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Implementing the Health Passport
A Health Passport is a booklet
that you can carry with you when attending hospitals or other
providers of health and disability services. A Health Passport
contains information about how you want people to communicate with
you and support you. The Health and Disability Commissioner is
working with District Health Boards (DHBs) throughout New Zealand
to introduce the Health Passport into our hospitals.
Hutt Hospital and
Wellington Hospital started using the Health
Passport in a pilot study in April 2011 and staff at North
Shore and Waitakere
Hospitals began to use the Health Passport in
is also using the Health Passport. Staff at
Waikato Hospital are familiar
with the Health Passport and are supporting patients to use it.
If you live in these regions, and you
have a Health Passport, please take it to hospital with you. Click here for
helpful tips on using the Health Passport.
Several other DHBs are now working with
HDC to implement the Health Passport in their regions. Watch this
space for information about when staff at your local hospital will
know about the Passport and be ready for it.
Please wait until your hospital
is ready before taking your Passport to hospital with
Completing your Health Passport
You can get your caregiver or a member of your family to help
you. The Guide provides helpful examples and
explanations. Fill in as much or as little as you like - not
all the information may apply to you.
Please remember to take your Health Passport home with
For questions and enquiries regarding the implementation of
the Health Passport, please contact Hemant Thakkar on 0800 11 22 33
ext 5080 or email HealthPassport@hdc.org.nz