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Request for policy on new admissions to mental health wards

Corinda Taylor made this Official Information request to Southern District Health Board

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From: Corinda Taylor

Dear Southern District Health Board,

This is a request for policy on new admissions to mental health wards both in Invercargill and Dunedin. To include all policies in place from 1 February 2012 and any changes to the policy until release of this OIA request on 8 August 2018,

Please state the differences if under the mental health act or not.
Please state if policy has different procedures in place when treating actively suicidal people or not.
In particular I request the ten minute or any other observation rules in place.
Is there a different procedure if person is known to the ward or not?
Is there any other terminology that is used to describe when people are observed for suicidal behaviour to differentiate between actively suicidal or not so that staff can be alerted to the possibility on staff hand over?

Yours faithfully,

Corinda Taylor

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From: Sarah Byrne
Southern District Health Board

Dear Corinda,

Please accept this as acknowledgement of your Official Information request.

I will have a response to you on 8 August 2018 as per your request.

Kind regards
Sarah

Sarah Byrne | OIA Coordinator| Southern DHB
Private Bag 1921, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand |DDI 03 4769454 ext 55454
[email address]

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From: Sarah Byrne
Southern District Health Board

Dear Mrs Taylor,

This relates to your OIA request for:

This is a request for policy on new admissions to mental health wards both
in Invercargill and Dunedin.  To include all policies in place from 1
February 2012 and any changes to the policy until release of this OIA
request on 8 August 2018.

o Please state the differences if under the mental health act or not.
o Please state if policy has different procedures in place when treating
actively suicidal people or not.
In particular I request the ten minute or any other observation rules
in place.
o Is there a different procedure if person is known to the ward or not?

Is there any other terminology that is used to describe when people are
observed for suicidal behaviour to differentiate between actively suicidal
or not so that staff can be alerted to the possibility on staff hand over?

 

Due to staff absences we require an extension to the response timeframe
under section 15A(a) of the Official Information Act until Friday 24
August. If I am able to get the response to you sooner than this date I
will do so.  

You have the right to seek an investigation and review of our decision by
the Ombudsman.  The Ombudsman's Office can be contacted on 0800 802 602 or
on-line at [1]http://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/.

Regards

Sarah

 

Sarah Byrne | OIA Coordinator| Southern DHB

Private Bag 1921, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand |DDI 03 4769454 ext 55454

[2][email address]

 

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