Where to go

Wellington Hospital

The Te Mahoe Unit in Wellington Hospital provides an abortion up to 18 weeks of pregnancy.

This is Information for women seeking advice on abortion in Wellington, Hutt and Kapiti regions during the COVID crisis

This service for the greater Wellington area (Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley DHB) and accepts referrals by arrangement from Mid-Central, Whanganui, Nelson-Marlborough, Wairarapa, Hawkes Bay and Tairawhiti DHBs.

Please note the current CCDHB policy during the COVID crisis is that no support people or children are allowed into the hospital to accompany women attending for an appointment

 

 

The First Step

  • Self- referral is possible by phoning Te Mahoe  on 04 806 0761
  • Women can still be referred to the unit from FPA or their GP
  • Women who self refer will still need to contact FPA or their GP to get blood tests ordered and an ultrasound scan ordered – you should not be charged for either of these services
  • At this time routine swabs for sexually transmitted infections may not be able to be done and women will be given an appropriate antibiotic to cover the possible risk of infection at the time of their abortion even if that risk is low.

Counselling

Counselling is optional but you will be given information explaining the process and contraception options for afterward. The counselor is also available to you after you have been through the termination.

Medical Termination at the Te Mahoe Unit

Medical abortion is available up to 9 weeks of pregnancy for women who live within one hour of a tertiary hospital, have a good understanding of English, reliable support and living in a home situation practical for a miscarriage.

Te Mahoe will, in the future, be able to offer a one day service when clinically appropriate. Please note that currently, this is not always possible for all women or suitable if women have medical conditions or other issues.  

Surgical Termination at the Te Mahoe Unit

The procedure is done by vacuum aspiration under local anaesthetic (awake) up to 14+6 weeks of pregnancy.

Te Mahoe will, in the future, be able to offer a one day service when clinically appropriate. Please note that currently, this is not always possible for all women or suitable if women have medical conditions or other issues.  

For pregnancies between 14+6 and 18+0 weeks in performed under general anaesthetic ( asleep) or a spinal anaesthetic ) usually as a day stay but some women may have to stay overnight if they live outside the Wellington area.

Follow-up

Follow-up for surgical termination is provided by your GP or FPA. Follow up for early medical termination is provided by Te Mahoe unit. Follow-up counselling is available, as above, through the counsellors at the Te Mahoe Unit. Unit.