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Media advisory #12 Whanganui Region has one more confirmed case of COVID-19

The Ministry of Health has announced one more confirmed case and one probable case of COVID-19 in the Whanganui Region. 

Media advisory #11 – New controller brings 30 years’ experience to emergency role

Taking over as the lead of Whanganui’s COVID-19 emergency response team today – 31 March, 2020 – Stuart Hylton said it was imperative people limited their movements and adhered to the Alert Level 4 guidelines. 

Media advisory #10 – Welfare call centre key part of coronavirus response

As well as people’s health, a key focus of the Whanganui Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) response to the coronavirus outbreak is the general welfare of the community.

Media advisory #9 - Civil Defence joins Whanganui’s emergency response to coronavirus

The Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) handling the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak for the Whanganui District Health Board region has been expanded today, Sunday, 29 March 2020.

Media advisory #8 – Whanganui region has three confirmed cases of COVID-19

The Ministry of Health announced at 1.00pm today that three people in the Whanganui Region are confirmed novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.

Media advisory #7 – Community thanked for vigilance in staying safe at home

Whanganui District Health Board wants to thank the people of our region for working together to minimise the spread of COVID-19 and for the work essential services are doing.


Media advisory #6 New restrictions on visiting Whanganui Hospital in response to COVID-19 Level 4

In line with government direction, Whanganui Hospital is closed to almost all visitors, and people accompanying their loved ones to essential appointments, as of 11.59pm on Wednesday, 25 March.

Media advisory #4 Whanganui’s essential health services remain in place despite national lockdown

Following the news today (Monday, March 23) that New Zealand will go into a four-week lockdown, WDHB is reassuring the community that essential health services will be maintained.


Media advisory #3 New visitor restrictions for Whanganui Hospital in response to COVID-19

Following the government announcement on Saturday 21 March 2020 of a COVID-19 alert system, visitors are now limited to two at a time for each patient in Whanganui Hospital and some appointments have been postponed.

Media advisory #2 Coordinated and community-wide response to COVID-19

WDHB opened its emergency operations centre on Monday 16 March to respond to the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Media advisory 1# Whanganui DHB well-prepared to deal with coronavirus

The outbreak of novel coronavirus COVID-19 presents a rapidly-evolving situation and Whanganui District Health Board has been monitoring this since the virus was first reported in January.

Test results show value of bowel cancer screening

Cancer has been detected in two people in the first four months of Whanganui’s bowel screening programme.

HPV vaccine catch up campaign kicks off

A free school-based vaccination catch-up campaign targeting Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is being launched this week in Whanganui and will be gradually rolled out across the Whanganui, Rangitīkei and Waimarino districts – with a special focus on capturing teenagers who may not be up to date with their HPV vaccination.

$2 million investment brings community dream a step closer

Health minister David Clark’s announcement last week of $2 million for the expansion of the Waimarino Health Centre in Raetihi marks a big step forward for a community concept started in 2018.

$800,000 investment will cut travel for cancer patients

The announcement of a new chemotherapy and infusion unit for Whanganui Hospital will mean no more trips to Palmerston North for some cancer patients.

Dinner with all the trimmings on the menu for hospital patients

Whanganui Hospital will be serving patients a delicious Christmas menu beginning with a traditional Christmas Day dinner at midday.

Hospital staff chip in to help those in need

The kind-hearted folk at Whanganui District Health Board have added a little Christmas cheer for those less fortunate.

Hospital department hours over Christmas period

While Whanganui Hospital is open 24/7 over the Christmas and New Year period, outpatients, patient scheduling and the sexual health drop-in clinic will be closed for some days during the break.


Hospital staff bring festive cheer to maternity & kids' wards

Visitors to Whanganui Hospital’s maternity, childrens’ and critical care unit wards may think they’ve stepped into Santa’s workshop this month.

New board chair offers wide-ranging experience

Ken Whelan, with more than 40 years’ experience in both the New Zealand and Australian health sectors, is the new chair of the Whanganui District Health Board.

Rachel takes top award at nurses graduation

Dedication, compassion and empathy are the hallmarks of Whanganui nurse Rachel Work, and now those qualities have been recognised with an award.

More than 100 DHB staff to hit the road

10 December 2019   More than 100 staff from the Whanganui District Health Board will be striding out in the 3 Bridges Marathon event on Saturday.

No one’s getting grumpy about donation to hospital children’s ward

This year’s festive season will be a little brighter for kids at Whanganui Hospital, thanks to a generous donation by Grumpy Old Men Enterprises.

Remember the party this festive season  

Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is calling on Christmas party hosts to make sure end-of-year functions are remembered for all the right reasons, by providing safe environments for party-goers.

Picnic has a serious safe sleep message

Te Rā Mokopuna (National Safe Sleep day) on Friday, December 6, promises a fun day for whānau. Picnic in the Park at Pākaitore is about encouraging communities and organisations to promote safe sleep practices for our tamariki mokopuna.

Hui about Māori nursing and midwife leadership

A hui will be held at Whanganui Hospital on 6 December to find out more about Ngā Manukura o Ᾱpōpō - Clinical Leadership Programme for Māori nurses and midwives.

Stunning images brighten up hospital walls

Whanganui District Health Board’s photography competition came to a dramatic conclusion last week as plastic covers were pulled away to reveal a series of wonderful images.

Baby Hugo – now and then

It’s the before-and-after photo with a difference, and one little Hugo Gardner may come to treasure in time.

Positive test results show value of cancer screening programme

Five people have returned a positive test after being screened by Whanganui’s new bowel cancer screening programme.

Make a stand this White Ribbon Day

This White Ribbon Day, Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is asking the public to “Challenge the Unspoken Rules” that boys and young men inherit from society.


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