Principle 6: Admission to hospital only when necessary

Principle 6: Admission to hospital only when necessary

As much health care and disability support as possible should be provided in the home and community. When children and young people are admitted to hospital, this should be as close to home as possible within the bounds of quality and safety.

Introduction

The following is one of a group of principles which recognise the particular needs of children and young people receiving health and disability support services. The principles describe what should be provided when your child or young person receives those services. They are based on expert opinion and a considerable body of literature in New Zealand and overseas and they have been developed after wide consultation. See all the principles listed in Principles: what health and disability services should provide for your child or young person.

Admission to hospital only when necessary

Principle: As much health care and disability support as possible should be provided in the home and community. When children and young people are admitted to hospital, this should be as close to home as possible within the bounds of quality and safety. 

As many health and disability support services as possible should be provided to your child or young person in their home and in their community. On the other hand, while travel can mean considerable stress, inconvenience, cost and disruption to a family, admission to hospital is sometimes necessary for the best care of your child.

For some services, children will have to travel to another centre. This is because some services are so specialised that there is a need for a smaller number of them. If your child does have to travel, you are entitled to go with them.

Many of the costs you incur while attending treatment for your child are able to be reimbursed. Meet with your social worker and find out what you are entitled to and ask them to help you to apply for it. (Financial assistance when your child has a disability or chronic condition - this includes information about travel and accommodation costs).

Acknowledgements

See Acknowledgements listed at Principles: what health and disability services should provide for your child or young person.

This page last reviewed 25 March 2015.
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