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Lakes DHB Infectious Diseases

Public Service, Infectious Diseases


Lakes DHB has a small specialist infectious disease team who will see current patients who are under the treatment of other services in Rotorua Hospital. The team will offer advice on the appropriate management of problems due to infection.

The team run regular outpatient clinics for patients who have been discharged from hospital on complex antibiotic regimes and for community referrals.

The Infectious Disease team also provide the Lakes DHB HIV Service.

Where to find us: See the Rotorua Hospital map here.


What is an infectious disease?
An infectious disease is a disease caused by pathogenic microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria, fungi or parasites.

Not all infectious diseases are contagious. 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.


Referral Expectations

Many infectious diseases are diagnosed and treated by primary care doctors or by other medical or surgical teams in the hospital. However, in other cases, the specialist Infectious Disease team 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.

Your treating clinician will consult the Infectious Disease team, if necessary.


New Zealand citizens or those who have obtained permanent residence are entitled to publicly funded health care.

Non-residents may be required to pay for their health care. However, exceptions may apply for infectious diseases covered by the Public Health Act.

Click here to read more about eligibility for funded care at Lakes DHB.


Click here to find your nearest community pharmacy.


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Contact Details

Corner Arawa Street and Pukeroa Road
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Corner Arawa Street and Pukeroa Road
New Zealand

Postal Address

Rotorua Hospital
Private Bag 3023
Rotorua Mail Centre
Rotorua 3046

This page was last updated at 1:13PM on May 17, 2022. This information is reviewed and edited by Lakes DHB Infectious Diseases.