Hospitals and specialist care

This section provides information about public hospitals and specialist services, including emergency departments and elective services.

In this section

  • Acute or unplanned care is loosely defined as any urgent health care that a person receives for an illness or injury. Acute care is usually time-sensitive and can result in death or long-term disability if the person does not receive the care they need in a timely manner. Read more
  • Emergency departments treat people who require urgent attention. This section covers emergency department triage and the interface with primary care. Read more
  • 18 district health boards have introduced a new way of caring for people who need a hip or knee joint replacement or who have a fractured hip. Read more
  • The High Cost Treatment Pool is money set aside by the Ministry of Health for one-off treatments not otherwise funded by the public health system Read more
  • The National Travel Assistance Scheme provides financial help to people who are referred by a specialist to another specialist, and need to travel long distances or travel frequently to see them. Read more
  • In New Zealand, there are many more people waiting for an organ transplant than there are organs available. Read more
  • Planned Care services, traditionally known as ‘Electives,’ encompass medical and surgical care for people who don’t need to be treated right away Read more
  • Contact details for public hospitals, information on the services they provide, and where to find reports on hospital performance. Read more
  • Surgical mesh is a medical device that is used when repairing weakened structures with the aim of providing additional support. This page provides information on surgical mesh and what’s being done to ensure it is used safely. Read more
  • Publications relating to hospitals and specialist care services in New Zealand. Read more
  • Subscribe to the hospitals and specialist care newsletter. Read more
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