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Capital & Coast DHB Infectious Diseases Department

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8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.


What are Infectious Diseases?
An infectious disease is a disease caused by the presence of pathogenic microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria, fungi or parasites.
Infectious diseases vary in their ability to be spread from one person to another; those that do spread are known as contagious or communicable diseases.
Most minor infectious diseases e.g. respiratory system infections, can be diagnosed by clinical presentation while in other cases it may be necessary to identify the particular microbe.
Many infectious diseases are diagnosed and treated by primary care doctors or by other medical or surgical teams in the hospital. However, in some cases, specialist doctors who have trained and have expertise in infectious diseases will become involved. This may be necessary when e.g. there is not a definite diagnosis, the patient is immunocompromised (their immune system is unable to fight the infection) or the disease has not responded to first line antibiotics. 

At your outpatient visit you may be seen by a consultant, a registrar or a specialist nurse. 

The Infectious Diseases Service at Wellington Hospital contributes to the care of people with a wide variety of infections both within the hospital and in the Wellington/Kapiti/Hutt Valley regions. 
We directly look after a small number of people on the Internal Medicine Ward. We also see a large number of people who are being looked after by other services throughout the hospital to offer advice on the appropriate management of problems due to infection.
We see a large number of people with non urgent problems in our outpatient clinics at the front of the hospital.

We see people with:

  • HIV infection
  • infections after surgery 
  • travel associated infections such as malaria, dengue and typhoid
  • tuberculosis
  • infections after organ/bone marrow transplants or in people whose immune system is suppressed for other reasons 
  • infections that will require prolonged intravenous antibiotic treatment that we can often arrange to give at home – HITH service.


Our Clinical Nurse Specialist is James Rice-Davies; see his contact details on the right hand side of this page.



8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

Mon – Fri8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Referral Expectations

For an assessment / review by one of our team at Main Outpatients (MOP) clinic you will generally need to be referred by your GP or a Primary Health Care Provider.

Other patients we review in MOP have been referred to our team prior to being discharged from hospital.

The Infectious Disease Team/Dept., is not an open walk in service. Patients have generally been reviewed and assessed by another Health Care Professional before being referred to our service.      


  • Inpatient Service

    What to expect?
    If your general practitioner (GP) or hospital specialist feels you require an urgent assessment for an infectious disease problem, they will discuss this with one of the infectious diseases doctors and you will be seen at Wellington Hospital.… More

  • Outpatient Service

    What to expect?
    If your general practitioner (GP) feels you require a non urgent assessment you will be referred to our outpatient clinic.… More

  • HIV Team

    This team consists of a Nurse Specialist, Social Worker, and medical staff who provide a free, confidential service to adults affected by HIV.… More

  • Hospital In The Home (HITH) Service

    The Hospital in the Home service is run by infectious diseases doctors, district nurses and care coordination nurses working together.  We care for people with complicated infections that require extended courses of intravenous antibiotics (2-6 weeks).  We meet and assess patients in hospital and, where appropriate, can assist people in… More


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The main pharmacies we work with are Newtown Mall Unichem, Lower Hutt Unichem in Margaret St, Alexander Pharmacy on Willis St and Porirua Pharmacy Ltd. on Mungavin Avenue. These pharmacies generally hold some stock of ARV treatment for patients with HIV. HIV positive patients using other pharmacies will need to order ARV medications in advance prior to collection. 


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Contact Details

Details for the nurse specialist:
Ph: (04) 806 2610
Fax: (04) 385 5360
Mobile: 027 444 1967
Email: james.rice-davies@ccdhb.org.nz

Outpatient clinics are situated at the front of the Hospital on the left, alongside the Phlebotomy Service.

The Department is located at Level 6, Grace Neill Block.

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Outpatient clinics are situated at the front of the Hospital on the left, alongside the Phlebotomy Service.

The Department is located at Level 6, Grace Neill Block.

Postal Address

Wellington Hospital
Private Bag 7902
Wellington South

This page was last updated at 11:00AM on February 12, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by Capital & Coast DHB Infectious Diseases Department.