Media Release: 16 November 2015

Compass Health PHO is encouraging Wellington, Porirua, Kapiti and Wairarapa healthcare providers to join a network helping health professionals share information about patients who may be abusing or seeking drugs.

The Drug Seeker Network is made up of GPs, Nurses, Pharmacists, After hours clinics and Emergency Departments. Participating clinics display clear signage in waiting areas to inform patients about the network in compliance with the Health Privacy Act. This then gives staff the opportunity to discuss possible patient drug seeking behaviour and critical prescribing information with health professionals from other services, where this is in the best interests of the patient.

“The network enables safer patient care through respectful management of personal health information where drug seeking behaviour is identified. It’s also a way our local health community can work together more closely." says Chris Kerr, Compass Health Clinical Director.

“The ultimate aim is to identify patients at risk and to get them the help they need," says Kerr.

Poster and link to current list of participants available publically on the Compass Health website here.