Orthopaedics covers musculoskeletal (bones, joints and muscles) disorders and damage including severe osteoarthritis of the hip or knee, fractured bones, torn or inflamed muscles, tendons and cartilage, infections in bones and joints and disorders of the spine.

Orthopaedics at Waikato Hospital provides inpatient (ward) and outpatient (clinic) services to people of all ages with musculoskeletal problems.


Orthopaedics is part of Waikato Hospital's Surgical Services cluster. The department’s work includes:

  • elective (planned and booked) surgery cases such as hip, shoulder and elbow replacements
  • acute and trauma cases, including complex pelvic reconstructions.
  • outpatient clinics including fracture clinic, consultant clinics
  • plaster room – applying and removing plaster casts
  • multi-disciplinary teaching sessions for patients undergoing total joint replacement surgery

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Waikato Hospital, Waiora Waikato Hospital Campus, Pembroke Street, Hamilton

  • Ward M16 Orthopaedics, Level 6, Menzies Building
  • Ward M6 Orthopaedics, Level 6, Menzies Building
  • Orthopaedic Clinic, Reception C, Level 1, Meade Clinical Centre

Contact information

Waikato Hospital Operator: (07) 839 8899 for all services and departments

Referral information

Referrals are by general practitioners (GPs) or other health specialists.

Non-acute (non-urgent) referrals will initially be seen at an Orthopaedic Clinic appointment.