Abortion Services in New Zealand

Waikato DHB

Hauraki District, Thames-Coromandel District, Waikato District, Waipa District, Hamilton City, South Waikato District, Matamata-Piako District, Otorohanga District, Waitomo District, Ruapehu District (Ohura, Taumarunui and National Park Wards only)

Licensed institutions

Waikato Hospital

Street Address: Pembroke Street, Hamilton
Postal Address: PO Box 3200
Phone: (07) 839 8957 or for bookings
0800 32 8271
Facsimile: (07) 839 8971

Thames Hospital

All bookings through the central booking office at Waikato Hospital - see above.

Street Address: Mackay Street, Thames
Postal Address: PO Box 707
Phone: (07) 868 6550
Facsimile: (07) 868 9864

Tokoroa Hospital

All bookings through the central booking office at Waikato Hospital - see above.

Street Address: Maraetai Road, Tokoroa
Postal Address: Private Bag, Tokoroa
Phone: (07) 886 7239

Services provided

All three hospitals above are public hospitals, which provide a first trimester service for the whole Midland Region.

Waikato Hospital also provides a fetal anomaly second trimester termination service for the Midland Region to Tauranga, Rotorua, Gisborne and Whakatane.

First Trimester

Appointments

A centralised booking office at Waikato Hospital, 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

Appointments are made by the referring clinician, usually the GP.

Information required from the referrer

NHI number, patient contact details, place of birth, residency status, gestation date scanning, first antenatal bloods and STI screening swabs.

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

The procedure is suction curettage under local anaesthetic or by Medical Abortion for pregnancy gestations less than 63 days (Waikato Hospital only). General anaesthetic can be arranged on rare occasions for certain medical reasons.

Follow-up

The follow-up is usually with the referring clinician, but can be provided by the unit on request.

Cost

The service is free for eligible patients. No service is available for non-NZ residents.

Second trimester - mental health grounds

There is no second trimester service for grounds other than fetal anomaly and some other medical indications.

Second trimester - fetal anomaly and physical health grounds only

Second trimester abortion services for fetal anomaly are provided in Waikato Hospital only.

Appointments

Referral is made to the MAFAU (Maternal and Fetal Assessment Unit). 

Phone:(07) 8398661
Facsimile:(07) 839 8979

Women will be seen by the doctor in the team. Re-scanning is usually done and then arrangements made to provide termination if that is requested by the woman and her family.

Certification

Certification if provided by specialist certifying consultants in the MAFAU.

Counselling

This is arranged through the MAFAU.

The procedure

The procedure is usually by induction. A new protocol using mifepristone with misoprostol as being introduced - September 2004.

Follow-up

Follow-up is offered in the MAFAU where this is appropriate for the women. If they live too far away this may be provided by their local obstetrician and gynaecologist.

Cost

The service is free for eligible patients. No service is available for Non-NZ-residents.

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: 31July 2014