Tertiary Level Facility Waikato Hospital is a tertiary level facility that is a key provider of integrated hospital and community based health services to the Waikato Region which has a population base of approximately 401,000 in the central North Island of New Zealand. In addition to Waikato Hospital, there is a network of community hospitals and services throughout the region.
Specialist Services Waikato Hospital extends speciality services such as cardiothoracic surgery, to other neighbouring health providers in the Midland Region. In total, serving a total population of 900,000. It is a specialised 650 bed based hospital with all diagnostic and treatment facilities on one campus and a total staff of more than 5000 people.
Specialist services include vascular surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, radiology, cardiology, otolaryngology, general surgery, gynaecology, haematology, paediatric surgery, maxillofacial surgery, medicine, obstetrics, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, neurosurgery, plastic surgery , renal, respiratory, dermatology, urology and intensive care.
Level 1 Trauma Centre Waikato Hospital provides a Level 1 trauma centre for the region and has one of the highest patient volumes (perhaps the highest), in the country. Location and utilisation of efficient transport systems ensures accessibility of services, eg. air ambulance transport – by helicopter or fixed-wing planes, so that no patient in the region is more than a hour away from specialist support.
Academic Medicine There is an academic division of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, University of Auckland, which acts as a teaching and training centre for an increasing number of undergraduates (currently 150 Medical Students) and post-graduate medical and allied health science students. The Bryant Education Centre is a comprehensive base for the above training activities with a modern auditorium, multiple tutorial rooms and full audiovisual and teleconferencing facilities.