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Capital & Coast DHB Allied Health

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Occupational Therapy

Monday to Friday: 8am - 4.30pm
Acute inpatient orthopaedic cover provided on Saturdays.
Planned 7 day cover with new Medical Assessment and Planning Unit (MAPU).


"Occupational therapy is a profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The primary goal of Occupational Therapy is to enable people to participate in their activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by enabling people to do things that will enhance their ability to participate or by modifying the environment to better support participation.
Occupational therapists have a broad education that equips them with skills and knowledge to work collaboratively with individuals or groups of people who have an impairment of body structure or function due to a health condition, and who experience barriers to participation."
World Federation of Occupational Therapists

About Us
CCDHB Occupational Therapy provides services in the following areas:

  • Acute inpatient occupational therapy at Wellington Regional Hospital.
  • Community occupational therapy in: 
    • Wellington
    • Kenepuru
    • Kapiti
  • Acute inpatient occupational therapy on acute surgical/medical wards at Kenepuru Hospital
  • Hand therapy outpatient services at Wellington, Kenepuru and Kapiti

We do:

  • Functional assessments (showering, dressing, transfers or kitchen) to assess safety.
  • Cognitive assessments (standardised) to assess current cognitive status and potential safety implications.
  • Equipment assessments for short or long term needs.
  • Home visits if needed to assess safety with the ability to follow patients up 3 weeks post discharge, when seen as an inpatient.
  • Community assessments and interventions to assess function and provide interventions to improve function. These could involve provision of equipment or application to Enable for housing modifications.
  • Manual therapy and splinting to restore hand function.


Referral Criteria
We see:

  • People whose function has deteriorated since admission or due to a recent event e.g. needing increasing assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) or transfers.
  • People who require outpatient hand therapy following surgery or due to illness or accident.
  • People who demonstrate cognitive impairment which is impacting on their ability to function or to be safe at home.
  • People who live alone and have limited social supports.
  • People who require environmental checks or home visits to assess safety.
  • People who require equipment on discharge, needing long term funding.


Referrals for community occupational therapy should be made via the Care Co-ordination Centre. Hand Therapy referrals should be made by your GP or consultant. 

Community Occupational Therapy referrals fax to: 0800 282 202 
Care Coordination Centre Referral Form

Phone numbers
• Wellington - (04) 385 5999 x 82373
• Kenepuru - (04) 385 5999 x 7090
• Kapiti - (04) 385 5999 x 4221

This page was last updated at 12:31PM on September 23, 2019.