduce the time women have to wait for an abortion. 

It follows findings from a pilot study at a community hospital in Buckinghamshire and at a stand-alone unit within a hospital in central London, both of which were offering drug-induced abortions before gestational day 63. 

Three abortion clinics also took part to enable researchers to make direct comparisons between the non-traditional pilot sites and more traditional forms of provision. 

The study showed that 62 per cent of the 375 women who had an abortion at the pilot sites said that it was positive move to provide abortions in community settings. 

Medical professionals will now be consulted on whether or not early medical abortions should be made available in non-hospital settings, says the DoH. Patients will also be consulted.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

DoH Evaluation of Early Medical Abortion Sites 2008

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