Palliative Care

Palliative Care

The aim of palliative care is to help people to achieve and maintain their potential in all aspects of their life however limited this may be as a result of the progression of their life threatening disease or illness.

The Palliative Care team at Waikato Hospital provides physical and emotional care for patients who are in the final stages of their illness when cure or long term control is no longer possible.
The team also works closely with Hospice Waikato(external link) and with general practitioners (GPs/family doctors).


Our role is to help with

  • managing symptoms and pain relief while you are in hospital
  • supporting patients and their family
  • linking people to services and support that is available in the community.

The team includes consultants, registrars, clinical nurse managers and nurse specialists, social workers, kaitiaki (Maori support workers), a chaplain and a receptionist.

Although Palliative Care is a hospital team, it supports palliative care in the community which enables patients to be cared for and to die at home.
Hospice Waikato is the main provider of Waikato community-based palliative care.


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

  • Level 1, Campbell Johnstone Building (reception and team base)

Plus regional services provided by district nurses in association with Hospice Waikato community workers, and regional clinics in Thames, Tokoroa, Taumarunui, Te Kuiti and at Matariki Continuing Care facility in Te Awamutu.

Contact information

During working hours
Waikato Hospital Palliative Care team
Phone (07) 839 8691

After hours
After hours calls will be answered by Hospice Waikato, or you can ring Hospice Waikato direct on (07) 859 1260.

Referral information

The Palliative Care team is called in by the doctors and nurses in a hospital ward.


Waikato Palliative Care Strategic Plan 2016 - 2021(external link) - a document that sets out a vision, priorities and outcomes.