✅ Minister gives Whanganui health initiatives big tick


L-R: Nora, Lincoln & Hauora Nicholls with health minister David Clark. 


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


On a flying visit to Whanganui Hospital on Wednesday 3 July, Dr Clark was given a rundown on some of the community-based strategies being implemented.


The presentations represented the DHB’s mission to become more outward-facing, building partnerships to shift the focus away from the hospital and out to the community.


“It was great to see first-hand the Whanganui District Health Board partnering with a range of local agencies and community groups to improve the health and wellbeing of its people,” said Dr Clark. Read more.



Keeping yourself healthy as winter bites


The best way to combat winter illness is to take care of yourself and keep healthy. Washing hands, safe sneezing, and staying home if you're unwell are important ways we can reduce the spread of winter illnesses.


Your pharmacist is a good source of information, and you can get qualified medical advice 24 hours a day by calling the Healthline on 0800 611 116.


If you feel really unwell contact your GP.


You should only come to the hospital’s Emergency Department if you have a genuine emergency.


And remember that immunisation is vital, and free flu vaccinations are available for pregnant women; those aged 65 and over; children aged 4 and under with serious respiratory illnesses; and for people with severe asthma, heart disease, diabetes and other serious health conditions making them more susceptible to flu.