Media Releases
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For all media enquiries please contact the communications & media advisor on 021 246 8126.
National Bowel Screening Programme launched in Whanganui 23 October 2019

Improving health outcomes for Māori will be a key focus of the national bowel screening programme which launched in Whanganui on Tuesday 22 October.

Mayor Hamish McDouall has special reason to advocate for test that saves lives 18 October 2019

Whanganui mayor Hamish McDouall remembers his friend from university days in Otago as being “fit and a talented footballer who loved music”.


Agencies join together to address collapse of State Highway 4 16 October 2019

A collaborative framework has been put in place by various agencies dealing with the closure of State Highway 4.

Whanganui initiative sparked by a tragedy is now changing people’s lives 15 October 2019

The benefits of being in good physical shape before having surgery will be the focal point of a public display and inter-action at Whanganui Hospital on October 16.

Mystery donation a boost for hospital art 3 October 2019

A mystery $5000 donation has delighted staff at Whanganui Hospital.

Medical imaging technologists (radiographers) strike – Wednesday 2 October 1 October 2019

Whanganui District Health Board medical imaging technologists (radiographers) will strike for 24 hours beginning 7am on Wednesday 2 October 2019 and ending 7am on Thursday 3 October 2019.

Laboratory testing – feedback wanted 19 September 2019

19 September 2019   We are reviewing how we run our laboratory – and want your feedback.

Age is no barrier to learning te reo 12 September 2019

More than 70 years after learning her first words in English, Ailsa Stewart is learning te reo Māori.

Outstanding efforts in Whanganui health sector celebrated 11 September 2019

The outstanding efforts of those who work in Whanganui’s health and disability sector were recognised in some style at an awards night on Friday.[Sept 6]

Alcohol-free is your baby’s best start 3 September 2019

The month of September is a reminder to pregnant women, their whānau and support network that drinking while hapu contributes to life-long problems for tamariki. Drinking while pregnant also increases the chance of premature birth, or losing your baby through miscarriage or stillbirth.

Together we can protect against cervical cancer 27 August 2019

A woman’s best protection against developing cervical cancer is to have regular cervical screening.

How nattering puts a smile on kids’ faces 22 August 2019

A group of women living at Jane Winstone Retirement Village have used their ‘knit and natter’ sessions to knit dolls for Whanganui Hospital’s children’s ward.


Get your tickets for Health Awards 21 August 2019

Tickets are on sale for Te Tohu Rangatira Whanganui District Health Quality Awards, which will be held on Friday 6 September at the Whanganui Racecourse.

Hospital looks on the bright side with photo competition 13 August 2019

Whanganui Hospital is running a competition to select photographs to brighten up its main corridor.

Taihape Childcare Centre goes water only 8 August 2019

Taihape Childcare Centre (TCC) has gone water only - a move Whanganui District Health Board public health nurse Narisa Sargison says is recognition of the staff and children’s commitment to ridding their centre of sugary drinks.

Whanganui leads way in pre-schoolers’ health checks 6 August 2019

B4 school checks are a vital health and developmental assessment available to all Kiwi four-year-olds.

Free bowel screening in TV spotlight 19 July 2019

Māori Television cameras were at Marton’s Māori health provider Te Kotuku Hauora where staff had organised for Whanganui District Health Board bowel screening project manager Ben McMenamin to give a...

Health board heads to Taihape to get the rural perspective 2 August 2019

A growing commitment to rural health is reflected in Whanganui District Health Board’s decision to take its August board meeting to Taihape.

Hospital’s history among host of heritage events 2 August 2019

With a lineage stretching back 175 years, Whanganui Hospital was a must to be part of Whanganui’s upcoming Heritage Month, and it will host an event on Saturday, August 10.

Get those Health Awards entries in - closing date 26 July 16 July 2019
If you or someone you know works in health and wellbeing in the Whanganui region, please encourage them to enter the Whanganui District Health Quality Awards Te Tohu Rangatira 2019.
Changes at ED & WAM 5 July 2019
From Monday July 8 there will be some changes in the Emergency Department reception area at Whanganui Hospital.
Minister gives Whanganui health initiatives big tick 9 July 2019
Health minister David Clark has given a big tick to a number of health initiatives in Whanganui.
No more gender constraints on lab testing 10 July 2019
Whanganui District Health Board's laboratory testing is no longer sex-specific, removing barriers to access for the transgender community.
'Lightbulb moment' sparks lifestyle change for truckie 1 July 2019
Getting fit for surgery has been a labour of love for David Lamese.
Try Dry July and notice the benefits 2 July 2019
Save money, have more energy and feel healthier - just a few of the reasons to try Dry July this month.
Patient care: Whanganui records lowest ever rate of complaints 6 June 2019
An emphasis on a pro-active approach to complaints by Whanganui District Health Board has resulted in its lowest ever rate of complaints made to the Health & Disability Commissioner.
Keeping yourself healthy as winter bites 8 June 2019
The winter months put extra demand on health services, and the Whanganui District Health Board says the best way to combat this is for people to take care of themselves and keep themselves healthy.
Revamped health awards will celebrate the unsung heroes 14 June 2019
Revived and revamped, the Whanganui District Health Quality Awards are back.
Unveiled: The work of art with an important message 23 May 2019
An impressive artwork has pride of place in Whanganui Hospital's main corridor after an unveiling ceremony on Friday 17 May.
WDHB urges care with alcohol this school ball season 24 May 2019
With school ball season around the corner, Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is urging teens, their parents and the wider community to show responsibility with alcohol at before and after parties.
Protecting the whole community through immunisation 18 April 2019
'Protected together' is the focus for this year's national Immunisation Week, from 29 April to 5 May 2019. This theme is being supported by Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB), Whanganui Regional Health Network and general practices, through the encouragement of high immunisation uptake, to protect everyone in our community.
Whanganui DHB prepared for upcoming RMO strike 18 April 2019
Preparations by Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) for planned strike action are ongoing and well in hand.
Why RMOs are enjoying Whanganui Hospital 22 May 2019
Resident Medical Officers (RMOs) have provided plenty of positive feedback about working here in the latest Hospital Review, just published by the Resident Doctors' Association.
Whanganui DHB encourages flu vaccination 26 March 2019
Keep well this winter - get a flu shot now. That's the message from Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) as summer slips away and cooler autumn weather approaches.
Whanganui DHB staff pay tribute to Christchurch victims 28 March 2019
Staff at Whanganui District Health Board took time out from their busy schedule on Wednesday [March 27] to remember the victims of the Christchurch attack with a memorial service.
Health board careers day offers plenty of opportunities 2 April 2019
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) held its annual careers day at Whanganui Hospital on Friday 29 March, with more than 60 secondary school students getting a look at life in the health sector.
Whanganui DHB prepared for further strike action 8 February 2019
Whanganui District Health Board's (WDHB) preparations for planned strike action is ongoing and well in hand to ensure patients receive a full range of emergency and acute services, plus as many elective services as can be safely provided, when resident medical officers (RMOs) and midwives withdraw their services next week.
Dedicated cyclists visit region to share important 'Smear your Mea' message 8 February 2019
A group cycling from Rotorua to Wellington carrying the message of 'Smear Your Mea' is encouraging as many wāhine as possible to meet them as they pass through the Whanganui and Ruapehu district on 16 and 17 February.
Whanganui DHB prepared for fourth RMO strike 20 February 2019
Whanganui District Health Board's (WDHB) preparations for planned strike action is ongoing and well in hand to ensure patients receive a full range of emergency and acute services, plus as many elective services as can be safely provided, when resident medical officers (RMOs) withdraw their services again next week.
Whanganui DHB planning for second RMO strike well in hand 25 January 2019
Whanganui District Health Board's (WDHB) contingency planning for planned strike action is well in hand and ongoing to ensure patients receive a full range of emergency and acute services, plus as many elective services as can be safely provided, during the 48-hour period that resident medical officers (RMOs) plan to withdraw their services next week.

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