Request for restraint policy and the use of mechanical restraints in all services

Health Sector Workers Network made this Official Information request to Lakes District Health Board

The request was successful.

From: Health Sector Workers Network

Dear Lakes District Health Board,

Can you please provide all policy documents relating to restraint practices at Lakes DHB?

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.
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 mechanical/physical restraint. Obviously the presentation of this data should be anonymised for the protection of privacy.

Yours faithfully,

Health Sector Workers Network

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From: Theresa Fraser
Lakes District Health Board

Good Afternoon

This is to acknowledge receipt of your OIA request and a response will be sent within the timeframe of the 1st February 2018.


Theresa Fraser, Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive
Lakes DHB, Private Bag 3023, Rotorua Mail Centre, Rotorua 3046
DDI: (07) 349 7982 Cell: 027 430 9948

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From: Shan Tapsell
Lakes District Health Board

Attachment 2018 01 10 Health Sector Workers Network restraint.pdf
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Please see attached letter.




Shan Tapsell

Assistant Communications Officer

Lakes District Health Board

Rotorua Hospital

Pukeroa Hill

Private Bag 3923

Rotorua Mail Centre

Rotorua 3046

Phone (07) 349 7955 extn:8491


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