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The Te Mahoe Unit at Wellington Hospital provides abortion and counselling services.

Abortion care at Te Mahoe Unit (TMU) during COVID-19 Alert level 1

We continue to provide abortion services for women in Wellington, Hutt and Kāpiti.

Abortion care is an essential part of health care for women and we will maintain services even where non-urgent or elective services are suspended.

Please continue to contact us for advice on abortion. We will provide your care as early as possible in your pregnancy.

If you are worried about being able to travel to hospital for any reason please contact us.  We will work with you to find a solution that is best for you.

Changes to the law governing abortions took effect on 24 March. There is now no longer a requirement for certifying consultants to certify the grounds for abortion.

If you need abortion services or advice you can: 

  • Contact us directly phoning Te Mahoe Unit  on 04 806 0761.  If you contact us directly, you will still need to contact your GP or Family planning to get blood tests ordered and an ultrasound scan ordered – you should not be charged for either of these services
  • OR
  • Ask your GP or Family Planning to refer you.

Options available to you

Under 9 weeks pregnant 

You will be able to opt for an early medical abortion if you are 9 weeks pregnant or under and have no medical or other issues that would make this option unsafe.

You will need to come to Te Mahoe Unit at Wellington Hospital for at least one appointment.  You will be given all the medications and information you need to have an early medical abortion safely at home.

You’ll be given advice on:

  • How and when to take the medications
  • A 24 hour phone number to ring if you have complications
  • Follow up information
  • A prescription for pain relief and anti sickness medication will be faxed to your nearest pharmacy for you to collect.

9-14 weeks pregnant

If you are between 9 and 14 weeks pregnant you can have a surgical termination under sedation.  This is also available if you are less than 9 weeks pregnant if you choose.

You will need to come into the Te Mahoe Unit at Wellington Hospital.

If you are worried about being able to travel to hospital for any reason please contact us.  We will work with you to find a solution that is best for you.

You may need two appointments- one to check your medical history, have counselling  (if you choose to have this), and perform ultrasound and blood tests if these are unable to be done in the community. You’ll then have a second appointment for the procedure.

Where possible we will try to do some of these consultations over the phone so you only have to come into hospital for one appointment. However, this may not always be possible.

Over 15 weeks pregnant

After you are 15 weeks pregnant, surgical abortion will be done under general anaesthetic or spinal anaesthetic.  Your GP should refer you for an ultrasound scan before you come into the Te Mahoe Unit for this procedure.

Counselling services

As we’re trying to minimise person to person contact to prevent the spread of COVID-19, some of your counselling services and medical consultations may be by phone to limit the time you need to spend in the hospital.

However, you may still need to come into the hospital. Our trained administration team will speak to you on the phone to make sure you get the most appropriate consultations for your situation.

Last updated 21 September 2020.