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Auckland DHB Rapid Community Access Team (R-CAT)

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R-CAT provides nursing care, assessment and treatment in the community to enable patients an earlier or more supported transition from hospital to home or to help avoid an admission to hospital.

The care is coordinated by a Specialist Nursing team who liaise with a wide range of providers and professionals such as Home-based Support Services, District Nursing, Aged Residential Care, Allied Health and Gerontology Services.

R-CAT can be used along with other services already provided by POAC.

If your client is at risk of admission to Auckland City Hospital, our team may be able to support them at home.

What to expect
Your patient will be seen either in the hospital or at their own residence within a 2 hour framework; short term nursing care will be planned with links to other community services being explored.

Please click here for R-CAT Frequently Asked Questions.

Referral Expectations

How to access the service

The service accepts referrals from Primary Care, Aged Residential Care, St Johns Ambulance and hospital teams.

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This page was last updated at 7:29AM on July 18, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Auckland DHB Rapid Community Access Team (R-CAT).