VISITING HOSPITAL

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Last updated:
16 September 2022

 

Mask exemptions accepted for people seeking treatment
Any member of the public with a mask exemption is welcome in all our facilities when attending to receive health care and *treatment. Please show your mask exemption card and appointment letter to staff at the entrance.

*Treatment includes: coming into the Emergency Department, outpatient appointments,  surgery or a procedure.

For visitors to all facilities effective from Friday 16 September 2022

Some visitor restrictions for all Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury hospitals and health facilities remain in place, but we have relaxed others.

There is still a heightened risk to vulnerable people in hospital and so people must continue to wear a mask when visiting any of our facilities and follow other advice designed to keep patients, staff and other visitors safe.

Kia whakahaumaru te whānau, me ngā iwi katoa – this is to keep everybody safe:

  • Visitors or support people must not visit our facilities if they are unwell. Do not visit if you have recently tested positive for COVID-19 and haven’t completed your isolation period.
  • Patients may have more than one visitor, except in some situations such as multi-bed rooms where it can cause overcrowding.
  • Surgical/medical masks must be worn at all sites. Masks will be provided if you don’t have one.
  • For Specialist Mental Health Services everyone is strongly encouraged to wear a surgical mask in all inpatient areas and areas where consumers are receiving care (i.e. community appointments, home-visits, transporting people). Discretion may be applied in cases where masks impair your ability to communicate effectively.
  • Visitors must not eat or drink in multibed rooms because of the increased risk when multiple people remove their mask in the same space.
  • Hand sanitiser is available and must be used.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as our staff work hard to protect and care for some of the most vulnerable in our community.

Visiting patients with COVID-19

  • People are able to visit patients who have COVID-19 but they must wear an N95 mask – this will be provided if you don’t have one.
  • Other methods of communication will be facilitated e.g. phone, Facetime, Zoom, WhatApp etc where visits aren’t possible.

All of our Hospitals

Visiting hours for our hospitals have returned to pre COVID-19 hours with the exception of Christchurch Women’s Hospital.

All visitors must wear a medical mask.

Parents/caregivers are able to be with their child in hospital and visitors other than a parent or caregiver are now allowed, except for the Children’s Haematology and Oncology Day stay where just one parent/caregiver is able to attend their appointment with their child. Exceptions by special arrangement only.

Patients and visitors should also read the additional more detailed visiting guidelines for each specific hospital.

More COVID-19 information

Mental Health

117 documents.

MoH briefings regarding SMHS Forensic Service since 19 January 2022

All briefings to the Minister of Health, and any Ministry of Health staff member about the forensic mental health service since January 19, 2022.

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SMHS Forensic Service – Community Leave

  • All correspondence, briefings and reports to and from the CDHB about the forensic mental health service at Hillmorton Hospital.
  • Can I also please have the total number of times the murder accused was allowed on grounds leave and community leave.

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Mental Healthcare workers

  1. How many mental health care workers are employed in the district?
  2. Can this please be broken down by psychiatrists, psychologists, counsellors, clinical social workers, mental health nurses or other mental health staff?
  3. How many vacant roles are there currently within the mental health team?
  4. What are the roles that need to be filled?
  5. What is the current average wait time for the first appointment with mental health services?
  6. What is the current average wait time to see a psychiatrist?
  7. How many people were seen by the district’s mental health services in 2021, and 2022 so far?
  8. Do you have a priority system in place to determine who needs to be seen most urgently?
  9. Could you outline the levels and the definitions that align with those priority levels?
  10. What is the district's definition of a mental health crisis?
  11. How much funding has been dedicated to districts' mental health services in the past five years?
  12. Of that total how much has been dedicated to child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)?

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Drug screens and ADHD medications

ALL official policies, guidelines, procedures, memos, or other relevant documentation (I'm not sure what technical terms you use for official process) regarding drug screens and ADHD meds used by CDHB psychiatrists when determining whether to grant special authority for controlled ADHD medications.

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Issues based audits or investigations of mental health services carried out in 2020, 2021, 2022

All Issues based audits or investigations of mental health services carried out in DHB area in 2020, 2021 and so far this year (2022) including;

  • the name of the service and year it was audited
  • copies of the original complaint or details of whatever sparked the investigation
  • copies of the completed audit and any follow up reports.

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Complaints about Burwood Hospital from January 2018 to December 2021

  • The number of complaints made annually to Te Whatu Ora Waitaha (formerly Canterbury District Health Board) about care a patient has received while being treated or seen at Burwood Hospital in the past four years (Jan 1 2018 to 31 December 2021). Please include whether complaint referred to a medical situation or general service and which area the patient was being treated in (e.g. General Medical, Orthopaedics, etc.).
  • Please state how many of the complaints each year were upheld.
  • Please state what disciplinary action or corrective measures were taken or introduced as a result of each of the upheld complaints.
  • Please state the number of Te Whatu Ora Waitaha (formerly Canterbury District Health Board) staff who received disciplinary action in the past four years (January 1 2018 to 31 December 2021) because of a complaint received about them or the care they gave to patients while working at Burwood Hospital.

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Number of people a year in seclusion for years 2016-2022

Specialist Mental Health Service - The exact number of people per calendar year (of people in seclusion at the then DHB), not in a graph, just the raw data. 2016 – 2022 YTD.

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Mental health assessment for community leave

How many patients from the same secure unit where the man accused of murder on Saturday are/have been granted community leave, and what assessment is done before this kind of leave is granted?

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Mental health nursing vacancies

Te Whare Manaaki: Of the 32 nursing staff, how many have a minimum of two years experience on a forensics mental health unit? How many staff are currently off sick as a result of an assault injury?

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RE Sockburn murder and Hillmorton Hospital

RE the stabbing/murder in Sockburn on 25/06/2022 - request any and all advice, briefings, reports, aides memoire, memos and emails sent/received by CDHB employees - leading up to, and following a police incident (stabbing/murder) in Sockburn on Saturday 25th June.

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RE: Murder accused and the incident on 25 June 2022

Information about the murder incident on 25/06/2022.

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Hillmorton Hospital banned items procedure

I am seeking the job classification/designation of persons involved in the development and authorisation of the following polices:

  • Search for and removal of banned items procedure (2400052)
  • Te Awakura Safety Protocols (2400125)
  • Both policies are associated with Hillmorton Hospital.

If there were lay people or people not employed by the hospital involved and I include volunteers, advocates, consumers but not limited, I would like these people to be identified and included in my request.

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Admissions to Hillmorton Hospital and policies regarding patient property

Total patient admissions numbers to each unit ( North, South, East and West Inpatient Units) at Te Awakura, Hillmorton Hospital between the periods of January 1 2022 and 31st May 2022. I am also requesting during the same period and same units at Te Awakura, Hillmorton Hospital, the following information in regards to the following policy: Search for and removal of banned items procedure (2400052). The total monthly amounts for each unit, as documented in patient notes of the following 2 items: Grounds for personal and property searches? And any evidence to support patient consent being obtained or denied.

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Eating Disorders Service

  • What are the Eating Disorder Clinical Guidelines for decision making around which referrals are accepted into SIEDS outpatient team, or referred to Caf South/North outpatient team, or other adult mental health services?
  • What are the numbers for referrals for Eating Disorder support through SIEDS for 2017 - 2021 (broken in to year groups), and the breakdown of which pathway the referral was eventually directed (SIEDS outpatient team, Caf outpatient team, or other adult community support)?
  • What are the numbers of patients that are not accepted to direct SIEDS outpatient support, who then later require inpatient care in C Ward from 2017 - 2021?
  • How many complaints have been received regarding wait times, or inability to access SIEDS support (both inpatient and outpatient) from 2017 - 2021?
  • What are the clinical guidelines around discharge from C Ward?
  • What are the wait times for access to inpatient care in C Ward 2017 - 2021 (average wait, longest wait, shortest wait, broken in to year groups)
  • How many regional admissions are there to C Ward (2017- 2021)?
  • What is the policy around using the Mental Health Act for people to receive inpatient treatment in C Ward for Eating Disorder support?
  • How many people have been under the Mental Health Act for Eating Disorder Support from 2017 - 2021? (broken into year groups, and aged under 18 and over 18).
  • What is the policy around repeated use of the Mental Health Act for C Ward admissions?
  • Is there a policy stating that the Mental Health Act can only be used once?
  • What are the clinical guidelines for care of people diagnosed with severe and enduring Anorexia?
  • How many inpatient beds will be available in the new hospital based at Hillmorton?
  • Will the new ward be a closed or open ward?
  • Will the new ward be combined with the Mothers and Baby’s ward or separated?

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Mental Health Act

A copy of:

1. Mental Health Act Section 8 Form: application form for any person to fill out.

2. Mental Health Act Section 8B Form: medical certificate form

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Suicide and self harm assessment tools

Information on how the DHB undertakes suicide risk assessment to inform decisions on access to services (which may also be known as the "triage process". )

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Mental Health policies and procedures

Policy, procedures, standards, statements and information on the diagnosis, treatment and provision of social supports for numerous mental disorders.

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Mental Health Compulsory Assessment and Treatment Act 1992

Mental Health Compulsory Assessment and Treatment Act 1992.

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Information regarding mental health assessments

Policies, guidelines and ethics re Mental Health assessments and treatment under the Mental Health Act.

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Alcohol related harm

Maternal Mental Health

Number of women referred to Maternal Mental Health in 2021 and number accepted. Current wait times for maternal mental health.

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Mental health services procedural information

  • Copies of all forms relating to the induction of a client, compulsory or voluntary or moving between status.
  • Copies of all forms relating to a discharge/transfer of a client, compulsory or voluntary or moving between status.

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Mental health staff and COVID-19 vaccination mandates

  • How many roles / staff have been terminated / fired / released from contracts by way of refusing mandates for covid-19 vaccinations in the Christchurch Mental Health Sector?
  • Please break down the numbers by worksite / medical establishments where possible, including any mental health roles in prisons?
  • How many staff are performing double shifts on a weekly basis? (Please break down the numbers by worksite / medical establishments where possible)
  • How much time do the patients in the mental health sector receive, on average, quality one-on-one care /support / help? (Please break down the numbers by worksite / medical establishments where possible)
  • How many staff were specialist mental health services short by in November 2021, and how many in December 2021?
  • How many staff had left these roles wholly or partly to do with the covid-19 vaccine mandates?
  • What were the reasons given for the 13 departures?
  • How many were due to covid-19 vaccine mandates?
  • How many more staff have left the facility since July until date of your answer given to this OIA request?
  • How many of these have been partly or wholly due to covid-19 vaccine mandates?

 

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Mental health staffing

  • Out of the total 627 budgeted nursing roles in Canterbury DHB's specialist mental services, how many staff members short of this total was the DHB in:
    • November 2021,
    • December 2021,
    • January 2022,
    • February 2022,
  • In Christchurch's forensic mental health unit, how many of the unit's total staff members have left the unit in the twelve months to January 2022?
  • In the 12 months to January 2022, how many staff members were physically assaulted by patients in the forensics unit?
  • Of these assaults, how many days did each staff member have to take off work?
  • How many of these assaults resulted in an ACC claim?
  • What is the total number of staff in Christchurch's crisis resolution team?
  • How many staff members in the crisis resolution team have left each year in the five years to 2021 (2016 - 2021)?

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Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) waitlist

ADHD - Assessments, diagnosed, average wait time, number on waitlist, % on waitlist for youth mental health with suspected ADHD.

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Treatment protocols

Treatment protocols: Post-Operative Urinary retention, persistent postsurgical pain, treatment of patients after a suicide attempt or suicidal ideation and constipation

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Staffing of mental health facilities

Please release correspondence with unions and staff (not individual staff, but group messages), in the 2021 calendar year, about staffing of mental health facilities.

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Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

  1. Do you diagnose ADHD for those under the age of 18, and for those over 18?
  2. If so, what is the process to getting a diagnosis, and who does the diagnosis? If not, please explain why not.
  3. What is the waiting list/average time frame to be diagnosed over the last 12 months? (for under and over 18)
  4. What support do you provide once they are diagnosed?
  5. Do you have the ability to cope with an ADHD person in crisis?
  6. What care is provided?

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Drug and Alcohol Residential Services

RE Alcohol and Drug residential services: Live in treatment services: number, name, location, number closed between 2015 and 2021. Wait list for these facilities, average wait time, Alcohol and detox beds - located and how many? Average wait time for drug and alcohol detox bed. Average number of people on wait list for drug and alcohol detox bed between 2015 and 2021.

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Mental Health services post discharge

Mental Health:

  • Q10, How long does a vulnerable person remain in the system post discharge so they can access support quickly.
  • Q19, What risk/benefit model is

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Information about psychologists employed by Canterbury DHB

Psychologists: FTE/Headcount / Pay scales 1-9 / Pay scale 10 and above / Number of applications for merit progression and how many successful. 1/12/2019 - 30/6/2021

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Hoarding

Hoarding - stats on cases dealt with, services provided/funded offered to help people with hoarding?

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Mental Health Staffing

  • What are the facilities hosting mental health ED like and are there any plans to improve them?
  • What is the total number of staff working in the mental health crisis team when it is fully resourced.
  • The number of staff working in the team currently?
  • How many people left the mental health crisis team this year? And over the last six years broken down by year?
  • How many staff from the mental health crisis team were assaulted this year, how many resulted in an ACC claim, and how long was each incident off work as a result? Same info for last year and year before if possible too.
  • What is the role of police in assisting the crisis mental health team if they are unable to manage a patient?

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Male Prisoners admitted to Hillmorton Hospital in 2016 and 2017

The number of patients from Christchurch Men’s’ Prison who were admitted to Hillmorton Hospital and discharged in 2016 and 2017?

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MIQ Mental Health prescriptions cost

  • How many people staying in MIQ facilities have sought assistance from Ministry of Health mental health teams that operate on-site during the same period (16/03/2020 - 16/04/2021)?
  • How many prescriptions/doses of anti-anxiety medications such as Xanax (alprazolam), Klonopin (clonazepam), Valium (diazepam), and Ativan (lorazepam) have been distributed to patients in MIQ units? (16/03/2020 - 16/04/2021).
  • How much has the Ministry of Health spent on medications and non-Covid related health.

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Te Tumu Waiora Information Emergency Department Mental Health

Mental Health: Te Tumu Waiora info / BIC / ED mental health presentations and admissions.

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People going from MIQ to be detained in mental health facilities

Partial transfer from MBIE: Questions 2,3 and 4: RE People re-entering NZ and going into quarantine. From quarantine, some will be labelled 'psychiatrically disturbed' and they will go from quarantine in mental health facilities.

  • How many went into Mental Health facility and been involuntarily detained?
  • How many are still retained in government institutions?

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