Where to go

Epsom Day Unit

Epsom Day Unit provides abortion up to 13 weeks of pregnancy for patients from Auckland, Counties-Manukau and Waitemata DHBs. Medical abortion is available up to 9 weeks of pregnancy for Auckland DHB residents only.

The First Step

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 an appointment at the Epsom Day Unit.


Counselling and is a essential part of the process at the Epsom Day Unit. As well as offering counselling they will also explain the process and options available to you. The counsellor is also available to you after you have been through the termination.

Medical Termination at the Epsom Day Unit

Medical termination is available up to 9 weeks of pregnancy for Auckland DHB residents only.

At least two separate visits to EDU are required.  At the first visit a nurse will give you your first tablets (Mifegyne) to swallow.  You can then go home.  Most women are able to carry on with their usual activities.  You may have some bleeding and period-like cramps. You may feel a bit nauseous. If you vomit within 30 minutes please ring the clinic as you may need to take them again.

It is unlikely that the termination will happen after taking the first set of medication.  You will return to EDU for a second visit between 36-48 hours later.  You will be given the second medication (Misoprostol) to swallow or to insert in your vagina.   You will be given some pain medicine and instruction on how to look after yourself and who to contact if you need help. Then you can go home.

Surgical Termination at the Epsom Day Unit

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

Surgical termination more than 12 weeks pregnant

Abortion for women more than 12 weeks and 6 days pregnant is undertaken at National Women's Hospital.


Follow-up is provided by the referring doctor. Follow-up counselling is available, as above, through the counsellors at the Epsom Day Unit.