FAQ

General

The following are a series of general questions most often asked by our Patients either over the phone or on arrival at the Clinic.

If you require information specific to our services please contact us directly on 3373 8008.

We hope that these may assist you in some way and if there is anything else we can do to assist you please do not hesitate to Contact Us.

Money Questions

How much does it cost?

The cost of a termination of pregnancy varies depending on how many weeks pregnant you are and whether you undergo a surgical or medical termination of pregnancy.

Surgical Terminations of Pregnancy are cheaper and more effective than a Medical Termination of Pregnancy. However when you contact the surgery we will provide you with a total cost for each procedure. Salisbury Day Surgery is committed to providing competitive pricing for all patients.

Please be aware that the cost of a termination of pregnancy increases significantly the later the procedure is undertaken. Salisbury Day Surgery offers termination services up to 16 weeks and 6 days of pregnancy.

Can I use my private health cover?

We are currently unable to provide you with services you can claim under your private health cover, however we hope to offer this service shortly.

Is there a discount for Single Parent Pension (SPP) or Health Care Card (HCC)?

Discounts are available to patients under 12 weeks of pregnancy, who hold a current concession care (SPP/HCC). Discounts on other services may also apply for Health Care Card holders.

Do I get any money back from Medicare?

Salisbury Day Surgery bulk bills for some of their procedures and services, however as were are a private clinic there are out of pocket expenses which require payment on the day of service.

What if I don't have Medicare?

Unfortunately, you will be required to pay the full amount for any service you are provided, however if you are a student / international non resident and have overseas private cover, we can give you an itemised account that you can take to your fund as you may be able to claim some money back.


Procedure Questions

Do I need a referral from my doctor?

No, you do not need a referral to access our services, however if your doctor has given you a referral we ask that you bring it to your appointment.

Does it hurt?

The majority of women who undergo a Termination of Pregnancy are very comfortable during their stay at the clinic. Some women experience cramping similar to period pain and need mild painkillers.

With Surgical Terminations of Pregnancy, most women will leave the Clinic with mild to moderate pain that can be managed with a simple analgesia that you are advised to take by our staff.

Medical Terminations in the expulsion phase, the pain can be so extreme that some patients will need to attend a medical facility for assessment and pain relief. Between 5 to 10% of women having a Medical Termination will require further assessment and treatment at an outpatients department.

Please Contact Us to discuss any concerns you may have or visit abortion-faq.com.au.

Am I asleep for the procedure?

We provide you with sedation for your procedure, which means that you will sleep comfortably for the duration of your procedure. If you would prefer another type of anaesthetic you can discuss it with the doctor on the day of the procedure.

How long do I have to be at the clinic?

Depending on the procedure the duration of your stay could be between four and six hours-including after care and various consultations with the doctors.

When can I go back to work?

After a termination of pregnancy, you may return to work the following day. A medical certificate and light duties certificate can be provided to you if needed.

Where can I get more information about the decisions I have to make?

You can ring Children by Choice if you feel you need more help making your decision or visit abortion-faq.com.au.

How many weeks do you go up to?

Salisbury Day Surgery specialises in termination of pregnancy up to 18 weeks + 6 days. Any procedure after 19 weeks + 6 days will require specialist advice and referral which are available from this clinic.

When do you start doing terminations?

Salisbury Day Surgery conducts procedures from 5 weeks, which can be determined by ultrasound at the Clinic.


Clinic Questions

Is it all confidential? I.e "is there any chance of someone finding out that I have had an abortion?"

The Salisbury Day Surgery is committed to providing patients with the highest level of confidentiality. We are commited to securing patient privacy and disclosure of patients’ personal health information, as it is fundamental to the day-to-day operations of our Surgery.

The Salisbury Day Surgery recognises that the information we collect is often of a highly sensitive nature, therefore as an organisation we have adopted the highest privacy compliance standards to ensure personal information is protected. All Medical Professionals and employees associated with the Salisbury Day Surgery are well educated and informed regarding the importance of patient confidentiality.

Can I have someone with me?

It is nice to have a support person to accompany you during you time in the clinic, however due to the privacy of all patients your support person cannot go into operative and recovery areas. Out of respect for other patients, please DO NOT bring infants or children to the clinic as they will not be allowed to enter the facility.