Where to go

Wairau Hospital

Wairau Hospital provides abortion services up to 13 weeks of pregnancy.

If your pregnancy is further along than 13 weeks or there are significant medical or personal reasons you will be referred to Te Mahoe Unit in Wellington Hospital.

The First Step

To be referred, you can contact the referring doctor at Civic Family helath or see a GP or Family Planning doctor. They will talk to you and organise some essential blood and swab tests, offer you a counselling appointment and, if you wish, book you in to the clinic at Wairau Hospital.


Counselling is available at the Wairau Hospital, and is offered to every patient. This usually arranged by the referring doctor after the initial appointment.

Counselling is also available post-procedure.

Medical Termination

Medical termination is available up to 9 weeks of pregnancy at Civic Family Health, Blenheim.

Surgical Termination at Wairau Hospital

The procedure is done by vacuum aspiration under general anaesthetic (asleep) up to 13 weeks of pregnancy.

Surgical Termination after 13 weeks

Patients are referred to the Te Mahoe Unit at Wellington Hospital.

Patients travelling to Wellington are directed to WINZ if they are in financial difficulty and can claim under a Special Needs Grant for $300 for their travel expenses.

Follow up

Follow-up is provided by the referring doctor or the operating doctor if preferred by the patient. Follow-up counselling is available in the Social Work Department if needed.