The Department of Health has published the results of a pilot study on early medical abortions in non-hospital settings.

The results show that large community contraceptive centres, cottage hospitals or polyclinic-type settings could offer a safe, high-quality early abortion service.

Medical professionals will now be consulted on whether early medical abortions should be made available in non-hospital settings and patients will be asked if this would be a preferable option for them.

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