Abortion Services in New Zealand

Whanganui DHB

Wanganui District, Rangitikei District, Ruapehu District (Waiouru and Waimarino Wards only)

Licensed institutions

There are no licensed institutions in the Whanganui DHB area. Referral is made to other DHBs to provide termination services for eligible patients.

Services provided

First trimester

Appointments

Initial referral is to the counselling service at Wanganui Hospital, who make appointments for certification and termination procedures.

Appointments are made by the clinician and can be made by phone, fax or letter.

Community Services, Good Health Wanganui
Street Address: Lambie Building, Heads Road, Wanganui
Postal Address:Private Bag 3003, Wanganui
Phone:(06) 348 1282
Facsimile:(06) 348 1209
Information required from the referrer

NZ residency and personal details, including contact telephone number; parity and gravidity, previous TOPs; LMP, pelvic exam findings, USS dating; investigations (HVS, chlamydia and antenatal bloods); history and indications, contraception use at conception; recommended follow-up contraception; gender preference for doctor; whether interpreter is needed.

Referral form available from Te Mahoe Unit, Wellington Hospital. This is also available electronically on Medtech.

Certification

First certification is usually provided by local GP certifying consultant. If this is not possible, both certificates can be provided in the Te Mahoe Unit.

Counselling

Counselling is provided by the social work department at Good Health Wanganui; appointments are made as above.

The procedure

The procedure is performed in the Te Mahoe Unit at Wellington Hospital. See information for Wellington Area.

Follow-up

Women are encouraged to see their referring doctor for follow-up within two weeks of the procedure. Emergency treatment is available at the emergency department at Good Health Wanganui.

Cost

The service is free for eligible patients. For charges for those ineligible for publicly-funded services see Wellington Area.

Whanganui DHB provides assistance for travel (petrol vouchers and cash for parking or return bus fares) and accommodation if needed in Wellington.

Second trimester - all grounds, other than fetal anomaly

Second trimester abortion services for non-fetal anomaly grounds are provided by the Te Mahoe Unit, Wellington Hospital. All arrangements as above for appointments, referral and certification.

Procedure

The procedure is surgical suction curettage under local anaesthetic to 13+ weeks (general anaesthetic can be arranged for medical or social reasons). From 14-15+ weeks, is performed by suction curettage under general anaesthetic. From 16-19 weeks, medical induction using mifepristone and misoprostol. See details for Wellington Area.

Cost

The service is free for eligible patients. The charge for non-NZ-residents is approximately $1200 and an extra $200 for interpreting services if required.

Second trimester - fetal anomaly

Second trimester abortion services for fetal anomaly are provided by the Maternal Fetal Medicine Team at Wellington Hospital.

Referral will usually be made by the woman's obstetrician or GP-obstetrician.

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: 23 March 2009