We are at ORANGE according to the NZ COVID-19 Protection Framework.  Protect yourself and our community by getting boosted, wearing a mask when out and about and reducing contact with others. Hospital visitors don’t need a Vaccine Pass, but must wear a surgical/medical paper mask. Fabric face coverings are no longer acceptable.  See our COVID-19 page for general COVID-19 advice, detailed hospital visiting guidelines and COVID-19 tests.

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Social work

Our Social Workers are here to support you and your family/whānau in our hospitals and in the community:

  • Hospital admission and planning for when you leave hospital or finish treatment
  • Mental Health Social Work support
  • Information and referrals to community services
  • Assisting with relationships between family and friends
  • Pregnancy options and counselling
  • Supporting Parents & children
  • Disability support
  • Care planning for the elderly
  • Palliative care
  • Travel assistance and accommodation information for patients and their family/ whanau

We provide Social Work services to inpatients and the community across the West Coast DHB.

National travel assistance (NTA)

National travel coordinators are based at Te Nīkau, Grey Hospital & Health Centre and Buller Health. They can help eligible patients pay for travel if they have been referred from a Specialist to another Specialist appointment, have a community services card and travel at least 80km one way.

Social workers can provide you with claim forms if you are eligible for assistance. For more information see the Ministry of Health website.

Page last updated: 9 April 2021

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