Media release: From Compass Health PHO
Network enabling safer patient care:
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 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.
About Compass Health
Compass Health is a primary care network and not for profit social enterprise which provides quality primary health care
services to an enrolled population of 290,000 people across the Wellington, Porirua, Wairarapa and Kapiti areas. We work
in 2 health alliances: with Wairarapa DHB; and with Well Health, Cosine, Ora Toa and CCDHB. We employ around 120 people
and contract with 60 medical practices, 6 of whom provide Very Low Cost Access services. We also provide corporate
services to Central PHO and a number of practices.