Te Kuiti Hospital services

Te Kuiti Hospital

Te Kuiti Hospital is a rural hospital that serves the North King Country area within the Waikato District Health Board’s boundaries, including the towns of Otorohanga and Te Kuiti, smaller rural settlements such as Waitomo,  Piopio and Bennydale, and surrounding countryside.

Te Kuiti Hospital offers 24 hour emergency department (level 2), and has its own laboratory and radiology services, inpatient wards and maternity services.

Rural hospitals form an important part of Waikato DHB’s health service delivery. Te Kuiti Hospital works closely with all health service providers working in the area and actively supports initiatives to recruit and retain health professionals in rural areas.

More information on the North King Country Health Workforce Development initiative.

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The services provided at Te Kuiti Hospital include

  • Emergency Department operating a 24-hour service, to treat / stabilise admit / discharge or transfer those who require a higher level of care at Waikato Hospital. Ambulance and air transfer services are available
  • The clinical services for inpatient and out-of-hours services are managed by contracted general practitioners with oversight by a clinical director.
  • General inpatient services (17 beds) – general medicine, general surgery, rehabilitation, respite, palliative care.
  • More specialised services are offered through outreach services using Waikato Hospital specialists, or patients are sent to Waikato Hospital, which is about 1 hour away by car.
  • A range of outpatient (clinic) services provided by visiting consultants from WaikatoHospital.
  • Day surgical procedures – paediatric dental services only.
  • Maternity and postnatal care services – caseload midwives based at the hospital plus independent midwives with authority to  access the birthing unit facilities.  Postnatal care is provided in an area attached to the general ward. 
  • 24/7 laboratory service – haematology, biochemistry, bacteriology.
  • Medical radiography (x-ray) service 40 hours per week.
  • Hospital physiotherapists
  • Hospital occupational therapist
  • Hospital support services including Hotel Services, Property and Infrastructure  staff, administration and a medical typist.

The Te Kuiti Family Health Team’s main base is at the hospital campus and provides community services - district nursing, heart failure nurse, public health nursing, dietitian services, vision and  hearing testing, occupational therapy, social work, and physiotherapy.


24 Ailsa Street
Te Kuiti

Contact information

(07) 878 7333

Referral information

Referrals for admission are by general practitioners (GPs) or other health specialists.
Self-presentations are acceptable at Emergency Department – referral not required.
Non-acute (non-urgent) referrals will initially be seen at a clinic and are invariably referred to Waikato Hospital consultants.

Presentation to the board


Te Kuiti Hospital staff(external link)