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.