Abortion Services in New Zealand

Lakes DHB

Taupo District, Rotorua District

Licensed institutions

Rotorua Hospital

Street Address: Cnr Arawa & Ranolf Street, Rotorua
Postal Address: Private Bag 3023, Rotorua
Phone: (07) 348 1199
Facsimile: (07) 349 1309

Services provided

First trimester

Appointments

Bookings are made directly by the referring GP with the 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

Occasionally when appointments are not available in the Waikato women are referred to AMAC in Auckland, a private service.

A few early terminations are provided by Rotorua gynaecologists in the local hospital under certain circumstances such as when laparoscopic sterilisation is required at the same time.

Information required from the referrer

NHI number, patient contact details, gestation date scanning, first antenatal bloods and STI screening swabs.

Certification

There are certifying doctors working in these clinics who are able to provide this. Some patients will be referred with one certificate from their referring doctor.

Counselling

Counselling is available through Rotorua Hospital social workers accessed through the main hospital switchboard number listed above (07 348 1199). Only those who request counselling or those women whose GP considers counselling is important or necessary are seen.

Post-abortion counselling is available.

The procedure

The procedure is suction curettage under local anaesthetic. General anaesthetic can be arranged on rare occasions for certain medical reasons. Medical abortion is not available.

Follow-up

Follow-up is provided by the referring GP. Complications requiring admission will be dealt with at Rotorua Hospital.

Cost

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

Second trimester - all grounds, other than fetal anomaly

Second trimester terminations are arranged by the referring GP through an Auckland gynaecologist phone 09 520 9361.

Travel and accommodation costs are covered by WINZ for women with a Community Services card.

The first certificate can be provided locally.

Second trimester - fetal anomaly

Terminations of pregnancy for fetal abnormality are normally carried out at Rotorua Hospital, depending on gestation.

Referrals are made via the antenatal clinic.

Second trimester terminations for fetal anomaly are carried out using mifepristone and misoprostol.

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: 14 October 2008