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Northland DHB Palliative Care Service

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Palliative care for people with serious or life-threatening illness aims to help the patient live more comfortably rather than curing the disease.
This treatment approach improves the patient's quality of life by addressing social, psychological and spiritual needs as well as physical needs such as pain and symptom relief.

The hospital now employs palliative care specialists who can be added to the team of health professionals looking after patients in hospital when appropriate.

The hospital contracts to North Haven Hospice to provide inpatient palliative care as part of the patients' care team for Northland residents.


Referral Expectations

The palliative care specialist can be requested to have input for a patient by members of the health professional team. The patient or family/whanau can also request a referral to be made to this service.


No charges apply to this service.

Document Downloads

  • Palliative Care (PDF, 105.1 KB)
    What is Palliative Care?
    What Services do Hospices Offer?
    Referrals to Specialist Support

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Whangarei Hospital


Fax (09) 430 4115 during working hours; (09) 430 4132 after hours

Emergency Department: Open 24 hours / 7 days, Phone (09) 430 4100

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2 Hospital Road

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Whangarei Hospital
2 Hospital Road

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Whangarei Hospital
Private Bag 9742
Whangarei 0148

This page was last updated at 2:20PM on December 21, 2017. This information is reviewed and edited by Northland DHB Palliative Care Service.