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Southern DHB Mental Health Emergency Services

Mental Health & Addictions Service


Emergency Psychiatric Service

Programme Areas

Crisis / acute, Mental health

Programme Type

Intake / assessment


Central Lakes, Dunedin - South Otago, Waitaki

Age Groups

Child, Youth, Adult, Older adult

Referral Types

Self referral, GP, DHB clinical services, Corrections

Referral Process

Call 0800 46 78 46.

It is preferred that referrers contact the team by telephone as this is a mobile team and staff may not always be on-site to attend to walk-in referrals. Telephone referrals may be made to the service through the following channels:

  • General Practitioners - including after hours service
  • Community agencies - e.g. Police, St John, Supporting Families, PACT and also Southern DHB
  • Self presentation, friends family/whanau, concerned members of the public

If the referral is considered urgent, i.e. life threatening, immediate phone contact for consultation is vital.


The Emergency Psychiatric Service is a mobile 24-hour, 7-day a week service providing emergency services to people with acute mental health needs. 

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Contact Details

Southland Hospital, Invercargill


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This page was last updated at 2:38PM on December 9, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Southern DHB Mental Health Emergency Services.