The Women's Clinic, Invercargill
Abortion services and Telehealth abortion services in the Southland region can be accessed through The Women's Clinic in Invercargill. All women from the region considering abortion will be assessed at The Women's Clinic.
The clinic is free to Southern DHB residents living in Southland and offers medical abortion for the first 10 weeks of pregnancy and surgical abortion for the first 15 weeks of pregnancy.
The Women's Clinic offers private medical and surgical abortion services to non-residents.
The First Step
You can contact the clinic directly on 0800 226 784.
The reception staff will book you an appointment with the clinic nurse. During the nurse consultation, you will be able to discuss your situation and will be given more information about your options. The nurse will also organise some essential blood and swab tests. Ultrasound scanning is also performed at the clinic.
For women who are in the first 15 weeks of pregnancy, abortion will be provided by The Women's Clinic. If you require abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy you will be referred to Dunedin, the Te Mahoe unit in Wellington or a Private Auckland Consultant.
All women who book at The Women’s Clinic will be offered optional counselling. Counselling is provided by the Social Work department at Kew Hospital. This service is free of charge to NZ residents and offers the opportunity to discuss the social and emotional aspects of the decision to terminate a pregnancy. The counsellor is also available to you after you have been through the termination.
Medical Abortion at The Women's Clinic
Medical Abortion is available up to 10 weeks of pregnancy. Medical abortion is funded to Southern DHB residents living in Southland.
Surgical Termination at the Women's Clinic
Surgical abortion up to 15 weeks of pregnancy under local anaesthetic (awake) is available at The Women's clinic. Surgical abortion is funded for Southern DHB residents living in Southland.
Surgical Termination over 15 weeks of pregnancy
Abortion is performed under General Anaesthetic (asleep) and will usually require the woman to travel down the day before the procedure and stay overnight in Wellington.
Surgical abortion over 15 weeks is funded for Southern DHB residents.
Follow-up is provided by The Women’s Clinic, which also includes a comprehensive contraception service.
Follow-up counselling is available at the Social Work Department if needed.
The Women's Clinic services are free to all Southern DHB residents living in Southland who are entitled to funded health care in New Zealand as is surgical abortion for women with a later pregnancy.
For non-residents, residents of other DHB regions and overseas visitors, medical and surgical abortion are available through The Women's Clinic at a cost of $950.