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Coping with grazes, tears and stitches

During childbirth there can be trauma to your vagina and perineum (the area between your vagina and anus), including bruising, swelling, superficial grazes, minor or major lacerations (tears), or episiotomies.

Here are some tips on how to cope with and recover from a painful perineum.

Types of tearsThere are four degrees of tears.

First degree - perineal laceration extending through the vaginal wall and perineal skin.
Second degree - extending into the perineal muscles.
Third degree - inv...

Sexual Health

Sexual Health

Hamilton Sexual Health is a free-to-all and confidential specialist service for people living in the Waikato.

Providing non-judging compassionate care is our core value: we know STI & HIV-related stigma and shame strongly predict harm and our aim is to make it easier for you to get help.

We provide care around STIs, HIV and a range of other sexual health issues as well as gender-affirming care. We have close links with Waikato Hospital’s infectious disease team around the ma...

Registered Health Professional Leadership Development programme (Pebbles)

Introduced in 2007, the Pebbles programme is a professional development programme for clinically-based registered health professionals provided by the Waikato DHB. Open to health professionals working within the DHB or contracted services. It introduces purposeful development strategies for health professionals to extend clinical leadership expertise and/or prepare for senior roles. The programme recognises and builds on the contribution health professionals make in the provision of safe, effect...

Nursing & Midwifery Education Fund

The Nursing and Midwifery Education Fund provides fair and equitable access to education for all nursing / midwifery staff at Waikato DHB.

What is the Nursing and Midwifery Education Fund?
The Nursing and Midwifery Education & Development Fund was established in 1999. The fund continues to be part of the NZNO MECA. It comprises of fees generated from a series of student practice placement agreements and the funds negotiated as part of the NZNO MECA (1999)

Who is eligible for funding?

Update - 28 October 2021

Waikato DHB’s information systems were affected by a cyber security incident on Tuesday, 18 May 2021. This incident affected services at Waikato, Te Kuiti, Taumarunui, Thames and Tokoroa hospitals and our community-based services.

While we continue to receive support from expert cyber security professionals, we wanted to provide an update on progress since our last statement was published on our website.

Waikato DHB also wants to take the opportunity to sincerely apologise to the Waikato commu...

House officers and registrars

Looking for top quality teaching, research opportunities and good support?

Waikato Hospital is one of New Zealand's largest tertiary teaching hospitals with a full range of sub-specialties on one campus. 

You are at the stage where you want to: 

practice your skills
extend your knowledge
and build a strong foundation for your career.
You can do it hereWe offer professional and personal support for Year 2, 3 and 4 house officers and registrars including:

a full programme of clinical educ...

Going into labour

Labour is the process where your cervix (neck of the womb) gradually stretches open to let your baby be born. Labour happens in three stages.

First stage The first stage of labour can last 4-36 hours for a first baby. This is when your cervix gradually gets short (effaces), thins out, comes forward and opens to about 10cm.

Your baby’s head comes down further and further into your birth canal as the opening happens.

Second stage This is the part where your baby is born. The second stage of la...

COVID-19 vaccination

Many Waikato vaccination sites are now taking walk-ins. The ability to vaccinate walk-ins will depend on bookings on the day, so to guarantee a slot book online at or phone 0800 28 29 26.  

COVID-19 vaccination and childrenFrom Monday 17 January 2022, parents and caregivers in the Waikato will have the opportunity to protect their children aged 5 to 11 against COVID-19 with the child version of the Pfizer vaccine. Young people aged 12 to 15 can get vaccinated now.

The COVID-19...

COVID-19 testing

Pop-up testing centres are set-up around the Waikato when there is COVID-19 present in the community. See below for details.

The priority for testing at all locations, including GP practices, is people who meet location of interest criteria, are symptomatic or who have been requested by Healthline or their GP to seek a test. If you are not in these categories, please contact the COVID-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice.

If you need immediate or urgent help, do not hesitate to seek medic...