Where to go

Christchurch Women's Hospital

Christchurch Women's Hospital provides abortion for pregnancies greater than 12 weeks and 6 days.

This service is also provided for West Coast and South Canterbury District Health Boards.

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 in to the Gynaecology Procedure Unit.

You can also contact the Gynaecology Procedure Unit directly for an appointment for pre-decision counselling.


Counselling services at Gynaeoclogy Procedure Unit are focused on supporting women with whatever option and decision they may choose. Pre-decision counselling, when a woman may be unsure of her decision, is also offered. A pre-decision booking does not require a GP (or consultant gynaecologist) referral, but if a decision is made to request an abortion, a woman will need to return to her GP (or consultant gynaecologist) to obtain a referral.

Counselling is available after the procedure and additional appointments can be made at any time by contacting Gynaecology Procedure Unit reception.

Termination at Christchurch Women's Hospital

Pregnancies greater than 12 weeks and 6 days will be terminated using medicines to induce labour.

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.