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Antenatal appointments at Waikato Hospital during COVID-19

We know that your pregnancy journey is a very important time for you and your whānau. We are working hard to ensure you, your whānau, our staff and other patients are safe while you are attending antenatal clinic appointments at Women's Health Clinic. As a result we have made some changes to how the service is run.


Appointments have been changed in response to COVID-19. This is to minimise face-to-face contact and to maximise safety. Depending on your condition and the reason…

Cardiac Electrophysiology

… manner. Electrophysiology studies are performed for a full range of arrhythmias including the capacity for 3D mapping and ablation (by both cryo and radiofrequency) of complex atrial and ventricular tachyarrhythmias. Arrhythmia advice is provided on inpatients across the region.

In addition to our inpatient services, the Waikato Electrophysiology Department reviews patients in the clinic, supports the Cardiac Inherited Disease Registry and conducts pacemaker and ICD clinics within the Waikato…

Cardiothoracic Surgery

… perfusionists technicians, clinical nurse specialists and registered nurse first surgical assistants, a research scientists, manager, and administration support.

Cardiothoracic surgery is the diagnosis and treatment (operative and non-operative) of patients with disorders of structures within the chest including: the heart and vascular system, the lungs and trachea, the oesophagus, the diaphragm, and chest wall. It includes the management of trauma and congenital and acquired disorders of thes…

Waikato Hospital antenatal and postnatal ward during COVID-19

… baby following birth.

With COVID-19 circulating in the community, this can be a scary time for pregnant women or women who have just had a baby. We are working very hard to ensure the ward environment is safe for you, your baby, our staff and other patients. The layout of the ward does not enable social distancing if additional people such as visitors and support people come to the ward. To ensure women and babies are safe, we have made some changes to how things work.

Antenatal and postnatal…

Care in Women’s Assessment Unit (WAU) during COVID-19

We are working very hard to ensure the Women’s Assessment Unit (WAU) environment is safe for you, your baby, our staff and other patients. To do this, we have made some changes to how things work in WAU.

WAU is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for urgent care for pregnant women. However it is not a drop-in service or walk-in clinic.

Your midwife (LMC) or doctor (GP) will contact WAU and arrange for you to attend and we will expect your arrival. If you need to be seen that day, but not urgent…

Research approval (Locality Authorisation) process

It is important to be familiar with the Waikato Research policy and Informed Consent policy and the National Ethics Advisory Committee (NEAC) standards. Any study that includes the administration of medicines to patients must adhere to the Waikato Clinical Trial Medicines Management protocol.

Waikato does not have its own Ethics Committee. We rely on Health & Disability Ethics Committees (HDEC) or Institutional Ethics Committees (IEC). The research approval process is the locality authorisa…

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Main areas of research

The Cardiothoracic research team has the ambitious mission to conduct world-leading innovative translational research to improve the care of patients in New Zealand with cardiopulmonary disease.

The team plans to conduct research that improves care and outcomes for patients; reduces risk and complexity for surgeons; is needs responsive and tackles under-represented areas, such as aortic disease and rheumatic heart disease.

They are keen to work with different research d…

On the day of surgery

… surgery has to be cancelledIn some cases your hospital booking may be postponed and rescheduled because of an influx of emergency cases on the day or some other unavoidable event. If this happens, we are really sorry, but we must treat the most urgent patients first and ensure clinical safety standards are met.

Cancellation of surgery or other treatment is only done as a last resort – you will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

Post-operation recoveryIf you were anaesthetised or sedated, imm…

Conventional (X-ray) Imaging (including Emergency Department, Theatre service, and Mobile Service)

… Dedicated Timms imaging system for SLT studies.

Philips Multi Diagnost Eleva (Flat Detector / C-Arm)

6 x Philips Image Intensifiers, with a mix of Pulera’s and Veradius’s (flat plate)

4 x Philips DR Diagnost 2 x GE AMX4’s
Patients (figures per year 2017)
Outpatients: 19000
Inpatients: 21000
GP Referrals: 5000
ED: 35000
Theatre 7272
Fluoroscopy & Endoscopy 5119
The conventional imaging department provides a diagnostic service to all specialties across the hosp…


… diagnosis-specific therapy intervention. The pathway involves high risk infants being assessed using the General Movements Assessment prior to NICU discharge and again at 12 weeks post-term age. This project aims to review the one year outcomes of these patients and their access to early intervention.

Outcomes: The total number of NICU graduates with completed assessments using the General Movements Assessment was 105 infants.  Of these 11 were identified as High Risk of developmental and neur…