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Antenatal appointments at Waikato Hospital during COVID-19

... 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 for your referral to clinic, your appointment may be carried out over the phone. We will keep you informed about what will happen.
If you require a scan/tests/monitoring...

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Cardiothoracic Surgery is part of Waikato Hospital's CCTVS cluster. It concerns all conditions related to heart, lung, and major blood vessels in the chest.

A large team consisting of specialist surgeons, registrars, and senior house officers, 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...

Waikato Hospital antenatal and postnatal ward during COVID-19

... In line with hospital and national restrictions, you are able to have one key support person visit the ward during hospital visiting hours only. Children are not allowed on the ward.
Waikato DHB has a free wifi service which will enable you to stay in contact with your loved ones, wider whānau and friends.
All women will be screened for COVID-19 before admission to the ward.
Women staying on the ward will continue to receive the same clinical care for their condition from our midwives, nurses a...

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

... 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 urgently, the WAU team will discuss this with your LMC/GP and they will let you know about the best time to attend.
If you have...

Kaitiaki cultural support

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If you have a complaint, stop, think, ask for complaint form, fill in, and be brief to the point, time, and detail how many persons involved, date, and your contact detail. Put in envelope provided and hand to staff or Kaitiaki.

Thank you your complaint helps us be better connected and better providers.

If you had a preterm birth in a previous pregnancy

... and what monitoring you will need.
If you smoke it is important to stop smoking as soon as possible in your pregnancy. Smoking greatly increases the risk of going into labour too early. You can talk to your midwife about what support is available or contact your local Once and For All stop smoking service.
Alcohol and recreational drug use (such as marijuana, synthetic cannabis and other drugs) is also linked with preterm birth. Talk to your midwife or GP if you have concerns about this.

Alcohol and pregnancy

... conversation. The helpline is staffed 24/7, is anonymous, and gets you through to a qualified alcohol counsellor or social worker. You can also go to their website for more information about their service, and to find local services to contact

You can find more information about alcohol and pregnancy at, including a handy set of frequently asked questions. Health Navigator New Zealand also has information about alcohol and pregnancy.

Healthy weight gain during pregnancy

... during pregnancy.

Talk to your midwife if you are concerned about your weight or the weight you have gained during pregnancy. Your midwife can refer you for a Green Prescription programme with the Waikato Active and Well team at Sport Waikato, or you can contact them directly yourself.

The Green Prescription is an individual programme that will help you set realistic goals and give you information about healthy eating and physical activity advice. The programme is free and lasts between 3-6...

COVID-19 public information

... COVID-19 patients in our hospitals.

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Getting tested for COVID-19

You should only get a COVID-19 test if:

you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, or
you are a Household Contact.

The government website Unite Against COVID-19 brings together information for the public on health, travel, business, looking after each other, financial assistance etc. 

The official Ministry of Health website is still the main sour...

Update - 28 October 2021

... and others.

We would also like to remind the community that support remains available to anyone who may have any questions or concerns about their personal information following the incident. Listed below are some of the organisations (including their contact details) where further support and guidance can be obtained.

Ongoing Support
Again, Waikato DHB sincerely apologies to the Waikato community for the added stress this incident is causing during a challenging time for all.

Below are some...