Sexual abuse is a common and serious condition with long term detrimental effects.
A collaborative approach involving Police, ACC and Health Services back in 2008 worked towards a local solution to provide the victims of actual or alleged sexual abuse access to a coordinated response and approach by Police, medical assessment and treatment services and victim support.
This led to the development of a Sexual Assault and Treatment Service (SAATS) which is provided through the Southern Cross Specialist Centre. This service addresses the acute and non-acute medical (including injury), psychological, and forensic (where indicated) requirements of the victim. The aim of the service is to identify and prevent any further or escalating issues, expedite the recovery of the affected victim, and ensure that all forensic and medico-legal requirements are met.
Referrals to the service may come through Police, General Practice, or victims may self refer. Referral may also be received by local counsellors and related support services.
To access the service during the day for both acute and non-acute for all ages please ring 06 9532498 or send through an electronic referral to SXHOSPPS. Acute cases afterhours need to be referred via the police.
Most documents are available in Acrobat (PDF) format. Some documents are also available in other formats (doc, xls, html etc.) or as a printed version (hard copy). Please note, due to cost, a different format or printed version may not be available.
To request a different format or printed version, please contact the MidCentral District Health Board Communications Unit.