Handover | Issue 42 - July 2018

Stu Bigwood

Director of nursing, specialist mental health service

Canterbury District Health Board

The national directors of mental health nurses (DoMHNs) held their quarterly meeting at Counties Manukau DHB in February, to take the opportunity to visit the new acute unit which is under construction. They were very impressed by the sense of space, the obvious clinical and consumer involvement and engagement in the design. A lot of money and time has been invested into making the building safe and reducing the risk of suicide - right down to the doors. The anti-ligature design technology, like door-top sensors, were of great interest.

The unit will cater for up to 76 people in the future, 24 more beds than currently available. The increase in beds will occur slowly and over time. It will have six units - four low dependency and two high - with ensuite bedrooms that all look out onto courtyards, rather than corridors. The unit is scheduled to open next year.