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Report on an unannounced inspection of Kingsley Mortimer Unit, North Shore

Peter Boshier
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Ombudsmen are designated as one of the National Preventive Mechanisms (NPMs) under the Crimes of Torture Act 1989 (COTA), with responsibility for examining and monitoring the conditions and treatment of patients detained in secure units within New Zealand hospitals.

My role is to form an independent opinion as to the conditions and treatment in these places, report my observations and if necessary make recommendations for improvement.

From 6 to 10 March, a team of two Inspectors - whom I have authorised to carry out visits to places of detention under COTA on my behalf - made an unannounced five-day inspection to the Kingsley Mortimer Unit.


The Kingsley Mortimer Unit is a 19-bed, mixed-gender, secure older adult inpatient unit located in the grounds of North Shore Hospital. The Unit provides inpatient assessment and treatment for three older adult community mental health teams in the Rodney, North Shore and Waitakere regions. As a result of my inspection, I make eight recommendations to the Unit, and two recommendations to Health New Zealand – Te Whatu Ora.

Feedback process

Health New Zealand - Te Whatu Ora received a copy of my provisional report and were invited to comment. I received a response from Te Whatu Ora - Waitematā and have considered their feedback when preparing my final report.

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