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Southern DHB Adult Inpatient Mental Health Services

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Ward 9B Intensive/Acute Mental Health Unit - Otago

Programme Areas

Crisis / acute, Mental health

Programme Type

Acute services


Central Lakes, Dunedin - South Otago, Waitaki

Age Groups

Adult / Pakeke

Referral Types

DHB clinical services

Referral Process

All referrals to Ward 9B must come via the Southern DHB Emergency Psychiatric Service/Psychiatric Consultation Liaison Service, Southern DHB Adult Community Mental Health Services, or another Mental Health Unit.


Ward 9B is a locked unit providing a safe therapeutic environment for clients in an acute phase of a mental health disorder who are unable to be managed in a less restricted area, i.e. open ward. Through individual assessment, treatment, and stabilisation the client is able to be transitioned back to the community either directly or via the rehabilitation unit.


Wakari Hospital, 371 Taieri Road, Dunedin

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This page was last updated at 11:23AM on April 28, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Southern DHB Adult Inpatient Mental Health Services.