Abortion Services in New Zealand

West Coast DHB

Buller District, Grey District, Westland District

Licensed institutions in this area

There are no licensed institutions or certifying consultants in the West Coast DHB area

Services Provided

No terminations of pregnancy are performed on the West Coast. Counselling is provided and assistance with arrangements for referral to the Gynaecology Procedure Unit, Christchurch Public Hospital, for procedures for termination of pregnancy.


Referral is through GP or Family Planning or one of the pregnancy counsellors. Appointments should be made directly with the Pregnancy counsellor.


A qualified pregnancy counsellor/social worker is based at Grey Base Hospital. Counselling is provided to all women covering the geographic region from Greymouth to Haast.

Grey Base Hospital West Coast DHB Phone: (03) 769 7400

Grey Base Hospital Social Woirker/Counsellor Pager 46 Ext 2924 Cellphone: 027 244 5982


Another qualified pregnancy counsellor/social worker is based at Buller Hospital in Westport and covers the region for Karamea to Reefton.

Phone: (03) 788 9030

Social Worker/Counsellor Ext 8718

A Maori counsellor is based at Hokitika Health Centre

Phone: (03) 756 9700 ext 7907 Cellphone: 027 244 5999

The counselling service is free and confidential to any woman.

Women receive counselling identifying choice and options available. On the completion of counselling, if appropriate, an appointment is made for the client with the service provided in Christchurch.

Follow-up counselling is available post procedure.


Referrals are accepted from GP, specialists, Sexual Health clinics, Family Planning and also from the woman, her family or whanau. If self-referred after counselling she will need to attend a doctor for tests and dating of the pregnancy.

Tests required are those for the Gynaecology Procedure Unit Christchurch Public Hospital. Results of tests should be faxed directed to the Gynaecology Procedure Unit, Christchurch Public Hospital, or to Christchurch Women's Hospital depending on where the appointment is.

The procedure

Women are referred to Christchurch for the procedure which is supplied by the Canterbury District Health Board which provides a service through the Gynaecology Procedure Unit Christchurch Public Hospital, and Christchurch Women's Hospital.


The service is free for eligible women. Ministry of Health funding is available for Community Service card holders for financial assistance with accommodation and travel vouchers if required.

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: 25 May 2017