Whakatane Hospital

District General Hospital | Whakatane, New Zealand

Hospital description

The Whakatane Hospital is a small general hospital that serves a largely rural population, more than 50% of whom are Maori. It is located in the Eastern Bay of Plenty region and falls under the jurisdiction of the Bay of Plenty District Health Board. The hospital provides a full range of secondary healthcare and also some primary care through its Emergency Department. The campus is currently undergoing a complete rebuild, which will be completed in 2012.

The hospital tries to respect Maori traditional beliefs around wellness, which include acknowledging the spiritual and ancestral elements in healing, and the importance being supported by extended family and remaining connected to the land. A placement here can provide a rich cultural experience and demonstrate how “Western” medicine can work alongside “traditional” customs to ensure that patients cultural, as well as medical, needs are met.

The facilities at the hopital include general medical and surgical services in addition to a Special Care Baby Unit, Maternity and Mental Health. Approximately half of the beds are used for medical and surgical patients (including critical and coronary care) with approximately 20% of the beds reserved for children and elderly patients. There are also some beds designated for mental health patients.

The Bay of Plenty District Health Board’s Clinical School also has a presence in the Whakatane Hospital and the training programme run by the Board is expanding in the region as the programme gains noteriety.


Hospital type District General Hospital
Local language English
Funding Status Public


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