Abortion services in the South Canterbury region

Timaru Hospital Gynaecology Department

The Gynaecology Department at Timaru Hospital provides abortion for pregnancies up to 19 weeks.

The service is available for all women from the South Canterbury DHB area.

COVID-19 Update

First Trimester TOP services are being offered by the Timaru Hospital Gynaecology department. Self-referrals are being accepted, with the patient being seen after blood tests and scan arranged either by GP.

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, and an ultrasound. They will offer you a counselling appointment and, if you wish, refer you to Timaru Hospital for an abortion. You will be contacted directly by the hospital for your appointment.

In the future we will accept self referrals but this service is not yet available.


Counselling will be offered to women prior to terminations and is also available after the procedure.

Medical Termination at the Gynaecology Department

Medical termination is available up to 9 weeks of pregnancy. For pregnancies up until 9 weeks you will be seen by a gynaecologist who will provide you with medications to proceed with a medical abortion. You will need to have adequate support and transport at home. If your pregnancy is over 13 weeks you will be admitted to hospital where medical induction will occur.

Termination when between 9 and 13 weeks pregnant

If your pregnancy is more than 9 weeks but less than 12 weeks surgical termination is offered. This will be a day procedure under a general anaesthetic.

Termination between 13 and 19 weeks

If your pregnancy is more than 12 weeks you will be offered admission for medical management. If your pregnancy is over 19 weeks you may be referred to Christchurch for ongoing discussion and management. In some cases you may be referred to Christchurch before 19 weeks depending on your individual case.

Follow up

Follow-up is provided by the referring doctor.

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