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Waitematā DHB Physiotherapy - Inpatients

Public Service, Allied Health, Cancer Network Group


7:30 AM to 4:30 PM.


The goal of physiotherapy is for all individuals to have the best quality of life possible. The physiotherapy process involves assessment, diagnosis, planning, and treatment of an identified problem.  Physiotherapists aim to work with patients and their family/ whānau to develop treatment goals that encourage them to return to the best level of independence possible.

Referral Expectations

Any health professional is able to refer an individual for inpatient physiotherapy. The ward physiotherapist will then determine the appropriateness of physiotherapy requests for each patient.  Some referrals may be declined or not seen within the anticipated timeframe.


All physiotherapy services are free for New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.

If patients do not meet eligibility criteria then purchasing or hire equipment options will be made available for patients to self fund.  If crutches are needed temporarily for ongoing rehabilitation, a bond may be required which is refunded upon return of the crutches.


7:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

Mon – Fri7:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Sat – Sun8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Weekend Service:  Acute Respiratory Service,  Orthopaedic Service.    For Emergency Department (ED) and Assessment & Diagnostic Unit (ADU) referrals are accepted 8.00am - 1.00pm and are for discharge assessments only

On Call Service: 4.30pm - 8.00am, Acute Respiratory Service only

Procedures / Treatments

  • Emergency Department / Admission & Diagnostic Unit

    In the Emergency Department / Admission & Diagnostic Unit, physiotherapists are available to help make your return home as safe as possible.… More

  • Medical Wards

    You may be admitted to a ward that specialises in the type of care you require depending on your condition.… More

  • General Surgery

    You may see a physiotherapist prior to your breast or upper abdominal surgery for exercises to aid your recovery.… More

  • Intensive Care Unit/High Dependency Unit

    When you are admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or High Dependency Unit (HDU), a physiotherapist may be involved in your care to help minimise your risk of developing complications such as chest infections, joint stiffness or generalised weakness as well as treat conditions as required.… More

  • Elective Orthopaedics

    Elective orthopaedic surgery is any planned surgery on your bones or joints.… More

  • Orthopaedic Trauma

    Orthopaedic trauma is any injury to your bones or joints that occurs accidentally.… More

Services Provided

Hospitals and cancer treatment centres

  • Public hospitals

Supportive health

  • Physiotherapy

Cancer Types

Brain and Spinal, Head and Neck / Thyroid, Lung, Breast, Upper Gastrointestinal (Oesophagus / Stomach / Liver), Lower Gastrointestinal (Bowel / Rectum / Anus), Kidney, Bladder, Testicular, Prostate, Gynaecological, Leukaemia and Blood, Skin Cancer / Melanoma, Sarcoma, Childhood Cancers, Others

Contact Details

North Shore Hospital

North Auckland

7:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

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Waitakere Hospital

West Auckland

7:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

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This page was last updated at 10:35AM on January 11, 2022. This information is reviewed and edited by Waitematā DHB Physiotherapy - Inpatients.