About Lakes District Health Board


About Lakes DHB
Lakes District Health Board serves a population of just over 100,000 and covers 9,570 square kilometres.  It stretches from Mourea in the north to Mangakino in the west down to Turangi in the south and across to Kaingaroa village in the east.  The major centres of population are Rotorua and Taupo and the main smaller communities are Mangakino and Turangi.  The DHB’ boundaries take in the two main iwi groups of Te Arawa and Ngati Tuwharetoa.
Lakes DHB is responsible for the provision (or funding the provision) of the majority of health services in the Lakes district.  These services in our district include:
·       Two hospital sites (Rotorua and Taupo)
·       Nine continuing care facilities – in addition we have one Hospital Specialist Services – Psychogeriatric Unit
·       One mental health inpatient facility
·       Four community bases for mental health (iCAMHS (Infant, Child and Adolescent): Adult community at Rotorua and Taupo; and Mental Health Service for Older People Rotorua
·       14 aged related residential care facilities (rest homes)
·       18 pharmacies (11 Rotorua, 6 Taupo, 1 Turangi)
·       21 GP practices (5 Taupo/Turangi/Mangakino and 16 Rotorua)
·       12 Māori providers, one of which also looks after Pacific interests
·       Two primary health organisations
Lakes DHB:
·       works with key stakeholders to plan the strategic direction for health and disability services
·       plans regional and national work in collaboration with the National Health Board and other DHBs
·       funds the provision of the majority of the public health and disability services in the Lakes district, through the agreements with providers
·       provides hospital and specialist services primarily for our population and also for people referred from other DHBs
·       promotes, protects and improves our population’s health and wellbeing through health promotion, health protection, health education and the provision of evidence-based public health initiatives