Media Releases
Please click on the title links below to view media releases in full.For all media enquiries please contact the Communications Manager Mark Dawson at mark.dawson@wdhb.org.nz or phone 021 246 8126
A special day for some special children

Forty-five children, some with significant barriers to overcome, got the chance to mix with their peers and try out a variety of sporting activities at an AccessAbility event at Springvale Stadium on Wednesday, 9 June 2021.

 
Main COVID-19 vaccination centre opens its doors

A large COVID-19 vaccination centre opened in Whanganui city centre on Tuesday 2 June. Named Te Rito, the Whanganui Wellness and Vaccination Centre is in the former Warehouse Stationery store in lower Victoria Avenue.

 
NZNO nurses strike – 9 June 2021

Nurses, midwives and health care assistants working at Whanganui District Health Board, who belong to New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO), are planning to strike from 11am to 7pm on Wednesday, 9 June 2021.

 
Group 3 COVID-19 vaccinations under way

Protection from COVID-19 will get a boost on 2 June with the opening of a large vaccination facility in Whanganui city centre.

 
Whanganui babies benefit from government funding

Neonatal care in Whanganui has been given a boost with the arrival of two new incubators.

 
Corrections support vaccination rollout at prison

As overseas experience has shown, prisons are particularly susceptible to the threat of an outbreak of COVID-19. The unique nature of the Corrections environment makes people who live and work in prisons especially vulnerable to the virus.

 
Extra hands on board for vaccine rollout

The rollout out of the COVID-19 vaccine in the Whanganui region is well under way, with border workers, frontline health staff, rest home, police, fire and prison personnel among those who have had the jab.

 
Springvale Manor fully vaccinated

Springvale Manor, a Whanganui residential and dementia care facility, has had 100 per cent uptake of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine, for both staff and residents.

 
Gift of reading for new babies and whānau

The Rotary Club of Wanganui North recently gifted 400 ‘Rhyming Around The Alphabet’ books and alphabet flashcards sets to the WDHB for the whānau of each baby born in Whanganui, Taihape and Waimarino.

 
Health minister salutes new service for at-risk mothers

A partnership between Whanganui District Health Board and local iwi health services has been launched and aims to help 100 at-risk families each year.

 
Change in CBAC COVID-19 testing hours

26 March 2021 From Monday 29 March the community based assessment centre (CBAC) on the Whanganui Hospital campus, which provides tests for COVID-19, will be open from 8am to 1pm, Monday…

 
Preparations under way for rollout of COVID-19 vaccine

Plans are under way for the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine across the Whanganui, Rangitikei and south Ruapehu districts.

 
Measles vaccine is FREE and available NOW  

While we await vaccine for COVID-19, immunisation is available for measles – a disease which is eight times more contagious than coronavirus.

 
FREE measles vaccines now available from pharmacies

Free MMR vaccinations are now available at Unichem, Central City Pharmacy and Countdown Pharmacy. MMR vaccines are also available through GPs and schools.

 
Measles vaccine pop-up visits River Markets  

A nationwide measles immunisation campaign reached Whanganui’s River Markets on Saturday, as immunisation coordinators and registered nurses joined forces to raise awareness about the measles vaccine.

 
Minister Julie Anne Genter launches $40 million measles campaign

The Government is to invest up to $40 million towards a measles catch-up campaign to immunise 30,000 people aged between 15 and 30 years.

 
Change in CBAC COVID-19 testing hours

From Monday, 1 March, the Whanganui Hospital campus CBAC, which provides tests for COVID-19, will be open from 8am to 2pm, Monday to Friday. 

 
Relay For Life close to hearts of MICAMHAS & Friends

Raising funds for the Cancer Society is a cause close to the hearts of Whanganui District Health Board’s “MICAMHAS & Friends” Relay For Life team.

 
Art exhibition focuses on inclusion and aiding recovery

The Stanford House Mahi Toi exhibition -- launched at the Community Arts Centre on Taupo Quay – features the work of clients of the medium secure forensic unit at Whanganui Hospital.

 
Positive response to DHB’s Masters Games initiative

The positive response to its involvement in the New Zealand Masters Games has delighted Whanganui District Health Board.

 
Workforce Development fund available

Applications are open for the Health Workforce New Zealand Hauora Māori Training Fund and Māori Support Fund.  

 
Whanganui district leaders declare NZ Masters Games a ‘COVID Safety Zone’

Whanganui district leadership has declared the upcoming Downer New Zealand Masters Games, being hosted by the town and district, a “COVID Safety Zone.”

 
Free fitness and wellbeing events as part of Masters Games

WDHB is offering free fitness and recovery sessions and health and wellbeing seminars at the Masters Games Hub, Whanganui War Memorial Centre.

 
DHB excited to be Health Partner for Downer New Zealand Masters Games

Whanganui District Health Board is proud to be the Health Partner for the 2021 Downer New Zealand Masters Games. This is the first year the DHB has partnered with the Games, hailed as an “important move” by WDHB chief executive Russell Simpson.

 
Hospital Christmas Day meal

Whanganui Hospital will be serving patients a delicious Christmas Day menu on December 25, beginning with a traditional meal at midday. 

 
DHB team step up to save Santa’s Christmas

Father Christmas faces a lot of challenges at this very busy time of year… but a positive bowel screening test was the last thing he expected.

 
COVID-19 safety tips and hospital services over Christmas

15 December 2020 Dr Patrick O’Connor, Medical Officer of Health, says more people are likely to be travelling into and out of the Whanganui region and socialising generally over the holiday…

 
Grumps show their mettle and raise a smile

Whanganui’s lauded Grumpy Old Men have again put a smile on the faces of staff at Whanganui Hospital’s children’s ward with a generous donation.

 
Bloomfield acknowledges Sir Arthur’s legacy ahead of visit

New Zealand Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says it is an honour to be invited to Whanganui to give the Porritt Lecture.

 
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.

 

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