How to make a referral

Mary Potter Hospice is a community-based service, providing specialist palliative care services free of charge to the people of Wellington, Porirua and Kāpiti.

There are four teams: community teams in Wellington, Porirua and Kāpiti, and an Inpatient Unit in Newtown.

They work closely with Primary Health Organisations, District Nurses, and other community based services. Care is available in people’s homes, residential facilities, day unit, outpatient clinics and as an inpatient at the Hospice.

Who is eligible for Hospice care?

  • When a person has been diagnosed as having a life threatening /life-limiting /active progressive disease for which curative or disease modifying treatment is not an option.
  • When the person can reasonably be expected to die within 12 months.
  • When the person, and/or their family requires specialist palliative care that exceeds the resources of the primary palliative care provider – this includes physical, psychosocial and/or spiritual needs.
  • When the person agrees to the service.
  • The person is living in Wellington, Porirua or Kāpiti.

How to make a referral

Referrals will be accepted from:

  • Primary Health Organisations
  • GPs
  • specialist medical practitioners
  • Wellington Hospital palliative care team
  • any health professionals in consultation with the GP or medical specialist.

The patient and their family must be informed of the nature of the palliative care offered by the Hospice and agree to the referral.

Contact us

Download our Hospice Referral Form

Contact our Intake Triage Clinical Nurse Specialist on (04) 801 0006 or fax (04) 389 5035.