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Gynaecology Unit, Timaru Hospital

14 Queen St, Parkside, Timaru




Monday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm


  • Early medical abortion - up to 10 weeks
  • Later medical abortion - 14-20 weeks
  • Surgical abortion - up to 15 weeks

What do I need to do to have an abortion here?

You can self-refer to this service.

Call (03) 687 2308 or email womenshealth@scdhb.health.nz

Email your name, date of birth, NHI number (if known), and safe contact details.

The Gynaecology Unit at Timaru Hospital provides abortions for the Te Whatu Ora South Canterbury district.  If you require a later surgical abortion (over 14 weeks of pregnancy), you will be referred from the Gynaecology Unit at Timaru Hospital to the Gynaecology Procedure Unit (GPU) at Christchurch Women's Hospital, or you can contact GPU directly.

What will it cost?*

Cost for New Zealand citizen/resident

Free abortion services to any pregnant person eligible for publicly funded healthcare in New Zealand who lives in the Te Whatu Ora South Canterbury district. There may be prescription fees and costs for ultrasound.

Cost for non-New Zealand resident

Abortion service not offered to non-New Zealand residents. 

If you are a non-New Zealand resident, contact The Women's Clinic on 0800 226 784 for telemedicine costs for early medical abortion anywhere in New Zealand.

*Approximate prices valid at 08 May 2024. Prices are subject to change without notice. 

  • More information


    There is ramp access to the main entrance of Timaru Hospital and lift access to the clinic, which is located on Level 2.

    The clinic has a wheelchair accessible toilet.

    If you have accessibility needs, please let the clinic know ahead of your appointment.

    Mobility parking is available outside the main entrance to the hospital. Public parking is available on Queen Street, or one block away.  

    The nearest public transport stops on Queen Street.

    Translation services

    Translation services are available. Please let the clinic know that you will need translation support.

    Female practitioner

    A female practitioner is available at the clinic.


    Contraception available through this clinic.

    • Contraception prescriptions.
    • IUD or IUS devices can be inserted when you have a surgical abortion.
    • A free contraceptive service is available after you have had your abortion.  
    • A Depo Provera injection can be given at the same time as the first medication if you are having an early medical abortion.
    • An implant can be inserted at the same time as the first medication if you are having an early medical abortion.

    Abortion decision counselling, and pre and post-abortion counselling is required and is available both in-person and virtually.