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Waitematā DHB Orthopaedic Services

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What is Orthopaedic Surgery?
Orthopaedic surgery deals with conditions of the musculo-skeletal system (disorders of bones and joints of the limbs and spine). The speciality covers a range of different types of conditions, including congenital (conditions which children are born with) through to degenerative conditions of old age. Orthopaedic surgery also deals with trauma i.e. injuries sustained to the limbs or spine.
Nursing staff in our Departments include:
Charge Nurse Manager Ward 7 - Kelly Yang
Charge Nurse Manager Ward 9 - Suzanne Huskinson
Clinical Coach - Victoria MacKay
Trauma Nurse Specialist - Rosemaree Valentine
Acute Nurse Coordinator - Sharnae Silich
Perioperative Nurse Coordinator (Elective Surgery) - Karen George


Referral Expectations

Your GP will send us a letter explaining your condition. If you meet the criteria for acceptance to the service an appointment will be made for you, and sent directly to you. Based on the information in your doctor's letter, patients with more serious conditions will be seen earlier.

You will be seen in the outpatient clinic by a specialist doctor who will discuss treatment options with you.

You need to bring with you:

  1. Any letters or reports from your doctor or other hospital.
  2. Any X-Rays, CT or MRI films and reports.
  3. All medicines you are taking including herbal and natural remedies.
  4. Your pharmaceutical entitlement card.
  5. Your ACC number, if you have one.

Procedures / Treatments

  • Fracture Clinics

    These clinics are run by the Orthopaedic Department for patients who have sustained an injury that has already been treated, and a further follow-up of that injury is required.  … More

  • Orthopaedic Outpatient Clinics

    These are clinics for patients who have been referred by their doctor for an orthopaedic opinion on a specific problem.… More

  • Specialty Clinics

    These are clinics which specialise in treating specific parts of the body or specific conditions.… More

  • Joint Replacement Surgery (Arthroplasty) - Including Patient Information Videos

    For elderly patients, joint replacement surgery is commonly required to treat joints damaged from arthritis or other forms of joint disease including rheumatoid arthritis.… More

  • Arthroscopy

    An arthroscope is a small fibre optic telescope that can be introduced into a joint and allows surgery to be carried out for certain conditions using fine and small instruments. This eliminates the need for large incisions. … More

  • Soft Tissue (muscles, tendons and ligaments)

    Orthopaedic surgery also includes surgery to muscles, tendons and ligaments.  This may be required to alter muscle balance around a joint or to repair one of these damaged structures. More

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Visiting Hours

Visiting times for Wards 7 & 9 are 8am-8pm daily. 

Please arrange with the Charge Nurse for out of hours visiting.

Contact Details

North Shore Hospital

North Auckland

124 Shakespeare Road
North Shore City 0622

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124 Shakespeare Road
North Shore City 0622

Postal Address

North Shore Hospital
Private Bag 93 503
North Shore City 0740

This page was last updated at 8:16AM on December 17, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Waitematā DHB Orthopaedic Services.