Planning and Funding
Telephone: 0064 3 364 4130
P O Box 1600,
Fax: 0064 3 364 4165
12 December 2017
Health Sector Workers Network
Email: [email address];
Dear Health Sector Workers Network RE Official information request CDHB 9758
I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your email dated 11 December 2017, requesting the following
information under section 12 of the Official Information Act pertaining to Canterbury DHB Restraint
Policy and the use of mechanical restraints in all services. Can you please provide?
1. All policy documents relating to restraint practices at Canterbury DHB?
2. Are there instances in the last year (June 2016 to June 2017) of the use of mechanical
restraints? (i.e. strapping arms to bed) this is also referred to as physical restraint.
3. Can you please provide this data for both physical and mental health services and identify
the service associated with this data?
This data should be recorded in a Restraint Register and specify the type of restraint used (ie wrist
strap) and the start and finish times of each individual physical restraint. Obviously the
presentation of this data should be anonymised for the protection of privacy.
We will endeavour to respond to your request as soon as possible and in any event no later than 30
January 2018, being 20 working days after the day your request was received. Please note
: there is
an official down time for Official Information Act requests/responses between 22 December 2017
and 15 January 2018. If we are unable to respond to your request by then, we will notify you of an
extension of that timeframe.
Your request is being handled by Kathleen Smitheram. If you have any queries, please feel free to
contact either myself (details above) or Kathleen. Please refer to the OIA number above when
phoning or emailing. ([email address])
Phone 03 364 4134).
If any additional factors come to light which are relevant to your request, please do not hesitate to
contact us so that these can be taken into account.