Abortion Services in New Zealand

Hutt Valley DHB

Upper Hutt City, Lower Hutt City

Licensed institutions

Hutt Valley Hospital

The Terrace Unit
Street Address: 620 High Street, Lower Hutt
Postal Address: Private Bag 31907, Lower Hutt
Phone: (04) 566 6999
Facsimile: (04) 566 9083

Services provided

Hutt Hospital provides only a very limited abortion service. Capital & Coast DHB provides a regional service for people in the greater Wellington region, which covers the Hutt Valley.

First trimester termination and second trimester on other than grounds of fetal anomaly are provided mainly in Te Mahoe Unit, Wellington Hospital.

Termination under general anaesthetic is provided in Hutt Hospital for those who insist on Hutt Hospital for exceptional circumstances. The referring doctor needs to contact Hutt Hospital gynaecologists to discuss this.

Second trimester also provided mainly in Te Mahoe Unit, Wellington Hospital for mental and physical health grounds.

Terminations for fetal anomaly are provided by Hutt Hospital, under the care of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Team. For gestations up to 14 weeks the method is a surgical procedure, for later gestations the method used is an induction of labour (IOL) using Mifegyne and misporostol (medical abortion).

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: 11 September 2013