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WDHB update on this week’s RMO strike

17 October 2016
As the junior doctors’ strike approaches, Whanganui District Health Board chief executive Julie Patterson is asking the public to please remember that Whanganui Hospital’s Emergency Department is for emergencies only.

“Because anyone presenting with a non-urgent illness or injury may face long delays, it’s better to go to your family doctor when symptoms first appear rather than becoming seriously ill and needing emergency services," Mrs Patterson says.

Meanwhile, the WDHB has confirmed that during the two-day strike from 7am tomorrow (18 October) to 7am Thursday (20 October) a full range of emergency and acute services, plus as many elective services as can safely be provided, will be available.

“I can assure the Whanganui community that the DHB’s contingency planning has gone well and that our staff are pulling together to minimise the level of disruption felt by patients and the public,” Mrs Patterson says. “We really appreciate our senior doctors' assistance and will be doing all we can to support them.
“Unfortunately, we are having to reschedule some elective surgery and outpatients clinics booked for those two days. We have informed those patients affected.

 “I want to stress that all decisions regarding rescheduling of appointments and surgery have been made with patient safety foremost in our minds, and that patient safety will continue to be a top priority for us during the strike period.”

Any residents who have concerns regarding service provision leading up to, and during the strike, are welcome to  contact the hospital operator on 06 348 1234.

Health Workforce New Zealand funded studies

Registered nurses
Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) funding assists registered nurses undertaking postgraduate (Level 8) Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) & New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) approved papers towards a formal postgraduate qualification.

Registered nurses working in clinical practice in the Whanganui region (primary health organisations, Whanganui District Health Board, non-government organisations and aged care sector) are invited to apply for HWNZ funding for 2017.

Applications open 15 August and close Friday 28 October 2016 at 1630hrs.

For further information and application forms visit Health Professional Learning & Development page 

Or contact Margare
t Gosnell, HWNZ coordinator on DDl (06) 348 3164 or email: margaret.gosnell@wdhb.org.nz.
Tertiary Education Websites:  
Hauora Maori fund
The Hauora Maori fund assists individuals who deliver and provide health and disability services to Maori as part of the non-regulated workforce, to access formal education opportunities to develop formal competencies in their current roles, and develop their potential to move into other health sector roles.
To be eligible for this funding you must: be a current employee in a health and disability service funded by Whanganui DHB or Ministry of Health, have Maori whakapapa, enrol in an eligible training programme that focus on supporting Maori health. Funded programme(s) must be NZQA approved Levels 3 – 7.
Applications open from 15 August and close 4.30pm Friday 28 October 2016 at 1630hrs.

For further information and application forms please contact 
Margaret Gosnell, HWNZ coordinator on DDl (06) 348 3164 or email: margaret.gosnell@wdhb.org.nz.