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For all media enquiries please contact the Communications Manager Mark Dawson at or phone 021 246 8126

Free unlimited public WiFi now available at Whanganui Hospital 9 October 2018

Following a short trial early this year, Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is pleased to announce that unlimited free public WiFi is now available at Whanganui Hospital to allow patients and visitors to connect their mobile devices to the internet during their time on the hospital campus.

WDHB introduces new Meals on Wheels menu ideal for all ages 16 October 2018
Whanganui Hospital's Meals on Wheels Service has a new menu with a modern twist which dietitians believe will appeal to people of all ages wanting to have their main meal of the day delivered to them.
Te Awhina clinicians adopt UCOL student's breathing technique tool 2 October 2018
Te Awhina - Whanganui District Health Board's Acute Mental Health and Addictions Inpatient Service nursing staff have adopted a breathing technique used by a second-year UCOL nursing student to help calm a Te Awhina patient who was experiencing extreme anxiety.
Making every week Mental Health Awareness Week in the Whanganui district 2 October 2018
Whanganui District Health Board (DHB) is supporting Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 by encouraging people to do something every week of the year to look after their mental wellbeing.
Live Stronger for Longer 8 October 2018
Whanganui District Health Board director of nursing and falls prevention expert Sandy Blake says she can't impress enough how important it is for older people to remain active.
Whanganui DHB hails easier access to Smokerlyzer testing 20 September 2018
It's now easier for smokers in the Whanganui District to find out just how healthy - or unhealthy - their lungs are, thanks to more pharmacy staff in the region being trained in how to use specialised breath-testing devices.
Community groups team up to protect pre-schoolers' teeth 25 September 2018
Community groups are pulling together during next month's school holidays to run four Spring Whānau Fun Days, in an effort to get pre-schoolers along for oral health checks.
Senior doctors lead WDHB's flu vaccination result 6 September 2018
For the fourth year in a row, senior doctors are leading by example in the Whanganui District Health Board's (WDHB) push for staff to have flu vaccinations.
Ka pū te ruha, ka hao te rangatahi (The old fishing net is replaced with the new fishing net) | Whanganui DHB announces building's new name to mark Māori Language Week 6 September 2018
Whanganui District Health Board is celebrating Māori Language Week with the announcement that its Community Mental Health and Addictions Service building has been renamed Te Kōpae meaning 'the nest'.
WDHB dietitians welcome Malnutrition Awareness Week 18 September 2018
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) dietitians Emma Carran and Micaela Makker are using Malnutrition Awareness Week (24-28 September) to raise awareness about the risk of malnutrition amongst older adults who are admitted to Whanganui Hospital and remind us all how important it is to eat enough and ensure we have access to a nutritious diet.
Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder awareness stall to visit rural centres 28 August 2018
Giving a voice to the voiceless is what's driving Whanganui District Health Board health promotion officer Chester Penaflor to get out and about in the Whanganui region over the next month to raise awareness about the risks of drinking while pregnant.
Breathe Better this September and improve your lung health 3 September 2018
This month is Breathe Better September, which the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is getting behind to raise awareness of respiratory conditions in Aotearoa.
Me kōrero Māori i ngā wā katoa, i ngā wāhi katoa (Making every week Māori language week at Whanganui Hospital) 6 September 2018
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) staff are so eager to learn Te Reo Māori, demand has led to booked-out courses and staff 'lining up' to attend.
Whanganui Girls' College students gift Boredom Buster bags to ED 6 August 2018
Five Whanganui Girls' College students, their principal Tania King and Gabby's Starlit Hope trustee Jessica Devane have gifted 48 Boredom Buster packs for children admitted to, or waiting in, Whanganui District Health Board's Emergency Department (ED).
Whanganui DHB celebrates Newcombe Ward's 80th anniversary 14 August 2018
On Friday 17 August, Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) staff will celebrate the 80th anniversary of Newcombe Ward which was officially opened on 18 August 1938 by Wanganui Hospital board chairman Mr W.E. Broderick.
Whanganui Hospital's Maternity and Children's Wards push 'Water is Best' 23 July 2018
Whanganui Hospital's Maternity and Children's Wards are encouraging patients, family members, visitors and ward staff to choose water as their preferred drink and to support 'Water is Best' - both in the hospital and at home.
WDHB supports FAST Stroke campaign's new message and signs to look for 24 July 2018
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is showing its support for this year's FAST Stroke campaign (launched Sunday 22 July) by doing all it can to promote the campaign's new message: Take action - call 111. For the last two years, FAST has stood for Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call 111, but this year, Time has been replaced with Take action - call 111. It's important to note that any one of the three conditions (Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty) can indicate that a stroke is occurring.
WDHB supports DrinkCheck Month 5 July 2018
Throughout July, Whanganui District Health Board is running a DrinkCheck Month campaign to remind Whanganui residents about appropriate alcohol use and how people can empower themselves to make informed choices for better health.
Whanganui DHB plans for nurses' strike 11 July 2018
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) has confirmed its contingency planning is in place for the 24-hour nurses' strike, from 7am Thursday 12 July, says WDHB Allied Health director Kim Fry.
Do you know the difference between a cold and influenza? 17 July 2018
While Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) recognises that winter illnesses can be very unpleasant, health promotion officer Chester Penaflor says feeling unwell doesn't always require a visit to the doctor.
Whanganui DHB achieves top spot for shortest mental health service wait time 5 June 2018
A three-year effort by Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) to reduce wait times for young people accessing its Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Addiction Services (ICAMHAS) has paid off.
Where should I be? campaign

The 'Where should I be?' campaign is designed to provide members of the public in the Whanganui region with information about when and where to go for health care and advice. It's all about helping people to get the most appropriate health care for the illness or injury they are experiencing at the right place....first time.

Whanganui DHB's plans for nurses' strike action well advanced 28 June 2018
Whanganui District Health Board's (WDHB) contingency planning for a 24-hour nurses' strike, starting 7am on Thursday 5 July, is well advanced says WDHB Allied Health director Kim Fry.
Whanganui DHB marks May 31 World Smokefree Day 29 May 2018
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) tobacco control and mental health health promoter Sarah Hawken will be at the Quit Clinic showing her support for the Whanganui Stop Smoking Service's World Smokefree Day Open Day this Thursday.
WDHB celebrates prison's successful Te Tirohanga drug treatment programme 5 June 2018
The recently introduced Kaupapa Maori Drug Treatment Programme called Te Tirohanga, at Whanganui Prison is a great example of what can be achieved when multiple agencies pull together says Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) Mental Health and Addictions Service nurse manager Katheryn Butters.
Whanganui DHB supports World Hand Hygiene Day 3 May 2018
To mark World Hand Hygiene Day on Saturday 5 May, the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is encouraging the public to think again about how they wash their hands.
Whanganui DHB promotes website, information and services for older people 15 May 2018
Aware that Whanganui has an ever-growing population of older residents, Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is encouraging those residents and their families to tap into the wealth of information and resources available and to not hesitate to ask for help when needed.
Whanganui ED staff receive Teddy Bears gifted by Freemasons 23 May 2018
Thanks to Whanganui Freemasons, children aged two to seven admitted to Whanganui District Health Board's (WDHB) Emergency Department (ED) will receive a Teddy Bear to help relax them during their treatment.
Wanganui Eye & Medical Care Trust donates CT scanner 30 April 2018
The Wanganui Eye and Medical Care Trust had great pleasure this week handing over to the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) a new CT scanner for the Radiology Department and a YAG laser for the Ophthalmology Department, which together are valued at $1 million.
Midwives to celebrate International Day of the Midwife with party 1 May 2018
Whanganui district midwives and lead maternity carers are planning a party to celebrate International Day of the Midwife on Saturday 5 May.
Whanganui DHB supports Pink Shirt Day 1 May 2018
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is encouraging Whanganui residents, including staff and visitors to Whanganui Hospital, to wear pink shirts on Friday 18 May in support of the Mental Health Foundation's Pink Shirt Day.
WDHB appoints two ophthalmologists 18 April 2018
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) has appointed two permanent full-time ophthalmologists - Dr Arvind Gupta who took up his role in mid-March, and Dr Brenda Mulenga who is expected to arrive from the UK within the next two months.
Whanganui DHB's Falls Prevention Team making a difference 24 April 2018
As April Falls Month draws to a close, Whanganui District Health Board's (WDHB) Falls Prevention Team encourages anyone who has fallen or is prone to falling, to ask for advice and support.
Immunisation is a lifelong commitment 24 April 2018
Immunisation Week (30 April - 6 May) is the perfect time for people to pause and think about how important immunisation is for their health, and for that of their whanau. It needs to be a lifelong commitment from 'cradle to the grave' says Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) chief medical officer Frank Rawlinson.
Steady As You Go classes remain a 'hit' with the older population 3 April 2018
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) and Age Concern Wanganui will celebrate April Falls Month with a call for people aged 65-plus to enrol in Steady As You Go classes.
Whanganui DHB asks how safe is your home? 10 April 2018
To mark April Falls Month, Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is urging Whanganui residents to ask themselves how safe their home is, given that many things we look at every day could be potential hazards that lead to a fall.
Protect your family/whanau from flu this winter 27 March 2018
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) and the Immunisation Advisory Centre are advising people to start thinking about flu immunisations which remain the best way to protect family/whanau from influenza or the 'flu' this winter.
WDHB gratefully accepts generous cheque to fund hospital art 28 March 2018
Rotary Club of Wanganui North members have gifted a generous $3000 donation to the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) for the purchase of locally produced art and photography.
WDHB encourages Whanganui residents to think about their end-of-life care 3 April 2018
To mark Advance Care Planning Day on Thursday 5 April, the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is asking Whanganui residents to think about, and talk about, their end-of-life care and what matters to them.
Number of overweight children in Whanganui DHB district has fallen 13 March 2018
The percentage of children identified as obese during their B4 School Check has steadily fallen over the past two years.

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