Gynaecology Services provides inpatient, day patient and outpatient treatment for women in the Canterbury region and tertiary services for the South Island.
Gynaecology services provides specialist care for:
Read more information on the Colposcopy section of this page
2nd floor, Christchurch Women's Hospital
Phone: 03 364 4466
Hysteroscopy is a procedure that allows your doctor to look inside your uterus in order to diagnose and treat causes of abnormal bleeding.
2nd Floor, Christchurch Women's Hospital
Phone: 03 364 4805
Admission by referral from GP, lead maternity carer (LMC), after hours service or Emergency Department
7.30am - 10.00pm, seven days a week.
Find more information on the Gynaecology Assessment Unit section of this page
The Gynaecology Assessment Unit (GAU) provides 24 hour assessment for acute gynaecological problems including early pregnancy problems up to 22 weeks.
Gynaecology Assessment Unit (GAU)
Phone: 03 364 4805
The Gynaecology Procedure Unit (GPU) provides a variety of gynaecology services and minor procedures in an outpatient clinic setting.
You will usually have been referred by your General Practice (GP), gynaecology specialist, nurse specialist, or in the case of abortion services you can self-refer.
Please read important information below about the relevant service you may be attending Gynaecology Procedure Unit (GPU) for.
Intrauterine Device (IUD) is a type of long-acting reversible contraceptive that goes into your uterus.
Referral for a IUD is from your General Practice (GP) or a Gynaecologist.
Inserting an IUD or IUS - Healthinfo website
Intra Uterine Device (IUD) - Family Planning website
Mirena, Consumer Medicine Information (PDF) - Medsafe website
The contraceptive implant is a form of long-acting reversible contraception for women.
Referral for contraceptive implant is from your General Practice (GP) or a Gynaecologist.
Jadelle, Consumer Medicine Information (PDF) - Medsafe website
Contraceptive implant - Family Planning website
Contraceptive implant insertion instructions - Family Planning website
An endometrial biopsy (Pipelle) is a short procedure to check the lining of your uterus for abnormal cells
Referral for an endometrial biopsy is from your General Practice (GP) or a Gynaecologist.
Pipelle biopsy (PDF) - Healthinfo website
Endometrial biopsy - Family Planning website
Referral for surgical management of early pregnancy loss (miscarriage) is by the Early Pregnancy Assessment Service at Canterbury DHB.
The Gynaecology Procedure Unit (GPU) provides first trimester termination of pregnancy (4-13 weeks) and assessment for second trimester pregnancy. The service is available for women from the Canterbury DHB area and also acceptsfrom South Canterbury and West Coast DHBs.
If you are considering an abortion, it is important that you consider all your options. It is also important that you have the support to make the decision that is right for you. You should talk to a health professional such as a GP, midwife, Family Planning or GPU about your options as soon as possible to find out about abortion services that meet your needs. They can provide non-judgemental and unbiased counselling about your options.
While you no longer need a GP referral to have an abortion, for women who have a GP we still recommend making an appointment (there is no cost associated with this visit) with them to discuss your options, confirm how many weeks pregnant you are and to make a referral if you decide to proceed. Your GP will then also arrange the swabs / bloods and ultrasound that are required before an abortion and this can help speed up the process.
There is public funding for appointments during early pregnancy, so your appointment to get a referral should be free if you are a New Zealand citizen or resident. As always, your medical appointment will be confidential.
Alternatively, you can contact the Gynaecology Procedure Unit at Christchurch Hospital on 03 378 6386 and staff will make the arrangements for you.
The following information is required:
Women require an assessment by a doctor prior to having a procedure. This is to determine which procedure is best for the woman based on her pregnancy dates.
Abortion is performed in two ways;
After 13 weeks the abortion is arranged through Christchurch Women’s Hospital.
Counselling services are focused on supporting women with their decision. It is a professional, confidential and free service.
Counselling sessions are available to all women providing time for discussion of options, procedures, and anxieties. Women are not required to have counselling, but it must be available.
Pre-decision counselling is also offered when a woman in unsure of her decision. A pre-decision booking does not require a GP orgynaecologist referral.
Appointments for counselling sessions can be made at any time by contacting the Gynaecology Procedure Unit 03 378 6386.
All District Health Boards are required to provide abortion services under the Abortion Bill 2020.
|Abortion: Patient Information Leaflet - PDF, 300KB)||Provides detailed information about using abortion services at Christchurch Hospital.|
Gynaecology Procedure Unit
Level 4, Riverside
2 Riccarton Ave
Private Bag 4711
Phone: 03 378 6386
Fax: 03 374 6822
Colposcopy is a procedure used to assess cervical abnormalities using a colposcope. This is an outpatient procedure. New patients require a 30 minute appointment. Follow-up patients require a 15 minute appointment.
The Colposcopy Department provides colposcopy assessment, treatment of abnormal cervical cells and post-treatment follow up.
Women access Colposcopy services by referrals from:
To confirm or reschedule an appointment, phone 03 364 4466.
Christchurch Women's Hospital
2 Riccarton Ave
Page last updated: 31 March 2021
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