Information pertaining to the use of security cameras in mental health inpatient units.

Miss Black made this Official Information request to Nelson Marlborough District Health Board

The request was successful.

From: Miss Black

Dear Nelson Marlborough District Health Board,

I am currently researching best practice in regards to security at adult mental health inpatient units across the country. Particularly looking at the use of security cameras within mental health inpatient units.
To assist with this I would like to request:
1.
Does “The Wahi Oranga” mental health inpatient unit currently have security cameras operating with the hospital area?
I am defining hospital area as including: the reception area, entrance and exit points, main patient leisure areas, occupational therapy spaces, seclusion rooms, patient corridors, intensive care or high dependency areas, private/patient outside garden spaces.
This excludes any cameras operating outside of the inpatient unit treatment areas such as car parks, public hospital grounds.
2.
If the inpatient unit does have cameras operating may you please provide the following information:
2.a) When were the cameras installed?
2.b) Where are the cameras are located?
2.c) How many cameras are operating?
2.d) “Seclusion, Restraint, and Assault” reporting data for one year prior to the installation of any security cameras. For example, if cameras were installed June 2010, I request Seclusion, Restraint and Assault reporting data for the period from June 2009 – June 2010.
2.e) “Seclusion, Restraint, and Assault” reporting data for one year after the installation of any security cameras. For example, if cameras were installed June 2010, I request Seclusion, Restraint and Assault reporting data for the period from June 2010 – June 2011.

Thank you in advance for your assistance in providing the above information.
Karyn Black

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From: Maree Nevill

Dear Karyn

Re: Official Information Act request – Use of security cameras in
inpatient mental health units

 

The Nelson Marlborough District Health Board acknowledges receipt of your
request for Information under the Official Information Act 1982, received
on 2 August 2017.

 

Your request has been forwarded to the appropriate person/service for
response within 20 working days of receipt, and if we are unable to
respond to your request by then, we will notify you of an extension of
that timeframe.  We will endeavour to respond to your request as soon as
possible. 

 

Best Regards

Maree

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From: Maree Nevill

Dear Karyn

 

Official information request regarding use of security cameras in
inpatient mental health units

 

I refer to your official information request received by Nelson
Marlborough DHB on 2 August 2017.

 

The Official Information Act requires that we advise you of our decision
on your request no later than 20 working days after the day we received
your request. Unfortunately, it will not be possible to meet that time
limit and we are therefore writing to notify you of an extension of the
time to make our decision, to 13 September 2017.

 

This extension is necessary because consultations necessary to make a
decision on your request are such that a proper response cannot reasonably
be made within the original time limit.

 

You have the right to seek an investigation by the Ombudsman of this
decision. Information about how to make a complaint is available at
[1]www.ombudsman.parliament.nz or freephone 0800 802 602.

 

Best Regards

Maree

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Attachment OIA 11482 Response Security cameras in inpatient mental health units.pdf
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Dear Karyn

 

Please find attached the Nelson Marlborough DHB response to your Official
Information request regarding security cameras in the mental health
inpatient unit.

 

Best Regards

Maree

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From: Miss Black

Dear Maree Nevill,

Thank you for partially responding to my information request.

Would you please reconsider your decision of with hold information pertaining to the location of the cameras I would like to draw you attention to other DHB's that have provided this information without prejudicing safety or security. For instance Waikato DHB and Lakes district as just two examples.

I have asked for the same information from all DHB's and there has been no problem in providing this

Yours sincerely,

Miss Black

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From: Maree Nevill

Hi Miss Black

We have reviewed our response for your Q2(b) and a decision has been made to release the information requested. Please find out supplementary response to follow;

2.b) Where are the cameras [are] located?
NMDHB reconsidered response: The cameras are located at the main entrance, rear entrance, medication room, Intensive Patient Care Unit, and Special Care Unit.

Best Regards
Maree

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