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Unplanned pregnancy is very common. At least half of all pregnancies are unplanned, and in one in five pregnancies a woman will choose to have an abortion. It can be a difficult choice to make and it can be a very emotional time. Talking to people you trust and making sure you have accurate information and support can help.

An abortion is the medical process of ending a pregnancy so it does not result in the birth of a baby. It is also sometimes known as a 'termination' or a 'termination of pregnancy'.
Depending on how many weeks you have been pregnant, the pregnancy is ended either by taking medication or by having a surgical procedure.

How do I get an abortion?

Abortion is available free if you are referred through the NHS. Abortion is also available through private clinics and hospitals where you will have to pay.

  • NHS. You should first see your GP, or contact  your local contraception or sexual health clinic, school nurse or  health visitor. They can refer you to your local NHS service.
  • Privately run clinics. You can contact fee paying abortion providers directly, you do not have to be referred by a doctor

For more information:

Termination of Pregnancy Services in Shropshire - British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS)

As announced in September, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) has been awarded the contract for provision of Termination of Pregnancy Services (TOPS) in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.


BPAS will be accepting new patient referrals from Tuesday, 27 November, 2018, in anticipation of the service starting on Saturday, 1 December, 2018.

The first clinics will be held in the county from Monday, 3 December, 2018.

Information on treatment pathways already in progress with exiting provider
All patients who have begun a treatment pathway with our exiting provider, Marie Stopes International (MSI), will remain within the MSI service until the completion of their pathway (i.e. patients will not be transferred from MSI to BPAS mid-way through their treatment pathway).

Below please find an introduction from BPAS which includes information on the service and how to refer patients:

November 2018 - A message from Nick Bates, Development Manager, British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS):

Dear Colleagues

Termination of Pregnancy Services in Shropshire

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) is a not-for-profit independent healthcare organisation providing termination of pregnancy services on behalf of the NHS for 50 years.

It has been awarded a new contract to provide Termination of Pregnancy Services in Shropshire commencing on Saturday, 1 December, 2018, providing the following advice, treatment and aftercare:

  • Pregnancy options counselling
  • Pre-treatment assessment for abortion
  • Same day assessment and abortion treatment
  • Medical and surgical abortion up to 24 weeks gestation
  • Post abortion counselling
  • Contraception (including LARCs)
  • STI Testing
  • 24 hour aftercare line

Clinic Locations

Clients can access our services at the following local locations or alternative clinics which may be more suitable for them.

BPAS Shrewsbury

Radbrook Green Surgery, Bank Farm Road, Radbrook, Shrewsbury. SY3 6DU

Session times:

  • Monday 09.00 - 16.30
  • Tuesday 08.30 - 17.00

BPAS Telford

Based in the Open Clinic Sexual Health Services, Bishton Court, Ironmasters Way, Telford. TF3 4JE

Session times:

  • Wednesday 08.00 - 17.30

More information on clinic locations can be found at

Booking Appointments

Our Booking and Information Team will be taking calls and booking clients into appointments from Tuesday, 27 November, 2018.

Patients can self-refer, please give your patient our booking line number:

Call 03457 30 40 30 (open 24/7)

Useful Information

Please find attached a booking and information line contact number card, a considering abortion leaflet, and a GP notice board poster. Written referrals are not necessary however if this is your preference please use the attached referral form available in word and PDF formats.

To order more literature please visit our resource centre

For further information please contact me, Nick Bates on 07833 050653 or email

Yours sincerely

Nick Bates

Development Manager


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