Children’s Outreach Nursing Service

 

VISION/MISSION
 
To provide high-quality, specialist nursing care, support and advice to children and families/whanau in the Lakes District Health Board community.
 
Our service offers specialist advice, ongoing observation and monitoring with accessible support from our team of Paediatricians, for children (age 0-14) in the community who have acute and chronic illnesses, as well as children with special needs.
 
Philosophy
 
In respecting the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, we believe:
·         The Children's Outreach Nurse Service will work in partnership with children and families to provide holistic, culturally sensitive care
·         The Children's Outreach Nurse Service will work to protect children and families/whanau on advocating the rights of the child
·         The Children's Outreach Nurse Service will promote and encourage the participation of children and whanau by negotiating ongoing care management

STAFF AND HOW TO ACCESS
 
Introducing the Children’s Outreach Nursing Service, Rotorua and Taupo. There are four permanent members of the team.  Picture from left  Anneke Slager, Robin Covell (seated), Cath Mott, Justine Pereka (seated) Angela Hoffman (Reliever).

 
The Children’s Outreach Nursing Service  care for children with acute and chronic illnesses in their home within the Lakes area.   The service consists of a team of experienced children’s nurses who are available  5 days a week 8.30am – 4.30pm

At busy times, or when one member of the team is on  leave, the team members help each other and are also helped by the Lakes DHB Children’s Unit and Special Care Baby Unit staff.  The team keep  parents/whanau  informed of who to expect whenever possible.   
 
 
CONTACT DETAILS
 
Rotorua
 

Name

Designation

Ext

Robin Covell   

Outreach Nurse Specialist

8917

Anneke Slager

Outreach Nurse Specialist

8917

Cath Mott

Outreach Nurse Specialist

8952

 
Robin and Anneke provide support and care for babies going home from the Special Care Baby Unit in the Rotorua  area. Anneke also takes a lead role in caring for children with rheumatic fever in the community.
 
Cath provides support and care for children going home from the Children’s Unit in the Rotorua district. 
 
Taupo and Turangi
 

Name

Designation

Ext

Justine Pereka   

Outreach Nurse Specialist

5806

Anneke Slager

Outreach Nurse Specialist

8917

 
Justine and Anneke share the support and care of babies and children following discharge from hospital who live in the Taupo/Turangi/Mangakino  region. 
 
 
INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES/WHANAU
 
How the Outreach Service Works
 
·         An Outreach Nurse will visit you and your child following a referral from a Paediatrician
·         Parents/Whanau  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 / whanau
·         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 health care 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/whanau  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 health care or community services