Where to go

Taranaki Base Hospital

Taranaki Base Hospital provides surgical abortion up to 16 weeks and medical abortion up to 9 weeks of pregnancy.

The First Step

You can call the clinic directly. Please leave a clear message and you will be called back on a Tuesday or Friday. To be referred, you can 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 see another doctor who will then refer you to the abortion service if you plan to go ahead.


Counselling can be arranged through the pregnancy choice counsellors at the Taranaki Base Hospital, but you may also be seen at one of the other local centres: Hawera, Stratford, Opunake, Patea, Waverly, Waitara, Mokau Health Centres.

Medical Termination at Taranaki Base Hospital

Medical termination is available up to 9 weeks of pregnancy.

Surgical Termination at Taranaki Base Hospital

The procedure is done by vacuum aspiration under General Anaesthetic (asleep) up to 16 weeks of pregnancy. Having the procedure under local anaesthetic (awake) may be an option for some patients.

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 Counselling Department if needed.