TREATY OF WAITANGI
Waitemata DHB supports the government policy of reducing inequalities. Working in partnership with Maori at all levels and in all parts of the district health sector helps the DHB ensure participation occurs, resulting in better health outcomes for Maori people who experience inequitable outcomes.
Waitemata DHB's partnership programme is consistent with the Treaty of Waitangi and adheres to the framework outlined by the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000.
People eligible for free hospital treatment:
- New Zealand citizens born in New Zealand
- people with permanent resident status
- refugees admitted by Immigration Service; people over 16 and ordinarily resident or previously ordinarily resident (legally) throughout preceding two years or who can provide proof that they intend to remain for two years
- people under 16 and in the care and control of the above
- Cook, Nuie and Tokelau Islands
- residents of Gt. Britain and Northern Ireland (including premature birth and complex maternity cases but excluding normal maternity or those with pre-existent condition)
- UK Royal Navy personnel
- residents of Australia, except antenatal outpatients
- US Antarctic Expedition personnel
- overseas students enrolled in a course of study of two years or more.
Please Note: People who are not New Zealand citizens may be required to produce evidence of entitlement - passport, residency permit or other Immigration Service documentation when first registering for treatment.
People NOT eligible for free treatment:
People who fall into the following categories will be billed for the full cost of services provided:
- all other nationalities not mentioned above including Commonwealth nations, Ireland, Japan, Fiji, Western Samoa, Tonga, New Caledonia, Tahiti, Kiribati and Vanuatu
- NZ citizens or their dependants who have not themselves lived in NZ. New Zealanders born overseas must live here to qualify
- people born in the UK or Australia but now resident elsewhere and outside NZ or who have come specifically for treatment
- diplomats, Fullbright scholars except those from UK or Australia
- seamen from overseas ships
- those on temporary permits (student/work/visitor) of less than 2 years’ duration.
Waitemata DHB has adopted the same policies as other Auckland hospitals with regard to people who are not entitled to free or subsidised care.
People will be asked to make arrangements for payment of the full cost of their consultation or treatment ''in advance of admission'' in non-acute cases.
Please Note: Waitemata DHB accepts its obligations in respect of emergency and acute care, but we would remind GPs this is not free for people listed above.
Please note that marriage to a New Zealand citizen or resident does not automatically confer residency status.
Waitemata DHB is a recognised smokefree environment and workplace. This means Waitemata buildings, grounds and vehicles are required to be smokefree at all times. Therefore smoking is not permitted by staff, patients, contractors, or members of the public in any area of the hospital.
If patients or visitors are found smoking within the hospital grounds they will be asked to leave. Repeat offenders may be issued with a trespass notice.
The Waitakere Hospital grounds extend out to Lincoln Road and Woodford Avenue.
VALUABLES or LOST ITEMS
The hospital allows patients to keep and use personal clothing and possessions. However we encourage you to leave your valuables such as jewellery and large amounts of cash at home or with a trusted person. Patients arriving at the hospital will be encouraged to send valuables home for safekeeping. If items need to be removed and you are not able to decide for yourself due to your medical condition, nursing staff will itemise and secure the items.
If you lose something during your stay/visit please notify your nurse immediately. Lost items are handed into the Security Office beside ECC.
WEST AUCKLAND HEALTH SERVICES FOUNDATION
The West Auckland Health Services Foundation (WASHF) is a charitable trust established to provide support for all services operated by the Waitemata District Health Board in Waitakere City and West Rodney District.
The Foundation’s philosophy is entwined with that of the newly redeveloped Waitakere Hospital, focusing on wellness and community participation. The Foundation receives gifts, donations, bequests, grants and goods-in-kind, and manages all sponsorship relationships that benefit Waitakere Hospital and its community-based services. Over $1 million has been received by way of grants and donations over the past three years and over $500,000 in goods-in-kind.
The Foundation has a number of programmes established to provide ongoing support for the hospital and community based services.
For further information about the Foundation’s programmes, to make a donation of any kind, or to become a volunteer please contact Waitakere Hospital (09) 839 0000 or Freephone 0800 80 93 42.