Tiaho Mai (Adult Mental Health Services)
Tiaho Mai is an acute mental health unit situated in the grounds of Middlemore Hospital. There are three wards:
- Kuaka is the intensive care unit with 12 beds
- Huia is a ward of 20 beds
- Tui is a ward of 18 beds
We provide care for people from Otahuhu to Mercer, coast to coast including Kaiaua and Port Waikato.
We are an inpatient unit, where people with mental health problems are admitted into a hospital setting during a crisis.
The name Tiaho Mai translates to the light that comes from the moon and the stars "Shine Here".
Smokefree Tiaho Mai
Tiaho Mai, along with all other facilities on the Middlemore Hospital site, is proudly smoke free. We all know that ‘smoking kills’ but did you know that smoking kills people who have a mental illness more so and earlier than the general population? Tiaho Mai is striving to promote an environment that promotes wellness and recovery in all aspects of care. All service users, whanau and visitors will be asked to leave any smoking items such as tobacco, lighters, matches, rolling papers and filters at the reception desk on arrival. These will be returned at the point of leaving the facility. We are committed to interventions that support the health and well being of service users who are entrusted to our care. We will be offering Nicotine Replacement Therapy to all service users who identify as smokers.
Purpose of Tiaho Mai
It has been agreed that the purpose of the CMDHB mental health acute inpatient unit (Tiaho Mai) is:
The provision of intensive or complex 24 hour mental health assessment and/or treatment in a safe environment, provided as a short term episode of care that aims to help people reach a point where they can safely access other services. Acute inpatient services are provided as part of an overall continuum of care that includes a range of acute treatment options.
Psychiatrist - Clinical Director
Common Conditions / Procedures / Treatments
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Bipolar Disorder / Manic Depression
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Depression is a mood disorder. Emotional states like sadness, 'feeling blue' or tearfulness are part of normal human experience.… More
The Acute Inpatient Unit will offer a range of interventions including: provision of medication and the monitoring of medication effects and side effects physical health investigations service user and family/whanau education re mental illness and treatment including options for self help and self management range of psychological interventions aimed at… More
Mental Health in the Elderly
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Weekdays - 3.30pm to 7.00pm
Weekends - 10.00am to 7.00pm
Huia & Tui
Weekdays - 3.30pm to 8.00pm
Weekends - 10.00am to 8.00pm
Visiting can be at other times by prior arrangement.
Visiting is always at the discretion of the nurse in charge of the ward, taking into consideration patient care.
In their best interests, children are not allowed to visit on the wards. A nurse will be able to arrange for visits to take place in a more suitable area on the Unit.
IF THERE IS ANY REASON TO BELIEVE THAT VISITORS ARE USING OR SUPPLYING ILLICIT SUBSTANCES, DRUGS OR ALCOHOL, OR PUTTING RECOVERY OF ADMITTED PERSONS AT RISK, THEY WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE GROUNDS. IF THEY REFUSE TO DO SO SECURITY WILL BE CALLED TO ASSIST.
After Hours Visiting
- Visitors should contact the ward before arriving at Tiaho Mai to arrange visits after hours.
- On arrival, visitors report to Reception who will give you a "visitors pass".
- Visits may be rescheduled if the ward is too unsettled.
- Visitors must behave in a considerate manner towards other people.
- Children must be supervised at all times by a responsbile adult.
- On arrival visitors report to Reception who will inform the ward and give you a "visitors pass".
- Visitors may be asked to leave the Unit upon activation of an emergency alarm.
- All property brought into the hospital should be declared to nursing staff on arrival to ensure safety in the Unit. Items of risk include:
- lighters or matches
- glass bottles or mirrors
- belts and cords
- tins or cans
- razors or other sharp objects
- energy drinks
- mobile phones
- money or other valuable items.
: (09) 270 4742
(09) 276 0156
Kuaka: ext. 2584 or 2585
Huia: ext. 2587 or 2588
Tui: ext. 2555 or 2596
Private Bag 93311
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This page was last updated at 1:38PM on May 16, 2013. This information is reviewed and edited by Tiaho Mai (Adult Mental Health Services).