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Welcome to the Woman Child & Family
Service at Lakes DHB




The Woman, Child & Family, Service at Lakes District Health Board provides a range of specialist secondary medical, nursing, midwifery, allied health, administration and support functions across the Lakes catchment area. 

Services are provided, dependent on contract, to patients/clients and their families/whanau (inpatient, outpatient and community), the clinical and corporate services of Lakes DHB, the primary sector, and community agencies across the Lakes catchment area.



Children's Unit and Early Childhood Centre




Ground Floor, Ngati Whakaue Building Ext 8730


The Children's Unit provides inpatient services (20-bed unit) for children aged 0-14.

The Playroom located at the back of the Children's Unit is an licensed Early Childhood Centre where children staying on the ward and their siblings can learn and play. 





Maternity Services




Rotorua - Ground Floor, Bridgman Building. Birthing Unit – Ext 7900 /  Perinatal Unit – Ext 8995


The Rotorua Hospital Birthing Unit provides a 'Level 2' secondary inpatient service for women during labour and delivery.  There are eight labour, birthing, recovery and post-natal rooms, and two acute assessment rooms. The Perinatal Inpatient Unit comprises 10 single rooms plus four Mothercraft rooms.


Taupo - Maternity Unit – Ext 5830


The Taupo Maternity Unit includes a primary birthing facility for those with low-risk pregnancies. Women with complications will be transfered to Rotorua. Lakes DHB enjoys 'Baby Friendly Hospital Status' and employs part-time Lactation Consultants at both Rotorua and Taupo.

Outpatient Services include Antenatal Clinics, where women are referred by their Lead Maternity Carer (LMC) for specialist obstetrical assessment.




Special care baby unit




Ground Floor, Bridgman Building Ext 7969


The Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) is a 10-cot inpatient unit which cares for unwell or premature babies. The unit is divided into areas of high-need, medium-need and isolation, and offers facilities for mothers to stay in hospital whilst their babies require inpatient care. 




obstetrics and gynaecology




Level 1, Ngati Whakaue Building

Lakes District Health Board has a team of Specialist Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, who are supported by O&G Registrars and Senior House Officers.





social work




Level 1, Ngati Whakaue Building – Ext 8757


The Service Social Workers provide professional and confidential support services to women and children across the inpatient, outpatient and community settings.








Level 1, Ngati Whakaue Building


The paediatric department at Lakes DHB provides secondary paediatric services for children 0-17 years.

The Specialist Paediatricians are supported by a team of Senior House Officers.




outreach specialist nursing




Rotorua  – Ext 8952 or 8917, Taupo – Ext 5806


The Community Outreach Nurse Specialists provide care and support for unwell children and families/whanau in the community, enabling children to stay at home instead of in hospital.