In fact, Waikato Hospital in Hamilton is one of New Zealand’s largest single-site hospitals. If you live in some of the more remote areas of the Waikato you may need to travel to access certain health services.
There are six hospitals in the Waikato region. The largest is the Waikato hospital in Hamilton. There are also hospitals in Taupo, Thames, Tokoroa, Te Kuiti and Taumarunui.
General practitioners (GPs) are fully trained medical doctors who can advise you on your health and refer you for further tests or specialist treatment if needed. GPs are registered with a Primary Health Organisation (PHO).
Enrolling with your local doctor will save you money and help keep you and your family healthy.
Use the following links to find a PHO and GPs in the Waikato region.
The Plunket Society (Plunket) offers information, support and developmental assessments of children at varying stages between birth and five years. They also organise car seat education services, parenting education and parenting groups. See the links below for services in your area.
Plunket also offers a free parent helpline and advice service available to all families and caregivers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 0800 933 922 for parenting help.
Senior Line is a phone service and online portal with information for older people and their carers who are making decisions about staying at home, retirement villages, day care options and rest homes. Call 0800 725 463 or visit the website.