Free ''health passports'' are now available in the Wakatipu
and the Southern District Health Board says it supports the
initiative by the Health and Disability Commission.
The bright purple health passports are intended to make sure
health care and support staff quickly understand the needs of
certain patients, most likely elderly patients and people
with disabilities or multiple long-term conditions, those
with limited English abilities, or those often admitted to
Health passports can be obtained from a patient's GP or
primary care provider, or from Lakes District, Dunedin and
The passport can be completed with the patient's doctor,
family or primary carer and contains information which is
patient-specific such as ''Things you must know about me''.