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Central Regional Forensic Adult Inpatient Mental Health Service: Purehurehu and Rangipapa

About our service

The Central Regional Forensic Mental Health Inpatient Service is located at the Rātonga-Rua-O-Porirua campus. The acute forensic inpatient service consists of Purehurehu (male only unit) and Rangipapa (mixed gender unit). The regional forensic service also provides 17 step-down beds in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Service at Rātonga-Rua-o-Porirua (Tawhirimatea and Tane Mahuta). In addition, there are 15 forensic Extended-Care beds at Standford house in Wanganui. These beds are for forensic clients who require high level of observation, intensive treatment and secure care over an extended period.

The main function of Purehurehu and Rangipapa is to provide in a safe and secure environment for people who have been admitted into hospital for assessment and/or treatment through the criminal justice system.

People are admitted into these units from two main sources. They are either referred from the courts for assessment and/or treatment as part of the judicial process, or they are admitted from prison for psychiatric care and treatment.

Everyone admitted into the inpatient area is compulsorily detained under either the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment & Treatment) and/or the Criminal Procedure (Mentally Impaired Persons) Acts.

What you can expect if you or a family member use our service

Each person admitted to the inpatient unit has a multi-disciplinary team assigned to them. They are assessed by medical staff on the day of admission, and later during their stay by other members of the multi-disciplinary team.

Visiting hours

Visiting hours are every day by arrangement with the nurse in charge.Staff wear identification badges and you can ask them about their roles.

We aim to strengthen family resilience by providing family inclusive services. For instance, we work with families and whānau to restore the wellbeing of their family member and family by maintaining or building social supports. Our aim is to help clients recover in a safe and supportive environment.

We recognise that family and whānau often have important knowledge and experience and play an important role in recovery and in preventing relapse. Sharing your experience and knowledge of your family member with the clinical team will help to inform the clinical assessment and will help in the development and review of a partnership or treatment plan that meets your family member’s needs.

Capital & Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) has a non-smoking policy anywhere on its grounds including the inpatient units. Visitors are asked to refrain from smoking while on the premises. You can read more about this here.


Referrals can be received for people in the justice system who are going through or have been through the court process, have been charged with an offense or are in an adult prison. These people must have or be suspected of having a current significant mental health and/or co-existing disorder.

How to contact us


  • Phone: (04) 918 2546
  • Free phone: 0508 422 342 ext. 7546


  • Phone: (04) 918 2691
  • Free phone: 0508 422 342 ext.7691
Last updated 8 June 2018.