Abortion Services in New Zealand

Bay of Plenty DHB

 

Licensed institutions

Tauranga Hospital

Street Address: Cameron Road, Tauranga
Postal Address: Private Bag 12024
Phone: (07) 579 8000
Facsimile: (07) 579 8487

Whakatane Hospital

Street Address: Garaway Street, Whakatane
Postal Address: PO Box 241, Whakatane
Phone: (07) 306 0999
Facsimile: (07) 307 0451

Tauranga Family Planning Clinic

Street Address: 74 Tenth Ave, Tauranga
Postal Address: 74 Tenth Ave, Tauranga
Phone: (07) 578 8539
Facsimile: (07) 578 8530

Services provided

First trimester

Opened in April 2013 Tauranga Family Planning Clinic has a contract with Bay of Plenty District Health Board to provide an early medical abortion service for eligible women living in the DHB region..

Bay of Plenty District Health Board has a contract with Health Waikato to perform first trimester surgical pregnancy terminations for the eligible women in the Health Board District.

Referrals

Referrals can be made by GPs, Family Planning or the BOP Sexual Health Clinic. The appointments need to be made by the referring clinician.

Appointments

To book an early medical abortion consultation at Family Planning, phone 07 578 8539. Phone calls to this number are answered between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am until 1pm on Saturday.

The surgical service is accessed through a centralised booking office at Waikato Hospital, which organises terminations at Waikato, Tokoroa and Thames Hospitals. The booking office is open 8am to 4:30pm Monday-Friday:

Booking: Booking Coordinator, GOPD, Private Bag 3200, Hamilton
Phone: (07) 839 8957 or for bookings 0800 32 8271
Facsimile: (07) 839 8971
Information required from the referrer

Patient details including NHI number, contact details, first ante-natal bloods and STI screening swabs, LMP or other dating information (if beyond five weeks, scanning result, betaHcG if under five weeks).

Certification

Certification is provided by doctors in the units.

Counselling

Counselling is available to every patient, and is routine unless the patient declines. Post-abortion counselling can be provided on request.

The procedure

Early medical abortion is an option up to nine weeks (63 days) pregnancy. Two medications are taken - the second 24-48 hours after the first medication. These medications cause a miscarriage which commonly happnes within four to six hours of taking the second medication but may take longer. Early medical abortion requires one more visit to a clinic than a surgical abortion.

The surgical procedure is suction curettage under local anaesthetic. General anaesthetic can be arranged on rare occasions for certain medical reasons.

Follow-up

To check the early medical abortioin is complete, a blood test is required a week after the medication has been taken. A follow up appointment with Family Planning within two weeks of the medical abortion is recommended.

Follow-up after a surgical procedure is usually with the referring clinician, but can be provided by the unit on request.

Cost

The early medical abortion service is available only to New Zealand resident women living in the District Health Board catchment. The service is free for these women.

The surgical service is free for eligible patients. The charge for those ineligible for publicly-funded services is approximately $1300.

Second trimester - general grounds

Second trimester pregnancy terminations are performed in Auckland. This service is provided by three private gynaecologists in Auckland (see Auckland DHB second trimester service).

The access is provided through social workers in Tauranga and Whakatane:

Pregnancy Options Social Workers
in Tauranga:
(07) 579 8460
Maternal Social Worker
in Whakatane:
(07) 306 0833

Counselling is provided by social workers at these two services and is available to all women who request this either after the termination or at any stage thereafter.

Second trimester - fetal anomaly

The Bay of Plenty District Health Board has not provided any information about how and where a pregnancy termination service is available for women who have pregnancies with serious fetal abnormality. In the first instance we imagine this service is accessed through local specialist obstetricians.

DHB responsibilities

All District Health Boards are required to provide termination of pregnancy services "for those women who meet the criteria provided by the Crimes Act 1961 and the Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion Act 1977". See Ministry of Health. However they may not necessarily provide the services themselves. Accessing accurate, up-to-date and informative details about how individual District Health Boards provide these services, has been extremely difficult. The information provided here is the best that we have been able to obtain for this district to date. We will continue to update the website as we obtain further information.

Last Updated: 6 July 2014