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An external review of the whole Mental Health Service has been completed with changes to services recommended. This page will be updated with progress reports, key documents and links for further information.

Background

Two serious adverse events occurred within a short period of time in the acute mental health inpatient unit at Palmerston North Hospital (Ward 21). The events were the apparent self-inflicted deaths of two inpatients, three weeks apart. These two events were tragic outcomes for those patients and MDHB senior management on behalf of staff wish to express deepest sympathy to the families. It is also acknowledged that the issues that have arisen regarding the care provided and the functioning of the mental health service have had a profound and distressing impact on both families and the wider community.
 
At the request of the Board, and in consultation with the Ministry of Health’s Director of Mental Health, it was determined that a wide external systematic review of the service as a whole be instigated, referencing the two events.  The external review was commissioned in June 2014 to ensure that any underlying issues in relation to the structure, resourcing, or culture of the service be identified and addressed. The review was completed in August 2014 and presented at the MDHB Hospital Advisory Committee September 2014 meeting.
 
A number of recommendations were identified and a work programme has been developed to address these. The MDHB Hospital Advisory Committee will be provided with updates and progress.
 

Key Documents

 

Reviews

 

Board Documents  

 
 

Media Releases

 

Links for Further Information

The following links have general, education and support mental health information
​Document Format

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.

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