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The primary point of contact for services for older adults is Needs Assessment and Service Coordination (NASC). NASC services cover help to stay at home, support services for carers and entry into residential care. They can also link with other District Health Board (DHB) services and community based agencies.

The NASC contact for Tairawhiti is;

Service Name: NASC Older Persons, Community Mental Health
Area Includes: Gisborne, Whangara, Tolaga Bay, Tokomaru Bay, Te Puia Springs, Ruatoria, Tiki tiki, Te Araroa, Hicks Bay, Manutuke, Muriwai, Ormond, Te Karaka, Whatatutu, Matawai, Motu, Patutahi
Email: penny.forrester@tdh.org.nz
Website: www.tdh.org.nz
Phone / Fax: 06 869 2090 / 06 869 2091 (fax)
Postal Address: Gisborne Hospital, Private Bag 7001, Gisborne 4040
Physical Address: 1st Floor Tangata Rite Building, Gisborne Hospital, Gisborne

Other useful contacts

Meals on wheels: Meals on Wheels home-delivered food service to the Gisborne area is co-ordinated by Age Concern, phone 06 867 6533 or email francestac.tai@xtra.co.nz  
Other meal providers: Black Pearl home delivered meal service. Contact Wendy Bennett  phone 021 702 222   email:  wendy_bennett@xtra.co.nz  
District Nursing: Provide a community nursing service seven days a week; 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 1pm and 4pm to 8pm Saturday and Sunday. Phone 06 869 0500 ext 8405
The team also has several specialist roles; continence, wound management, breast care/oncology and stoma care.  Additional services provided for home IV service, outpatient IV clinics, palliative care nursing, oxygen supplies and education.
Area covered includes Gisborne City and extends from Ormond to the Waipaoa Bridge and North as far as Makarori. 
Shuttle Services: The Sunshine Bus service is a registered charitable trust. Volunteers provide wheelchair accessible transport for elderly and disabled, with a focus on supporting independence. Buses operate in the Gisborne suburban area and transport people to medical appointments, day programmes and supermarket shopping. The service is also available to residents of long-term care. Bookings are essential and there is a charge: $3 one-way or $5 return.Sunshine Bus: phone 06-867 2905 or sunshineservice@xtra.co.nz
Office hours 7am to midday, 389 Gladstone Road, Gisborne

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