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Lakes DHB Child Health

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Children's Outreach Nursing Service

The Outreach Nurse Specialists provide care and support for unwell children and families/whānau in the community, enabling children to stay at home instead of in hospital. 

The service consists of a team of experienced children's nurses who are available 5 days a week, 8.30am - 4.30pm.

Rotorua  – (07) 348 1199 Ext 8952 or 8917

Taupō – (07) 348 1199 Ext 5806

How the Outreach Service Works

  • An Outreach Nurse will visit you and your child following a referral from a Paediatrician
  • Parents/Whānau are the best people to care, help or teach their child and the nurses will be there to support them to do this
  • The nurses may offer new innovative ideas that may be helpful to the child and family / whānau
  • The nurses work with families and welcome and encourage your observations and questions

The Role of the Children's Outreach Nurse

  • Talk about the child’s healthcare needs regarding your child’s care once you leave hospital
  • Discuss discharge from hospital with you
  • Provide a supportive and caring service once the child is discharged from hospital
  • Visit the child and family/whānau at home
  • Provide advice and support with issues and problems that may arise with the child’s health
  • Help plan a care programme that suits the family and child
  • Ensure parents are aware of allowances and support services that may be available to them
  • Provide a link to other healthcare or community services

This page was last updated at 1:10PM on March 9, 2021.