Rural and Community

There are many health services that operate in the community and sometimes in people’s homes.

Waikato DHB funds or directly provides many of these community based health services. Rural and Community services are based at our rural hospitals and in 17 community bases for Family Health Teams across the DHB district.


To learn about the services provided by Waikato DHB Rural and Community teams, watch this 6 minute video.

Family Health Teams include the following health professionals

The service also operates three rural hospitals which are located in communities other than Hamilton, and serve the towns and rural areas in their vicinity:

  • Tokoroa Hospital
  • Te Kuiti Hospital
  • Taumarunui Hospital

Thames Hospital is a secondary hospital that is managed as part of a Waikato Hospital/Thames Hospital arrangement.

Other Rural and Community services include

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Key personnel

Jill Dibble
Group Manager
Rural and Community


List, locations and contact numbers of Waikato DHB Rural and Community Family Health Teams

Referral information

Referrals to community services are usually by a GP or other health professional. All referrals to the service are received and processed at the Community Regional Referral Centre fax: 07 858 1071. Referrals cannot be sent directly to the professional group or base.

Other health and disability support services and community-based programmes are provided by Waikato DHB's Mental Health and Addiction, Women’s Health, Waikids, and Older Persons and Rehabilitation, and Waikato Hospital outreach services including: