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A year of success in the fight against bowel cancer

Whanganui District Health Board has celebrated a successful first year of its bowel screening programme.

Bloomfield to give public lecture in Whanganui

Dr Ashley Bloomfield will be in Whanganui next week as guest speaker for the Porritt Lecture.

Waimarino Health Centre makeover moves ahead

A significant step forward has been taken in the expansion of the Waimarino Health Centre with the appointment of architect and design company Jasmax Central.

Calls for extra vigilance during Mardi Gras weekend

With more than 7000 people expected at Mardi Gras in Ohakune on Saturday, health officials are calling for locals and visitors to be extra vigilant for virus symptoms.

Big turnout as hospital chapel turns 50

It was standing room only on Sunday as the 50th anniversary of Whanganui Hospital’s chapel was celebrated in style.

Bikes get new lease of life at Stanford House

Stanford House and clients/tangata whaiora are learning new skills and supporting the wider community by bringing back to life abandoned and broken bicycles.   

Day of celebration for those who stepped up in the crisis

The sterling work of allied health professionals has been celebrated around the world … with Whanganui staff among those earning accolades.

Collaborative approach to developing Pasifika community hub

Community connections made because of Covid-19 have resulted in a positive outcome for Whanganui Cook Island Christian Church and Rivercity Fijian Assembly of God Church, who have been given Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) funding for a community hall.

Video consultations a positive outcome of COVID pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has changed things in many walks of life, and it has particularly impacted on health services - one significant impact has been the rise of “telehealth”.

Valuable heritage collection submitted to Whanganui Heritage Awards

24 September 2020        Whanganui Hospital’s valuable heritage collection has been submitted in the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Heritage’ category for the Whanganui Heritage Awards.

Celebrating social workers this September

Aotearoa NZ Social Workers’ Day is Wednesday 23 September and Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is celebrating the mahi of local social workers.

Smart and stylish – new uniforms brighten hospital

The smart work being done at Whanganui Hospital may look a little smarter as staff go about their work in new uniforms.

Rocking red shoes for the health of our tamariki

September is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Month and Whanganui District Health Board health promoter Chester Penaflor is painting red shoes on more than 50 rocks to be placed around the city in support of the Red Shoes Rock kaupapa.

Mental health & wellbeing during COVID-19

It's totally normal to feel a bit shaken and on-edge right now. There are a number of free apps and online self-help tools to help you manage your mental wellbeing. Looking after yourself now means you are more likely to stay well down the track.

Whanganui passes target for pre-schooler health checks

This year Whanganui surpassed the government target, completing 783 checks against a target of 780, and of the 20 district health boards in New Zealand, only Nelson Marlborough and South Canterbury did better.

Patience, kindness and vigilance with change in alert levels

Following the change in Covid-19 Alert Levels, local health sector leaders are encouraging people to be vigilant, prepared and calm.

Recovery media release #8 Survey feedback post lockdown – the good and bad  

As we moved out of lockdown, the Covid-19 Integrated Recovery Team (IRT) surveyed people in our region about their experience during Alert Levels 3 and 4 – the good and the bad.  

Change to opening hours for COVID testing centre

The Covid-19 community-based assessment centre in the Whanganui Hospital grounds has changed its weekend opening hours to 9am to 1pm Saturday and Sunday. The centre is open 8am to 4.30pm on weekdays.

‘I’m lucky to be alive’ – cancer survivor has a message for his mates

‘Blue’ Davies is a fit-looking 61-year-old who loves life, plays “a mean game of golf” and still enjoys a good party. But, with a rueful smile, he tells you: “I shouldn’t be here – I’m lucky to be alive.”

Infection control tips available for Air Chathams and others

The team at Air Chathams, which flies between Whanganui and Auckland, were recently given tips on personal protective gear and hygiene to complement their customer service and safety practices.

Immunisation campaign under way to combat viruses

The ‘Are You Up To Date’ campaign covers MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) immunisation for 13 to 29 years olds, and HPV (human papillomavirus) for 13 to 26 years.

July is Pink Ribbon breakfast month

July is the month for Pink Ribbon breakfasts, the Breast Cancer Foundation’s biggest fundraising effort.

Recovery media release #7 Community engagement follows pandemic response

Following the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Integrated Recovery Team is asking the community what projects and actions will help the Whanganui Region into the future.

Reflections on lockdown, resilience and beyond

Olive Redfern and Ron Kinsey – talk about their expertise in resilience, coping mechanisms and change following the response to Covid-19.

Recovery media release #6 Recovery team visits riverside market

Members of Whanganui’s Integrated Recovery Team (IRT) were at the riverside market on Saturday getting feedback from the public on the impacts of COVID-19 and the lessons learned from the response to the virus.

Hospital’s ‘place of peace’ is 50 years old

“A place of peace for people of all faiths”, Whanganui Hospital chapel was 50 years old this month.

Recovery media release #5 Recovery Team at the Markets

The Integrated Recovery team (IRT), a multi-agency team helping Whanganui Regional recover post Covid-19, will be at Whanganui River Markets on Saturday, 20 June.

Central CBAC Change of Hours

The Central Community Based Assessment Centre at Whanganui Hospital remains open and has changed its hours to 8am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. 


Work and Income working for community from home

Ministry of Social Development is working in partnership, through the Integrated Recovery Team, on social and economic recovery for the Whanganui region.


Hospital and health services mostly back to normal with caution under Alert Level 1

Whanganui District Health Board health services are back to business as usual for the most part under Alert Level 1, which began nationwide at 11.59 pm on Monday 8 June.


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