Te Puna Waiora
Te Puna Waiora is the acute inpatient mental health unit within Taranaki Base Hospital and is accessed via the first entrance off David Street. Te Puna Waiora is a 23-bed unit, catering for the needs of people with acute mental illness.
The unit comprises an Intensive Psychiatric Care unit, four psychogeriatric beds and 15 adult inpatient beds. Adolescents are sometimes also admitted with special arrangements put in place. Patients have their own bedroom, a selection of group therapy rooms and a range of recreational facilities. The flexibility of the facility provides a more appropriate and dignified setting for various patient groups including older patients.
Te Puna Waiora is accessible 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week. Admission is usually following assessment by the Acute Intervention Service (Crisis team/ Mental Health liaison) in the Emergency Department or community, or via Mental Health outpatients. Potential patients should bring clothing and toiletries with them. The multidisciplinary team working within Te Puna Waiora includes mental health nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, case manager, an occupational therapist, activities facilitator, the Maori mental health team, social worker, and a House Surgeon.
Last updated: Tuesday, January 31, 2012