A paediatric liaison nurse is the local representation of the Child Health Service in the mid-north. Other members of the team visit from Whangārei 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 a chronic illness, and their families, to ensure adequate support is available. She also works with children and their families immediately after discharge from the 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 helps 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: The Paediatric liaison nurse works Monday to Thursday, every second Friday, 8.00am - 4.30pm
Location: Community Health Services Building, Bay of Islands Hospital, Kawakawa
Child Health Service
Ph: 021 276 5937