A paediatric liaison nurse is the local representation of the Child Health Service in the mid north. Other members of the team visit from Whangarei as the need arises and include a paediatrician, physiotherapist, psychologist and child health occupational therapist.
The paediatric liaison nurse's primary role is to work with children who have chronic illness, and their families, to ensure adequate support is available. She also works with children and their family immediately after discharge from hospital to help them manage acute illness in the home.
Bay of Islands Hospital social worker assists the liaison nurse with child health work especially in the area of community support and helping with transport issues that the family may have.
Health professionals refer patients to the service. Usually the children are already under a paediatrician's care.
Hours: Paediatric liaison nurse works Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 8.30am - 5.00pm
Location: Bay of Islands Hospital Kawakawa
Child Health Service
Ph: 09 404 2858 ext 5829
Fax:09 404 2851