Media Releases

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For all media enquiries please contact the Communications Manager Mark Dawson at mark.dawson@wdhb.org.nz or phone 021 246 8126

Taihape Childcare Centre goes water only

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

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

 
Free bowel screening in TV spotlight

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

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

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

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

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

Health minister David Clark has given a big tick to a number of health initiatives in Whanganui.

 
No more gender constraints on lab testing

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

Getting fit for surgery has been a labour of love for David Lamese.

 
Try Dry July and notice the benefits

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

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

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

Revived and revamped, the Whanganui District Health Quality Awards are back.

 
Unveiled: The work of art with an important message

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

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

'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

Preparations by Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) for planned strike action are ongoing and well in hand.

 
Why RMOs are enjoying Whanganui Hospital

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

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

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.
 
Aotearoa Bike Challenge: as easy as ABC - WDHB 29 January 2019
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is encouraging people across the Whanganui rohe (region) to embrace next month's Aotearoa Bike Challenge as a fun way to give cycling a go.
 
Health warning issued for Lake Wiritoa 17 December 2018

Tests carried out by Horizons Regional Council have shown very high levels of potentially toxic blue-green algae at Lake Wiritoa near Whanganui.

 
Whanganui and Palmerston North Hospitals announce their Christmas Day menu 17 December 2018
Whanganui and Palmerston North Hospitals will be serving their patients a delicious Christmas menu beginning with a traditional Christmas Day dinner at midday.
 
Whanganui DHB planning well in hand for RMO strike 11 January 2019
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) confirmed today its contingency planning is 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, during next week's Resident Medical Officer (RMO) strike from 7am Tuesday 15 January to 7am Thursday 17 January.
 
Whanganui DHB calls for responsible drinking this festive season 26 November 2018
With the summer festive season around the corner, Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is encouraging people to drink alcohol responsibly.
 
Whanganui DHB embraces Te Ra Mokopuna - Safe Sleep Day 3 December 2018
'Make every sleep a safe sleep' - that's the message Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is urging families of young children to take on board to avoid the risks associated with Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI).
 
Whanganui DHB well prepared for midwives strike 20 November 2018
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) confirmed today that midwives will go on strike for two hours, twice a day beginning 22 November - a pattern likely to be repeated for two weeks.
 
Great mix of summer messages at Marton's Holiday Safety Day 20 November 2018
Water safety, responsible drinking and keeping safe in the sun are some of many summer safety messages being promoted at Marton's Holiday Safety Day early next month.
 
Whanganui DHB and Sport Whanganui launch Fit For Surgery, Fit for Life programme 13 November 2018
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) and Sport Whanganui have launched a ground-breaking Fit for Surgery, Fit for Life programme to help patients lose weight and improve their fitness levels before elective surgery.
 
Whanganui scoops top spot for flu vaccinations for those over 65 13 November 2018
Sixty-nine percent of Whanganui district residents over the age of 65 were immunised against influenza during this year's flu campaign, making Whanganui the most successful district in capturing those over 65.
 
Local artist to take on White Ribbon residency at Whanganui Hospital 13 November 2018
A live art display at Whanganui Hospital later this month will be the centrepiece of Whanganui DHB's effort to support this year's White Ribbon campaign.
 
WDHB asks - are you up to date with your immunisations? 24 October 2018
Immunising ourselves against serious diseases such as measles, whooping cough and most cancers caused by HPV is vital for our long-term health says Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) which is getting behind a campaign urging us all to think about whether or not our immunisations are up to date.
 
Why Patient Safety Week is so important 30 October 2018
The theme for this year's Patient Safety Week from 4-10 November 2018 is infection prevention and control with a focus on good hand hygiene - the simplest, most effective way to prevent healthcare-associated infections says Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) infection prevention clinical nurse specialist Jacqueline Pennefather.
 
Porritt Lecture 2018 1 November 2018
This year the keynote speaker for the Whanganui DHB's annual Porritt Lecture Series is Simon Denny who will be speaking on Adolescent Brain Development + Risk Factors.
 

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