Neonatal Outreach & Discharge Planning

​When babies/pēpi born very preterm reach 34-36 weeks corrected gestation or  those with complex needs getting ready to be discharged from the hospital, our Discharge planning nurses are introduced to the family. They work through the discharge needs of each baby with the family/whānau. The Discharge Facilitators issue a “Road to Home” pamphlet to families. The pamphlet consists of several cue boxes that are used for discussion with the parents regarding preparation for discharge, readiness of the home for baby and ongoing follow-up. It is a useful tool as it contributes to a smooth transition home. 

The Outreach Nurses will be introduced to the family/whānau of the baby/pēpi​ being discharged from the service, prior to the discharge date. It  is important that all support mechanisms and future appointments are in place so that the transition to home goes as smoothly as possible. Once the baby has been discharged to the home/kainga, the Outreach Nurse  will visit both baby/pēpi​ and family/whānau​ for as long as is deemed necessary.

Parents are encouraged to spend 24-48 hours living in hospital with their baby/babies just prior to discharge. This eases the transfer to home and is an opportunity to consolidate feeding and caring for their baby. Timing will depend on space availability. We have six parent rooms available (most singles). The rooming in policy is found here.

Babies who have Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, once they are stabilised in the hospital environment, can also be discharged into their home/kainga environment. The Outreach Nurses will visit and monitor these babies on a regular basis.This type of approach fosters a more contented baby and family.


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Christchurch Women's Hospital

(03) 364 4699

Neonatal Unit - Ward Clerk

(03) 364 4885

Found on the 4th floor of Christchurch Women's Hospital (one floor above the delivery suite and one below the Maternity Ward).

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Christchurch Hospital
2 Riccarton Road

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Christchurch Hospital
Private Bag 4711
Christchurch 8140

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Page last reviewed: 25 February 2014
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