Where to go

Thames Hospital

Thames Hospital provides surgical abortion up to 13 weeks of pregnancy.

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 clinic at Thames Hospital.


Counselling is optional at Thames Hospital, though the counsellors in the social work department are also very good at explaining the process so it is well worth talking to them.

Medical Termination at Thames Hospital

Medical termination is not available at Thames Hospital.

Surgical Termination at Thames Hospital

The procedure is done by vacuum aspiration under local anaesthetic (awake).

Surgical termination more than 13 weeks pregnant

There is no public funding for abortion for women in the Waikato region except in the case of fetal anomoly. You can access privately funded abortion in Auckland via referral from your GP or Family Planning doctor.

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.