Keeping yourself healthy as winter bites


Winter has arrived in Whanganui, and the winter months put extra demand on our health services.


The best way to combat this is to take care of yourself, and keep yourself 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.




Whanganui Hospital is proving popular with RMOs


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.


Workloads, training, RMO facilities, catering and dispute resolution all get a big tick, according to the review.


“Workload is generally manageable and RMOs mostly leave on time,” the review says.


“This, in combination with the strong collegial culture amongst RMOs, means RMOs who are available during the day are willing to assist other colleagues with heavy workloads.”


The review also highlights development opportunities for those at the start of their careers.


Read more.


Full report.