Media Releases

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

Media release #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 release 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.

Lead Dr in Christchurch earthquake gives free public lecture

Doctor Jan Bone, who led the emergency department during the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, will give a free public lecture on Thursday 21 November.

Preventing pressure injuries – meet the team

Whanganui District Health Board is partnering with ACC to help people caring for family at home regarding pressure injuries. 

Tackling mental health with a coffee and a chat

“A positive step moving forward”; “A remarkable opportunity to be heard”; “I felt like people were listening to us” - these were some of the comments after Whanganui’s first Conversation Café.

Minister promotes start of bowel screening in Whanganui

Health Minister David Clark is encouraging Whanganui residents to take up the opportunity for free bowel screening, which can detect cancer early when it’s easier to treat.

Further strikes for medical imaging technologists (radiographers)

Whanganui District Health Board medical imaging technologists (MITs) will strike for 24 hours beginning 7am on Wednesday 30 October and 7am on Friday 1 November 2019 with a full withdrawal of services.

National Bowel Screening Programme launched in Whanganui

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

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

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

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

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

Medical imaging technologists (radiographers) strike – Wednesday 2 October

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

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

Age is no barrier to learning te reo

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

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

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

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

How nattering puts a smile on kids’ faces

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

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

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


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