Older Persons and Rehabilitation


This service provides assessment, treatment and rehabilitation services for older people (65+ and those close in age and characteristics), and intensive rehabilitation for people under 65 years of age.

Services are provided in hospital, outpatient clinics, and in the community, including in clients’ homes.

A new building was completed in June 2013 to provide three wards and a clinic area. The building is shared with the Mental Health of Older People service.


Older Persons and Rehabilitation services include:

  • Combined Stroke service
    Provides acute care for patients with stroke and those stroke patients requiring assessment, treatment and rehabilitation.
  • Orthopaedic rehabilitation
    Works in collaboration with acute orthopaedics to ensure a seamless approach between post-operative or acute care of older people with fractures and active and intensive rehabilitation.
  • General assessment, treatment and rehabilitation
    For people 65 years + or those close in age, interests and characteristics.
  • Intensive rehabilitation
    For people 16 years + who meet set criteria.
  • Older Persons and Rehabilitation clinics
    Specialist-led clinics that take a multidisciplinary approach and address a wide range of issues and conditions of older patients referred by GPs or hospital services.
  • Disability Support Link (DSL)
    Promote a person’s quality of life and create an environment that enables community participation and maximum independence. It identifies and coordinates home support services for people with disabilities in the Waikato, King Country, Thames Valley and Coromandel Peninsula (except those with short-term illnesses that will require support services for less than six months and people will ACC-related conditions).
  • START (Supported Transfer and Accelerated Rehabilitation Team)
    Provides intensive in-home rehabilitation to those discharged from hospital, focusing on achieving personal, meaningful goals identified by the patient and their family.

Key personnel

Barbara Garbutt
Group manager
Older Persons and Rehabilitation



    • Older Persons and Rehabilitation Building, Gate 3 Pembroke Street (west side), Hamilton.
      • Older Persons and Rehabilitation wards
      • Older Persons and Rehabilitation clinics

See here for more details on ward and clinics locations

Thames Hospital
610 Mackay Street

    • Two general assessment, treatment and rehabilitation wards
    • Specialist-led clinics

Rhoda Read continuing care facility
222 Studholme Street

Matariki continuing care facility
389 Kihikihi Road
Te Awamutu

Contact information

For all hospital departments and services (07) 839 8899

Referral information

Information for health professionals


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