We are Aceso Health

Comprehensive women's care

Focusing on women's gynaecological and surgical care

Expert gynaecology care in Wellington

We are a private gynaecology and obstetric practice based in Wellington, providing high quality modern advanced gynaecological and surgical care to women. We specialise in advanced laparoscopic and minimally invasive gynaecological procedures, in particular for endometriosis, heavy periods, fibroids and pelvic pain.

Patient care and patient welfare are our highest priority, together with a focus on professional development in terms of our skills and knowledge. We love our work and enjoy the companionship and cooperation we share as colleagues.

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Aceso - Greek goddess of healing

AKESO (Aceso) was the goddess of curing sickness and healing wounds. Unlike her sister Panakeia she represented the process of curing rather than the cure itself. Her male was counterpart was Akesis (Acesis). In Greek sculpural reliefs Akeso appears alongside her father Asklepios and sisters Hygeia, Panakeia and Iaso.

We chose the name Aceso because we specialise in women's health issues, particularly related to gynaecology and fertility. Our logo is a stylised rata blossom, signifying growth, vitality, compassion, and a gentle approach.

In traditional Māori medicine the bark of the rata tree was steeped in water and used as a lotion to speed wound healing and prevent infection. Rata flowers were said to produce the finest honey.

Aceso rata logo

Meet the Aceso team

Highly experienced and dedicated doctors
Dr Simon McDowell

Dr Simon McDowell

Gynaecologist & Fertility Specialist

Simon is an experienced and caring gynaecologist.

He is a skilful surgeon with high level training in the surgical treatment of advanced endometriosis, laparoscopic hysterectomy, fibroids, and ovarian surgery. He is a qualified subspecialist in the treatment of patients and couples with infertility.

Simon works to educate his patients, review options specific to them, and work together to find the best pathway forward.

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Dr Nick Bedford

Dr Nick Bedford
FRANZCOG MBChB DipObst (Distinction)

Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

Nick is a New Zealand trained obstetrician and gynaecologist.

He seeks to offer comprehensive care for women with pelvic floor disorders, including prolapse, incontinence and pain. He also looks after women with menstrual disorders including adenomyosis, endometriosis and fibroids.

Nick believes in patient education including treatments and recovery planning; and multidisciplinary care of complex conditions.

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What we offer

We provide a range of services related to women's health


We offer a holistic, complete assessment of both simple and complex gynaecological conditions.

Referrals and new appointments

We provide an easy referral system and aim to offer new appointments within two weeks of referral if your condition is urgent.

Ease of access

We make it easy to get hold of us, and guarantee an email response within 48 hours to both patients and GPs.


Our in-person consultations take place at Wakefield Hospital and we also offer Skype or phone consults for patients from afar.


We offer targeted treatments, focusing on endometriosis, heavy periods, fibroids and pelvic pain.

Managing the worst cases

It is our intent to manage the 'worst' cases, at the severe end of the spectrum. We can help when no-one else can.

What sets us apart

Why choose Aceso Health?

Advanced training

We have advanced training in laparoscopy and have completed accredited laparoscopic units in Australia in order to further our expertise in this area.

Up-to-date technology

We are up-to-date in terms of technology and modern methods of investigation and treatment, and continue to maintain this level of advanced service.

Minimal approach

We have the ability and expertise to manage surgical procedures using minimal access approaches. This includes using keyhole surgery wherever possible.