Patients are entitled to seek a second opinion from another psychiatrist, however there needs to be a clear rationale for seeking the second opinion.


The Mental Health Service asks that any request be in writing and contain specific details of your reasons and be sent to:

Quality Risk Coordinator
Chris Sorenson
Mental Health Outpatients Department
Taranaki Base Hospital
Private Bag 2016

New Plymouth

Tel: (06) 753 7777 ext 7631


The rationale for seeking the second opinion must be clearly stated within the letter requesting a second opinion.

The decision as to whether to agree to a request for a second opinion is made by the psychiatrist and treating team.

Not all requests for a second opinion are able to be actioned.

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