Mental Health Services for Older People (MHSOP)
Mental Health Service for Older People (MHSOP)
This service is for patients over the age of 65 years.
Most referrals will be initially assessed in their place of residence by a community mental health nurse, consultant or registrar. The team also includes social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists and a community support worker.
Ward OPR1 is located at 214 Pembroke Street, Hamilton, Level B2, Older Persons and Rehabilitation Building, Waikato Hospital.
Outpatient clinics are located at 214 Pembroke Street, Hamilton, Level B1, Older Persons and Rehabilitation Building, Waikato Hospital.
Phone: (07) 839 8603
Fax: (07) 839 8737
Mental Health Service for Older People aims to provide an urgent response to all patients over 65 years during the hours 0830 – 1630 (4.30pm) Monday – Friday from 8am to 4pm. For an urgent response outside these hours, please contact the Crisis Assessment and Home Based Treatment Team (CAHT) on 0800 50 50 50
This service is often provided in conjunction with the Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team.
- Adults aged 65 with significant mental health problems. This includes patients who have amental health history and have not had any contact with Adult Mental Health Service in Waikato DHB within the last year. Adults of any age with an established diagnosis of demntia, complicated by significant behavioural and psychological symptoms (BPSD).
Patients with uncomplicated dementia with significant physical assessment requirements should be referred to Older Persons and Rehabilitation Service (OP&R)
Patients with acute confusional states (delirium) should be referred to General Medicine or OP&R.
Who can make a referral?
Referrals are accepted from all sources. However, we prefer the involvement of the general practitioner (GP).
All referrals are assessed on the content of information supplied and treated accordingly.
Urgent referrals - Responded to by phone or person within 24 hours.
Semi-urgent referrals - Responded to by phone or person within 72 hours.
Non-urgent, routine referrals - Responded to by phone or person within one to two weeks.