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Rheumatology | Lakes | Te Whatu Ora

Public Service, Rheumatology


Formerly Lakes DHB Rheumatology

Lakes DHB Rheumatology services are provided by QE Health.


What is Rheumatology?

Rheumatology is the specialty of medicine that includes arthritis and autoimmune diseases.

Arthritis means inflammation of a joint. A joint is where two or more bones meet and move in relation to each other. They are separated by a rubbery substance called cartilage which is smooth and slippery, allowing for easy movement. Cartilage covers the end of each bone. Tendons and ligaments attach bones to muscles and other bones. Cartilage, tendons and ligaments are enclosed within a membrane around the joint which releases a fluid into the joint space to keep it well lubricated.

Autoimmune disease is where an abnormality in the immune system leads to the body’s defence harming its own cells by mistake. A rheumatologist is a doctor who has specialised in this area of medicine. Your GP will refer you to see a rheumatologist if they think you have an autoimmune disorder or if they need assistance diagnosing or treating arthritis.

Referral Expectations

QE Health is under contract to Lakes District Health Board to provide Rheumatology services to the Lakes District. 

You may be referred by Lakes DHB or ask your GP to refer you to our service (no charge).


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.

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

Contact Details

Lakes DHB Rheumatology services are provided by QE Health

This page was last updated at 3:13PM on July 28, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by Rheumatology | Lakes | Te Whatu Ora.