Plastic and reconstructive surgery refers to a variety of operations performed in order to repair or restore parts of the body, including reattaching body parts severed in accidents, performing skin grafts after severe burns, or to reconstruct parts of the patient's body that were missing or deformed at birth. 

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Waikato Hospital offers a comprehensive range of services including congenital malformations such as cleft palate, malignant conditions of the skin, trauma and burns including specialised microsurgery to repair and reconstruct nerves, tendons and skin.

Waikato Hospital also accepts major burns patients for the Midland health region - it is the Midland Regional Burns Centre.


Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery is part of Waikato Hospital's Surgical Services cluster. It includes inpatient (ward) and outpatient (clinic/day procedure) services.

The inpatient facility consists of a 27-bed ward with specialist nursing staff. The service performs major head and neck surgery in conjunction with other specialists such as otolaryngology (ENT), oncology, maxillofacial and ophthalmology.

Plastics Clinic is co-located with Hand Therapy and Dermatology, and performs minor operative procedures within the clinic and some procedures in the day-stay theatre suite.


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

  • Ward M7, Burns, Plastics, Maxillofacial and Urology, Level 7, Menzies Building
  • Hand, Burns and Scar Therapy, Reception A, Level 1, Meade Clinical Centre
  • Plastics Clinic, Reception B, Level 1, Meade Clinical Centre

Outreach clinics to the Midland health region in Thames, Tauranga, Taranaki, Rotorua and Gisborne.

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 a clinic.