Media Releases
Click on the title links below to view the full media release.

For all media enquiries please contact the communications & media advisor on 021 246 8126.
Whanganui's community midwives welcome warm donated babies' quilts 24 JULY 17
Whanganui community midwives are busy distributing 18 beautifully made, babies' quilts gifted to expectant mothers by Cotton On Quilters' Whanganui group.
WDHB begins recruitment process to appoint new chief executive 22 JUNE 17
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) has engaged Wellington-based recruitment company JacksonStone to lead its effort to appoint a new chief executive.
WDHB announces Ophthalmology Service delays 16 JUNE 17
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) announced today that regrettably, WDHB Ophthalmology patients will have their appointments delayed or rescheduled due to staffing shortages in the foreseeable future.
WDHB launches Blueday to highlight men's cancer 13 JUNE 17
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) staff are being urged to wear blue on Tuesday 20 June to show their support for Whanganui's inaugural Blueday dedicated to raising awareness about men's cancer.
Young people urged to drink sensibly 09 JUNE 17
Aware that this year's ball season is fast approaching, Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is urging Whanganui's secondary school students to be careful when drinking alcohol.
WDHB addresses suicide prevention 07 JUNE 17
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) has chosen Men's Health Month to put suicide prevention under the spotlight by encouraging men who feel down, to talk to their family, friends and professionals.
World Smokefree Day the perfect opportunity to quit 25 MAY 17
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is challenging smokers to celebrate World Smokefree Day on 31 May by quitting - and quitting for good.
WDHB celebrates Youth Week 2017 24 MAY 17
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is celebrating this year's Youth Week (26 May to 4 June) by sharing a selection of questions to, and answers from, young people happy to share their views on the things that matter most to them.
WDHB's VIP shirts well received 12 MAY 17
Whanganui District Health Board's (WDHB) decision to allow staff to wear shirts featuring a strong anti-family violence message, is paying off, says WDHB family violence coordinator Tracey Cossey.
WDHB hosts surgical simulation training day 11 MAY 17
Whanganui Hospital theatre staff have been performing simulated, real-time operations as part of their first Multidisciplinary Operating Room Simulation (MORSim) training day with a team of Auckland-based MORSim instructors.
WDHB celebrates rise in baby hip checks 10 MAY 17
Changes made to the way Whanganui's newborn babies have their hips checked has seen the number of babies screened by the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) almost double from 49 percent to 94 percent in the space of six months.
Whanganui Hospital surgical team re-introduces ERCP procedure 01 MAY 17
Following a 10-year hiatus, Whanganui Hospital's surgical team is once again performing the Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography (ERCP) procedure for patients with blocked bile ducts.
WDHB chief executive Julie Patterson announces resignation 01 MAY 17
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) chief executive Julie Patterson has announced she will step down from her role in late October this year.
WDHB nursing staff present Care with Dignity workshops nationwide 26 APRIL 17
Following an invitation from the Health Safety & Quality Commission as part of its April Falls seminar, clinicians from throughout New Zealand have been introduced to the model of care developed by Whanganui DHB to improve care for patients with cognitive impairment and how this model can help prevent them from falling and suffering harm.
WDHB issues wheelchair amnesty 26 APRIL 17
If you have a wheelchair owned by the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) which was not officially loaned to you, can you please return it to Whanganui Hospital.
Community events praised for promoting the healthy choice 19 APRIL 17
Healthy Families Whanganui Rangitīkei Ruapehu (HFWRR) and the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) are celebrating the fact a number of school and community events across the region have chosen to become water only.
WDHB and Jigsaw join forces to offer therapeutic horse riding 12 APRIL 17
A new programme designed to encourage Whanganui children to ride horses for their emotional well-being is having a significant impact on participants and the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) and Jigsaw Whanganui staff responsible for running it.
WDHB encourages Whanganui residents to have flu vaccination 11 APRIL 17
Keep well this winter - get a flu shot now, is the catch cry from the national Immunization Advisory Centre and the Whanganui DHB where currently, doctors are the professional group with the highest number of staff vaccinated against the flu.
WDHB to launch two new mental health programmes for parents 07 APRIL 17
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is launching two new programmes designed to support clinicians working with parents or caregivers who experience mental illness.
WDHB gets behind April Falls Month 04 APRIL 17
April marks the start of the annual April Falls campaign, which the Health Quality & Safety Commission (HQSC), district health boards and other of health service providers promote for the good of everybody.
Conversations that Count 31 MARCH 17
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) will mark 'Conversations that Count Day' on 5 April with a morning tea at the Whanganui Regional Health Network (WRHN) for Advanced Care Plan (ACP) practitioners.
WDHB clarifies misunderstanding about ED and WAM charges 30 MARCH 17
Following on from Wednesday's Chronicle story titled Cost to see doctor gives patient shock, Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) says it's important for Whanganui residents to understand that people do not have to pay for treatment received at Whanganui Hospital's Emergency Department.
SUPP Whanganui rocks lie waiting to be found 27 FEBRUARY 17
Our local SUPP Service have put their artistic flair to the test and jumped on the Whanganui Rocks craze by painting and hiding their own.
Well Child Week to put spotlight on Safe Sleep 23 FEBRUARY 17
Make every sleep a safe sleep is the theme for Whanganui's 2017 Well Child Health Week promotion from 27 February to 3 March.
WDHB issues reminder to out-of-region patients 10 FEBRUARY 17
The 2017 New Zealand Masters Games currently taking place in Whanganui has prompted Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) to remind participants to give their home address rather than their hosts' address if, and when, they find themselves needing to use local health services.
WDHB encourages staff to support Aotearoa Bike Wise month 03 FEBRUARY 17
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is hoping many of its staff members will be out in force supporting Aotearoa Bike Wise month over February.
Whanganui residents invited to attend Kidney Health Day 31 JANUARY 17
The Whanganui Regional Health Network (WRHN) is calling for registrations from people interested in attending Kidney Health Day on 7 February.
WDHB services continue throughout RMO strike 19 JANUARY 17
With the exception of planned-for disruptions to elective surgery and Outpatient appointments, Whanganui Hospital continues to operate as usual during the residents doctor's strike taking place from 7am 17 January to 8am 20 January 2017.
WDHB prepared for second RMO strike 11 JANUARY 17
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) confirmed today its contingency planning is well underway to ensure patients receive a full range of emergency and acute services, plus as many elective services as can safely be provided, during next week's residents doctor's strike from 7am 17 January to 8am 20 January 2017.
DHBs announce their Christmas Day menu. 16 DECEMBER 16
Whanganui and Palmerston North Hospitals will be serving their patients a delicious Christmas menu which begins on Christmas Eve with meal trays featuring a Christmas theme and treats.
WDHB urges restraint over Christmas 08 DECEMBER 16
Show your support and back your mates who are trying to ease up on their drinking over the festive season. That's the message the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) wants people to take on board as they celebrate this year's Christmas/New Year period.
WDHB advises people to look after their mental health over Christmas 08 DECEMBER 16
While Christmas can be a little stressful for some, it can be harder for those with mental ill-health says WDHB associate director of nursing (Mental Health Service) Jeff Hammond who this week, issued five tips to help people maintain good mental health over Christmas.
Whanganui rest homes and hospital services seek opportunities for improvement 05 DECEMBER 16
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) has announced this year's week-long Nurse Care Sensitive Indicator Survey begins today, Monday 5 December with 11 of Whanganui and Marton's 13 aged care facilities and a range of Whanganui Hospital services seeking opportunities for improvement.
WDHB announces Minister's board appointments 02 DECEMBER 16
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman announced yesterday he had appointed Dot McKinnon to chair both the Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Boards for the next three years and Stuart Hylton as Whanganui DHB's deputy chair.
WDHB issues plea for parents of babies to practice Safe Sleep 29 NOVEMBER 16
As New Zealand prepares to mark the country's fourth annual Safe Sleep Day (Friday 2 December), the Whanganui District Health Board ((WDHB) is urging parents to put their babies to sleep in their own bed.
WDHB's male staff members to honour White Ribbon Day 21 NOVEMBER 16
Eleven male Whanganui DHB staff members will honour White Ribbon Day by offering white ribbons to visitors passing through Whanganui Hospital's Main Entrance on Thursday 24 November.
Adverse Event Summaries 2015-2016 10 NOVEMBER 16
The following 17 stories are a summary of the individual adverse patient events that occurred while in our care, the findings from the analysis of the events, and the changes that have been made with the aim of preventing the event happening to another patient.
WDHB and Healthy Families Whanganui to host Nga Taonga Takaro Wananga 08 NOVEMBER 16
Next month will see Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) and Healthy Families Whanganui Rangitikei Ruapehu jointly hosting Nga Taonga Takaro Wananga (traditional Maori games) for teachers, whanau and health professionals interested in lifting their knowledge about the games and the benefits that participants derive from them.
Pink Caravan to visit Whanganui next week 07 NOVEMBER 16
The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation's Pink Caravan is coming to Whanganui next week to educate women (and men) about breast cancer and how to recognise the signs and symptoms.
High profile obesity expert to give this year's Porritt Lecture 01 NOVEMBER 16
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is delighted to have secured high profile obesity expert Dr Robyn Toomath as keynote speaker for the board's annual Porritt Lecture on 17 November.
WDHB to highlight five different services over Patient Safety Week 25 OCTOBER 16
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) staff will mark this year's Patient Safety Week (October 31 to November 4) with displays in Whanganui Hospital's Main Entrance and Community Mental Health building.
WDHB update on this week's RMO strike 17 OCTOBER 16
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.
WDHB's contingency planning for RMO strike well underway 12 OCTOBER 16
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) confirmed today its contingency planning is well underway to ensure patients receive a full range of emergency and acute services, plus as many elective services as can safely be provided, during the resident doctors' strike from 7am October 18 to 7am October 20.
WDHB gets behind Mental Health Awareness Week 07 OCTOBER 16
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) staff plan to be out in force supporting Monday's 5km Round-the- Bridges Walk to kick off Mental Health Awareness Week in Whanganui.
Breast Awareness Month takes on added significance for WDHB 04 OCTOBER 16
While New Zealand marks Breast Awareness Month throughout October, Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is quietly celebrating its position as the first central region DHB to have achieved the national breast screening target for Māori women.
Stoptober - a great time to quit smoking 28 SEPTEMBER 16
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) encourages smokers to view the Stoptober online campaign as the ideal opportunity to begin their smokefree journey and to access the new regional stop smoking service to help them quit for good.
WDHB and Sport Whanganui celebrate success with Green Prescription 14 SEPTEMBER 16
Whanganui district residents are gaining significant benefit from increased physical activity provided by Sport Whanganui's Green Prescription (GRx) programme.
Rotary fundraiser to buy therapy dog for Medical Ward 14 SEPTEMBER 16
The Whanganui Daybreak Rotary Club is hosting a fundraising rugby event to help them purchase a large therapy dog for Whanganui Hospital's Medical Ward.
WDHB celebrates Upokongaro School becoming 'water only' 02 SEPTEMBER 16
Upokongaro School and Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) have a lot to celebrate. Besides becoming an official 'water only' school, Upokongaro School has become the first Whanganui school able to claim 'water only' status.
WDHB puts the spotlight on Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder 29 AUGUST 16
Whanganui residents are being asked to think about the up to 3000 children born in New Zealand each year with life-long disabilities resulting from their mothers' decision to drink alcohol during pregnancy.
WDHB just misses four of its six national health targets 24 AUGUST 16
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) was tantalisingly close to meeting all six of the Government's national health targets for April-June 2016 despite the fact four have eluded them.
WDHB offers wheelchair amnesty 09 AUGUST 16
If you have a wheelchair owned by the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) which was not officially loaned to you, can you please return it to Whanganui Hospital - no questions asked.
Breastfeeding mothers to gather for Friday's Big Latch-on 04 AUGUST 16
Breastfeeding mothers throughout the Whanganui district are invited to meet up at the Davis Central Library this Friday 5 August to celebrate the Big Latch-on - a key event for this year's national Breastfeeding Week from 1 to 7 August.
WDHB issues warning about the dangers of methamphetamine 03 AUGUST 16
Concerned by the notable increase (around 25 percent) in the number of Whanganui district residents diagnosed with amphetamine-related disorders, Whanganui District Health Board health promotion officer Chester Penaflor is warning the community about how dangerous methamphetamine use can be.
Whanganui's Walking in Another's Shoes dementia programme goes from strength-to-strength 22 JULY 16
Two-and-a-half years after Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) launched its Walking in Another's Shoes dementia programme with close to 50 caregivers and diversional therapists, and seven registered nurses having completed the course.
WDHB goes live with new clinical portal system 20 JULY 16
The regional Clinical Portal system launched at Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) last month has been well received with positive response from the staff using the system.
WDHB addresses suicide 30 JUNE 16
Following international suicide expert Dr Annette Beautrais' recent visit to Rangitikei, the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is putting suicide under the spotlight.
WDHB welcomes publication of bowel cancer data 30 JUNE 16
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) has welcomed the publication of data released today by the Health Quality & Safety Commission which describes treatment patterns and disease outcomes for Whanganui patients with bowel cancer.
Response to RadioNZ story regarding Anders Mikkelson post-op care 23 JUNE 16
On 23 June, RadioNZ published a story regarding the post-operative care of Anders Mikkelsen. The article made a number of incorrect claims and did not consider both sides of this story. Here we provide our statement issued to RadioNZ, the RadioNZ story with our response to these claims included, and a timeline of events.
Pharmac proposes changes to HPV immunisation schedule 22 JUNE 16
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is watching closely to see if public submissions support Pharmac's proposed changes to its human papillomavirus (HPV) immunisation schedule from 1 January 2017.
WDHB puts out call for historically significant photos and memorabilia 15 JUNE 16
Do you have any historically significant photographs or memorabilia relating to Whanganui Hospital or the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB)?
WDHB issues measles warning 01 JUNE 16
New Zealand's current measles outbreak has prompted a warning to Whanganui parents and caregivers to make sure their children are immunised against the disease.
WDHB meets four of six national health targets 24 MAY 16
Despite the fact the national Increased immunisation and Faster cancer treatment health targets continue to elude the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB), staff are pleased the WDHB reached its other quarter three health targets.
WDHB highlights World Smokefree Day as perfect time to quit 23 MAY 16
'It's about whanau' is the message for this year's World Smokefree Day - the perfect time for smokers to consider how smoking may be impacting on their health and the health of those around them, says Whanganui DHB tobacco control health promoter Sarah Hawken.
WDHB gets behind Pink Shirt Day 17 MAY 16
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is encouraging its staff to wear pink shirts to work on Friday 20 May to show their support for the annual Pink Shirt Day event aimed at putting a stop to bullying.
Introducing our new Consumer Representative Group - Te Pukaea 10 MAY 16
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) has appointed five newly-appointed consumer representatives to provide advice on the WDHB's Patient Safety and Quality Strategy and the care provided to patients and their family members.
WDHB appeals to young people to drink sensibly 09 MAY 16
With this year's ball season fast approaching, the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is appealing to young people to be careful when drinking alcohol - that doing so can cause short, and in some circumstances, long-term harm.
Whanganui Regional Museum to host May 12 International Nurses Day event 28 APRIL 16
Whanganui DHB region nurses, past and present, are invited to attend this year's 12 May International Nurses Day event at the Whanganui Regional Museum.
Midwives to celebrate International Midwives Day with bridge walk 27 APRIL 16
Whanganui midwives will celebrate International Midwives Day on Thursday 5 May with a 5km walk along the river bank and over the Dublin Street and Whanganui City bridges.
Immunisation Week a good time to make sure your family is immunised 27 APRIL 16
'Protecting baby begins at pregnancy' is the theme for this year's national Immunisation Week from 2 May to 9 May.
Members of Parliament visit WDHB 22 APRIL 16
Four Labour Party MPs spent Wednesday morning meeting with Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) staff to discuss mental health and addiction issues and for two of them, visit inpatient unit Te Awhina.
Children's Ward gifted toys in memory of Gabby Devine 21 APRIL 16
The Whanganui Hospital Children's Ward has received two large boxes of toys from Starlit Hope charity trustee Jessica Devane who made the gift this week in memory of her cousin 13-year-old New Plymouth school girl Gabby Devine.
WDHB to promote Advance Care Plans on 'Conversations that Count Day' 11 APRIL 16
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) will mark 'Conversations that Count Day' on 16 April with an on-air discussion between The Hits radio host Darryl Mallet and Whanganui Advance Care Plan (ACP) leads Dr Alan Mangan and Rebecca Casey. The three will discuss the theme for this year's campaign; 'Get them talking'.
Babies born Saturday 9 April to receive Hurricanes outfit 06 APRIL 16
To celebrate their 21st birthday, the Hurricanes are giving every baby born in the club's catchment area on Saturday April 9 an official Hurricanes Super Rugby team onesie, complete with a beanie to keep them warm on match day.
WDHB highlights Stroke Awareness Week 01 APRIL 16
On Saturday 2 January Matt Burke underwent a significant and frightening event. The 48-year-old Marton resident began to feel unwell. Unsure what the problem was he settled down to watch the cricket but had difficulty lifting and holding onto his drink. When the cricket was rained off he took himself to bed hoping that a good sleep might help.
WDHB's Care with Dignity programme impresses health minister 24 MARCH 16
Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr Jonathan Coleman and local MP Chester Borrows are impressed with Whanganui Hospital's Care with Dignity programme. During their visit to the hospital last week, they were told the programme has had a positive impact on Medical Ward patients since its inception in 2014.
'Eyes on Falls' this year's April Falls theme 22 MARCH 16
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) staff will be hard at work promoting 'Eyes on Falls' during next month's 2106 April Falls campaign.
Whanganui Regional Health Network raises awareness of shingles 22 MARCH 16
The Whanganui Regional Health Network (WRHN) is advising anyone who suspects they might have shingles to contact their doctor and have their rash checked as soon as possible.
Health minister drops in on 'future' health workers 21 MARCH 16
The close to 100 Whanganui secondary school students who attended the Health Careers Day at Whanganui Hospital last week were surprised and pleased when Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr Jonathan Coleman and local MP Chester Borrows dropped in unexpectedly.
Whanganui Tobacco Advisory Group's work underway 17 MARCH 16
Whanganui has established a local Tobacco Control Advisory Group to provide leadership and strategic guidance for tobacco control and smoking cessation across the region. The group will also monitor progress against Whanganui District Health Board's (WDHB) Tobacco Control Plan.
WDHB passes six resolutions on Regional Women's Health Service 11 MARCH 16
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) passed six resolutions today signalling its strong desire for the Whanganui and MidCentral DHBs to move forward collaboratively following the recent release of the Regional Women's Health Service report.
WDHB chief executive welcomes report on Regional Women's Health Service review 03 MARCH 16
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) chief executive Julie Patterson has welcomed the report, released today by Whanganui and MidCentral DHBs, on a recent review of the Regional Women's Health Service.
WDHB's health target results show improvements 23 FEBRUARY 16
Whanganui residents will be pleased to learn that Whanganui Hospital's Emergency Department has achieved the 95 percent Shorter Stays in Emergency Departments health target with a 96 percent result for the October to December quarter last year.
Scholarship student explores response to WDHB cancer information booklets 23 FEBRUARY 16
Personalised information booklets published for patients with colorectal, melanoma and breast cancers have been welcomed by those receiving them, says fifth-year medical student Hoani MacFater.
Age Concern Wanganui calls for volunteer visitors 15 FEBRUARY 16
Age Concern Wanganui is calling for more home visit volunteers to help them reach out to elderly people feeling lonely or at worst, disconnected from the community they live in.
'Steady As You Go' fitness programme a winner with Whanganui's elderly 15 FEBRUARY 16
Age Concern Wanganui is delighted with the level of interest older people are showing in the new Steady As You Go fitness programme.
Parents and daughters invited to attend HPV vaccination sessions 02 FEBRUARY 16
Parents and Year 8 Girls will be invited to attend human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination information sessions which schools will host during the first few weeks of Term 1.
Mobile surgical bus to visit Whanganui 29 JANUARY 16
Whanganui is to host the mobile surgical bus to help the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) provide more timely care for Whanganui residents requiring dental surgery.
Youth agencies join forces to offer summer programme 22 DECEMBER 15
This summer will see Whanganui youth group SUPP joining forces with a variety of agencies keen to provide entertainment for young people aged 12 to 19 years of age who they support throughout the year.
DHBs announce their Christmas Day menu 17 DECEMBER 15
Whanganui and Palmerston North Hospitals will be serving their patients a delicious Christmas menu which begins on Christmas Eve with meal trays featuring a Christmas theme and treats.
WDHB acknowledges Whanganui's responsible attitude to alcohol supply 16 DECEMBER 15
Two alcohol purchase operations recently conducted with under 18-year-old volunteers have shown that Whanganui premises are acting very responsibly in complying with the laws around the sale of alcohol.
Chickenpox cases prompt plea for parents to immunise their children 14 DECEMBER 15
Seeing three children admitted to Whanganui Hospital's Children's Ward over the weekend with chicken pox has prompted paediatrician Giles Bates to urge parents to have their children immunised against the disease, if at all possible.
WDHB chair welcomes newly appointed board member 03 DECEMBER 15
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) chair Dot McKinnon announced today that Minister of Health Jonathan Coleman has appointed well know health advocate Barbara Ball to the WDHB board.
WDHB urges caution during the Christmas party season 03 DECEMBER 15
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is urging Christmas party hosts to consider the safety and wellbeing of their guests and themselves while celebrating in the lead-up to Christmas.
WDHB gets behind Friday 4 December Safe Sleep Day 30 NOVEMBER 15
Seventeen of the 22 babies living in the Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Board (DHB) area who died of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) between 2008-2012 were Maori - nine of them Whanganui DHB district babies and 13, babies living in the MidCentral DHB district.
WDHB acknowledges mixed results for 2015/16 Quarter One national health targets 24 NOVEMBER 15
Following a busy winter, it's to the credit of Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) staff that they met the Ministry of Health's 95 percent target for Shorter Stays in Emergency Departments, says WDHB chief executive Julie Patterson.
WDHB male staff members to show support for White Ribbon Day 19 NOVEMBER 15
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) male staff members have committed to take time out from their jobs on Tuesday 24 November to help publicise this year's White Ribbon Day. Besides greeting staff and visitors in Whanganui Hospital's front entrance, the men will hand out white ribbons, brochures and contact details for agencies available to help victims and perpetrators of family violence.
Minister Anne Tolley to launch Whanganui Children's Team 11 NOVEMBER 15
Minister for Social Development Anne Tolley will officially launch the Whanganui Children's Team between 2pm and 3pm, on Friday 13 November, at Whanganui's Tawhero School.
WDHB's head dietitian welcomes Childhood Obesity Strategy 09 NOVEMBER 15
Spotless dietetic service manager for Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Boards Felicity Spencer has welcomed the Childhood Obesity Plan released by the Government to address New Zealand's growing number of obese children.
WDHB board members get behind 'Switch to Water' campaign 02 NOVEMBER 15
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) members are putting 'all their weight' behind the New Zealand Dental Association's 'Switch to Water' campaign.
Whanganui Hospital celebrates Patient Safety Week 27 OCTOBER 15
"Let's talk" with a focus on communication between health professionals, patients and families is the theme for this year's Patient Safety Week led by the Health Quality & Safety Commission.
WDHB invites health professionals and whanau to 'Protecting our Mokopuna' seminar 23 OCTOBER 15
Health professionals and whanau with an interest in child health and wellbeing are invited to attend a thought-provoking 'Protecting our Mokopuna' seminar on 26 November.
Dr Kevin Jones to put on second one-man show 22 OCTOBER 15
Due to demand, Whanganui Hospital doctor Kevin Jones has agreed to perform his 'One Man Show' a second time before he and his wife return to the UK on 6 December.
WDHB launches 'Fit for Surgery' strategy 12 OCTOBER 15
Whanganui Hospital's head anaesthetist Marco Meijer wants to encourage every adult living in the Whanganui district to make sure they are fit for surgery if, and when, they need an operation.
WDHB's re-established clinical board introduces new consumer reps 05 OCTOBER 15
The Whanganui District Health Board's (WDHB) recently re-established Clinical Governance Board has two new consumer representatives - well known Whanganui Women's Network manager Carla Donson and former midwife and retired professor with the Ministry of Health in Oman, Dr Gill White.
WDHB marks Mental Health Awareness Week with suicide advice 01 OCTOBER 15
If someone has thoughts or feelings about suicide, it's important to take them seriously, says Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) associate director of nursing for mental health services Jeff Hammond.
Parents urged to call 0800 Talkteeth to book school dental appointments 29 SEPTEMBER 15
The head of Whanganui District Health Board's (WDHB) school dental service is concerned that online misinformation about how parents can, or can't, book dental appointments could see children missing out on much needed dental care.
Cartoons present young people's view of WDHB mental health providers and services 21 SEPTEMBER 15
Colourful cartoons designed by UCOL student William Tongue are helping WDHB mental health staff better understand how young people view them and their mental health, and alcohol and other drugs services.
WDHB opens new operations centre 17 SEPTEMBER 15
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) has opened a new integrated operations centre for its duty nurse managers, TrendCare coordinators and Care Capacity Demand Management (CCDM) programme coordinator Dianne Kerr.
WDHB's new 'meet and greet' service a hit with patients and visitors 16 SEPTEMBER 15
During the past four weeks, patients and visitors passing through Whanganui Hospital's Main Entrance have been surprised and delighted to have volunteers stepping forward to greet them and ask if they need help finding their way around the hospital.
Whanganui DHB offers wheelchair amnesty 07 SEPTEMBER 15
If you have a wheelchair owned by the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) and not officially loaned to you, can you please return it to Whanganui Hospital - no questions asked.
WDHB GP highlights the dangers of drinking while pregnant 07 SEPTEMBER 15
Wednesday (9 September) marks Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day - a day Whanganui GP, and alcohol and health champion John McMenamin wants the Whanganui community to stop and think about.
ED nurses committed to reducing family violence 26 AUGUST 15
Whanganui Hospital Emergency Department (ED) nurses are aiming to contribute to reducing family violence through the introduction of a poster to encourage patients to ask for help while in the care of health professionals.
WDHB pleased with continuing improvement in latest target results 25 AUGUST 15
Today's release of the 2014/15 Quarter Four national health target results reveal Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) achieved four of the six targets for the April to June 2015 period, but it's the fact that results are continuing to improve on the two other targets that delights WDHB chief executive Julie Patterson the most.
Rapid Response Team begins weekend work in ED 07 AUGUST 15
The Whanganui District Health Board's (WDHB) Rapid Response Team has extended its work hours to help Whanganui Hospital's Emergency Department patients avoid unnecessary hospitalisations in weekends.
Every Whanganui GP practice now signed up for free under 13s doctors' visits 07 AUGUST 15
Every GP practice in the Whanganui district has now committed to providing free doctors' visits for under 13-year-old patients attending a standard daytime visit to a GP or practice nurse.
June floods have little or no impact on Whanganui's immunisation programme 04 AUGUST 15
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) has had no reports of immunisations being missed as a direct result of the June floods.
WDHB's family-centred care model applauded 29 JULY 15
Whanganui District Health Board's (WDHB) family-centred care model has been applauded by board members who attended last week's Central Region combined boards' symposium in the Wairarapa.
Whanganui and MidCentral DHBs' health needs assessment released 27 JULY 15
A recently released health needs assessment report confirms that the population living across the combined Whanganui/MidCentral District Health Board (DHB) region requires higher levels of healthcare than populations in most parts of New Zealand.
Pilot polypharmacy approach proves successful 14 JULY 15
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) and Whanganui Regional Health Network (WRHN) are delighted with the benefits Whanganui patients are receiving from the Central Region's Too many medicines? service pilot.
Two weeks left to get your flu vaccination 13 JULY 15
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) reminds those not vaccinated against the flu that they have until July 30 to do so, and given that it takes two weeks to develop immunity, the sooner the better.
WDHB introduces new healthy food options 13 JULY 15
Whanganui Hospital's Espresso Plus and The Top Cafe are introducing further healthy food options to its daily menu for staff and visitors.
Whanganui DHB board members acknowledge flood response 30 JUNE 15
Whanganui DHB board members have paid tribute to the many locals and out-of-towners who helped respond to the June 20-21 flood.
Extraction of stranded WDHB dental caravan to take time 26 JUNE 15
A Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) mobile dental unit, trapped up the Whanganui River Road at Ranana by flood-induced slips over the weekend, is likely to be stranded for an extended period of time and will potentially have a flow-on effect on services well into Term 3.
Flooding update - EOC active 20 JUNE 15
The Whanganui District Health Board Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has been activated in the Ward and Administration Building at Whanganui Hospital to coordinate the response to the ongoing flooding.
Whanganui Regional Health Network raises awareness about shingles 15 JUNE 15
The Whanganui Regional Health Network is urging anyone who suspects they might have shingles to contact their doctor and have their rash checked as soon as possible.
Whanganui's 2015 Health and Disability Awards winners announced 15 JUNE 15
It was a big night for the Whanganui District Health Board's (WDHB) Maori Health Services team who took home the Supreme Award at last week's Whanganui Health & Disability Awards.
Understanding patients' needs a top priority for Whanganui's Acute Stroke Unit 02 JUNE 15
Whanganui Hospital Acute Stroke Unit and rehabilitation staff are focusing their attention on really understanding what it is their patients experience while in hospital.
WDHB Pink Ribbon breakfast fundraiser a winner 27 MAY 15
Whanganui Hospital's first Pink Ribbon breakfast fundraiser has been hailed a resounding success by organisers Lisa Sullivan and Karen Wright.
Target result shows primary health smoking message getting through 27 MAY 15
Primary health workers throughout the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) area have reason to celebrate as the Minister of Health's national health targets results show primary care achieving the Better help for smokers to quit target for the first time with a 91 percent result.
WDHB celebrates World Smokefree Day 27 MAY 15
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is marking this year's World Smokefree Day (Sunday 31 May) with a reminder to residents that Whanganui's central business district (CBD) and parks and playgrounds are smokefree.
Health care assistants drive new approach to dementia care 19 MAY 15
Whanganui Hospital's Medical Ward health care assistants (HCAs) have been hailed 'heroes' for leading a project designed to improve the care of cognitively impaired patients - a key workstream under the Whanganui Rising to the Challenge development of a system that supports mental health and wellbeing.
WDHB launches new anti-abuse initiative 14 MAY 15
Whanganui district has a new shaken baby prevention initiative created by Whanganui District Health Board's (WDHB) newborn hearing screeners.
Psycho-active substance ban significantly reduces violence-related admissions to Whanganui's mental health facilities 14 MAY 15
Whanganui District Health Board's (WDHB) mental health facilities have not had a single violence-related admission resulting from psycho-active substances, since they were banned in May last year.
Whanganui placed second highest DHB in the country for hand hygiene 30 APRIL 15
A rigorous hand hygiene audit of the country's 20 district health boards (DHBs) has seen Whanganui DHB score the second highest result for the four months ending 31 March.
WDHB Outpatients Department raises concerns over missed appointments 29 APRIL 15
Despite Whanganui Hospital's best efforts to remind people of their Outpatient Department appointments, significant numbers are failing to attend and worryingly, many missed appointments are for small babies needing check-ups.
Friends of the Hospital calling for more volunteers 28 APRIL 15
Would you be happy to set aside a couple of hours a week to voluntarily support patients, and/or visitors to Whanganui Hospital?
Immunisation Week good time to make sure your family is immunised 17 APRIL 15
Is your family up-to-date with the immunisations that keep them, and the wider community, safe? World Immunisation Week (April 20-24) is the perfect opportunity to think about why immunisations are so important for the health of our communities says Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) immunisation coordinator Karen Page.
Community invited to safe footwear event with a twist 14 APRIL 15
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB), primary health providers and Jane Winstone Retirement Village are joining forces to co-host a safe footwear event aimed at encouraging Whanganui district residents to buy, and wear, safe footwear to help keep themselves safe from falls.
Applications open for the 2015 Whanganui Health and Disability Quality Awards 31 MARCH 15
Applications for the 2015 Whanganui Health and Disability Quality Awards open today, Tuesday 31 March, amid high hopes that a change to the format will see a significant increase in entry numbers.
Whanganui's SUPP team prepares for April 2 launch 26 MARCH 15
There are high hopes that free food, live bands and spot prizes will draw a good crowd to next week's launch of Whanganui's new SUPP service established to help health professionals meet with young people keen to discuss their mental health and addiction concerns.
WDHB presents to national Releasing Time to Care forum 26 MARCH 15
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) staff attracted strong interest at last week's national Productive Ward forum in Wellington when presenting the board's successful implementation of the Releasing Time to Care programme to Whanganui Hospital's Surgical Ward and acute mental health unit Te Awhina.
WDHB to host Ebola exercise 25 MARCH 15
April 1 will see Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) hosting a full-scale, multi-agency ebola exercise to ensure Whanganui is well prepared should the district have an ebola incident.
People with disabilities urged to use Health Passport 20 MARCH 15
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is urging residents with disabilities or chronic illnesses to make the most of the Health Passport introduced three years ago to help nursing and medical staff understand their care and support needs.
WDHB looks forward to working with Midcentral DHB's new chief executive 09 MARCH 15
MidCentral District Health Board's (MDHB) announcement that Australian-based Kathryn Cook will step into the role of chief executive in early May has been widely welcomed by Whanganui DHB board members and staff, WDHB chief executive Julie Patterson said today.
WDHB introduces new chaplain 06 MARCH 15
Auckland-based Anglican minister Reverend Amail Habib is to join the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB), replacing Whanganui Hospital's retiring ecumenical chaplain Reverend Graham Juden.
Ohakune community will be well served by Raetihi's expanded medical practice 25 FEBRUARY 15
Concerns raised in Monday's Wanganui Chronicle about the closure of Ohakune's medical practice are unfounded and misleading, says Whanganui District Health Board chief executive Julie Patterson.
WDHB surpasses five of health minister's six health targets 24 FEBRUARY 15
Not only has the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) surpassed five of the health minister's six health targets, but Whanganui Hospital's Emergency Department is back on track having achieved 96 percent for the 95 percent Shorter stays in ED health target - a rise of three percent since the previous quarter.
Parents urged to return immunisation consent forms 24 FEBRUARY 15
As schools prepare to begin the three-dose human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination programme for Year 8 girls on 16 March, parents of intermediate children are urged to return consent forms for this year's school immunisation programmes.
Whanganui smokers urged to join WERO challenge to quit 23 FEBRUARY 15
There are high hopes that large numbers of smokers will sign up for Whanganui's WERO Team Quit Smoking Challenge due to kick off on 1 April.
Good reason for later flu vaccination programme 20 FEBRUARY 15
People have no need to be alarmed that this year's flu vaccination programme is set to run four weeks later than usual says Whanganui's medical officer of health Patrick O'Connor.
Young couple step forward to encourage pregnant women to become smokefree 27 JANUARY 15
Nineteen-year-old Gabrielle De-Silva and her 18-year-old partner Remus Edwards are urging pregnant women who smoke to give up for the sake of their baby - and themselves.
WDHB clarifies decision to add 'h' to hospital name 15 DECEMBER 14
Concern that adding an 'h' to the name Whanganui Hospital will be expensive, is unfounded says Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) chief executive Julie Patterson.
Ham, turkey, roast lamb and roast chicken on this year's Christmas Day menu 15 DECEMBER 14
Hospital patients staying at Whanganui and Palmerston North Hospitals on Christmas Day will be treated to ham, turkey, roast lamb, roast chicken and vegetables.
It's time to find the best people for Whanganui's Children's Team 09 DECEMBER 14
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) maternity, child and youth portfolio manager Jon Buchan is urging organisations working with children to talk to one another and select the best people to join the Children's Team tasked with protecting Whanganui's vulnerable children.
Nursing care survey taking place this week 26 NOVEMBER 14
Wanganui Hospital patients and residents of aged care facilities are being surveyed this week to help the Whanganui District Health Board understand the occurrence rate of pressure ulcers, incontinence, poor nutritional issues, falls and restraint - all aspects of nursing care that help nursing leaders focus attention on where improvement to nursing care can be achieved.
WDHB health target results show smokefree message getting through 26 NOVEMBER 14
Today's release of the 2014/15 Quarter One national health target results show the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) exceeding the hospital target for Better help for smokers to quit. Required to achieve 95 percent of Wanganui Hospital patients who smoke being offered advice and support to quit, the WDHB reached 97 percent.
WDHB showing success in speeding up hip and knee replacement recovery times 25 NOVEMBER 14
The national Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) programme introduced at Wanganui Hospital early this year to improve patients' recovery following hip and knee replacement surgery, is proving successful.
WDHB male staff members to host White Ribbon Day event 21 NOVEMBER 14
Close to 20 Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) male staff members have committed to take time out from their jobs on Tuesday 25 November to help publicise this year's White Ribbon Day. Besides greeting staff and visitors in Wanganui Hospital's front entrance, the men will hand out white ribbons, brochures and contact details for agencies available to help victims and perpetrators of family violence.
Minister of Health pays tribute to Wanganui Hospital's Acute Stroke Unit staff 19 NOVEMBER 14
During a visit to Wanganui Hospital's Acute Stroke Unit today, Minister of Health Jonathan Coleman paid tribute to the clinical staff he acknowledged had done a wonderful job leading the unit since its opening in April this year.
Wanganui Hospital CLAB free for 1030 days 11 NOVEMBER 14
Wanganui Hospital's Critical Care Unit's focus on prevention of central line associated bacteria (CLAB) and rigorous hygiene, has resulted in picc lines, central lines and portocaths being free of bacteria for 1030 days in a row.
Whanganui's Maternity Service up with the best in NZ 10 NOVEMBER 14
Whanganui women giving birth should find it comforting to learn that Wanganui Hospital's Maternity Unit provides one of the best services in the country.
WDHB celebrates 7 November National Oral Health Day 06 NOVEMBER 14
Whanganui's dental therapists are celebrating National Oral Health Day this Friday by encouraging mums, dads and children to take good care of their teeth and make sure they heed Vodafone Warriors rugby league star Shaun Johnson's advice to look after their teeth.
Whanganui DHB a top scorer in new national inpatient experience survey 04 NOVEMBER 14
Positive feedback from Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) patients who participated in New Zealand's first inpatient experience survey has seen the WDHB score top place in two of the survey's four categories.
Whanganui DHB celebrates national Patient Safety Week 31 OCTOBER 14
An Open for better care campaign stand with medication safety-focussed information, activities and much more is how the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) will kick off next week's Health Quality and Safety Commission-coordinated national Patient Safety Week.
Serious Adverse Events Report 2013-14 30 OCTOBER 14
Following the release of the Health Quality & Safety Commission's (HQSC) Serious Adverse Events report, Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is satisfied it has the policies and processes in place to support safe care in Wanganui Hospital and that when an incident which causes serious harm or unexpected death does occur, it is thoroughly investigated and learnt from with any identified improvements to care being made.
Please return our loan equipment, no questions asked 30 OCTOBER 14
Have you been issued with a walking frame, a chair raiser or a pair of crutches and not returned them? Wanganui Hospital is urging local people to return mobility aids and any other equipment, such as toilet frames and chair raisers, which have been loaned to them and that they no longer need.
WDHB welcomes Open for better care campaign's shift to focus on medication safety 16 OCTOBER 14
The national Open for better care campaign shifts its focus to medication safety today as part of the Health Quality and Safety Commission's (HQSC) drive to reduce harm from high-risk medicines. A key programme area for the HQSC, the campaign's focus on medication safety will run from today right through until the end of March 2015.
Development of centralAlliance Strategic Plan underway 06 OCTOBER 14
A series of stakeholder interviews will take place over the next few months, as Whanganui and MidCentral DHBs (WDHB and MDHB) turn their attention to developing a joint strategic plan to provide a roadmap for the future of their working relationship under the centralAlliance.
Are you up for the challenge this Stoptober? 17 SEPTEMBER 14
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is hopeful that many of its residents who smoke will take up the challenge and quit smoking for good from 1 October.
Colourful days ahead - art supplies donated to our Children's Ward 12 SEPTEMBER 14
Children admitted to Wanganui Hospital will have plenty to help keep them smiling following a generous donation of colouring books, pens and activity books to the ward.
Friends of the Hospital say thank you to Rotary Club of Wanganui and the Men's Shed 10 SEPTEMBER 14
Wanganui Hospital patient Jeanette van Dyk was extremely happy to find she was able to borrow a copy of her favourite rag when Friends of the Hospital group secretary Ann Petherick and Rotary Club of Wanganui president Jim Callaghan rolled up to her hospital bed with the new magazine library introduced at the hospital today.
Whanganui women urged to take control this Cervical Screening Awareness Month 10 SEPTEMBER 14
Whanganui District Health Board and Whanganui Regional Health Network (WRHN) are urging Whanganui women to think about their health this September by having a cervical smear test.
Whanganui patients urged to take part in survey 27 AUGUST 14
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) director of nursing Sandy Blake is urging hospital patients to take part in a new survey asking them for feedback on their health care.
WDHB reaches or surpasses all six national health targets 26 AUGUST 14
The latest national health target results released today are a tribute to the professionalism and expertise of health care staff working across the region says Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) acting chief executive Brian Walden.
WDHB found to be in breach of Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers Rights 25 AUGUST 14
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) has been found to be in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights (1994).
Wanganui Hospital welcomes new Friends of the Hospital voluntary group 21 AUGUST 14
Work is underway to establish a Friends of the Hospital voluntary group headed by two experienced Whanganui volunteers Lynne Morris (chair) and Ann Petherick (secretary).
Regional Women's Health Service in good heart one year on 11 AUGUST 14
The Regional Women's Health Service (RWHS) developed and implemented by the Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Boards has marked its first full year of operation with both boards agreeing that progress made to date has been positive.
DHBs issue warning around spring fevers 08 AUGUST 14
As farmers prepare for spring growth, and the birth of lambs and calves unfortunately it is also the time when increased reports of gastrointestinal illnesses the Public Health Service can often be traced back to contact with animals, and especially calves and lambs.
City Mission benefits from WDHB quiz night fundraiser 08 AUGUST 14
Whanganui's City Mission is several hundred dollars better off thanks to money raised at the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) community mental health & addiction team's annual quiz night.
Health Needs Assessment update released 30 JULY 14
Whanganui and Manawatu's high number of Māori, social and economically disadvantaged people and older residents have created a region with higher health needs than regions in other parts of New Zealand says MidCentral District Health Board (MDHB) health information and data quality clinical advisor Richard Fong.
WDHB joins Rangitikei District Council in promoting falls prevention 24 JULY 14
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) health promoter Te Ora Nyman is breaking new ground with her falls prevention classes for Rangitikei's more vulnerable citizens.
WDHB shows its support for Women's Refuge 22 JULY 14
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is showing its support for this month's Women's Refuge awareness campaign by highlighting the services the refuge provides for women and families experiencing violence in their home.
Whanganui chosen for Children's Team rollout 18 JULY 14
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) clinicians and management staff are delighted Whanganui has been selected as a chosen location for the roll-out of the Children's Teams it's hoped will help transform New Zealand's Child Protection System.
WDHB's mobile dental units cleared of formaldehyde contamination 16 JULY 14
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) confirmed today the ceiling tiles in its five mobile dental units are not producing formaldehyde fumes, and dental therapists working in the units have not had their safety compromised.
WDHB welcomes newly-appointed board member 20 JUNE 14
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) chair Dot McKinnon is pleased to announce that Minister of Health Tony Ryall has appointed Stuart Hylton to the WDHB board.
WDHB takes home top hand hygiene award 18 JUNE 14
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) has scooped the Hand Hygiene Quality Improvement Award 2014 for a DHB with fewer than 300 acute inpatient beds, or fewer than 1750 hand hygiene moments for national hand hygiene auditing.
WDHB urges parents to immunise their children in wake of recent measles outbreak 16 JUNE 14
As news spreads of further measles outbreaks in Auckland and Waikato, the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is urging parents and caregivers to ensure their children's immunisations are up-to-date. WDHB head of paediatrics David Montgomery says measles is not a minor childhood illness.
New and innovative Whanganui youth group set to open next month 12 JUNE 14
A new drop-in service established to encourage young people to discuss their addiction and mental health concerns with health professionals is set to 'open its doors' next month.
WDHB set to lead ground-breaking children's oral health trial 12 JUNE 14
Whanganui District Health Board's Dental Service has been chosen to lead an oral health trial that could revolutionise the way in which caries (holes caused by dental decay) found in the teeth of New Zealand children are managed.
WDHB and Age Concern Wanganui join forces to highlight elder abuse 09 JUNE 14
An information display that highlights Elder Abuse Awareness Day (15 June) will greet visitors and staff walking through Wanganui Hospital's Main Entrance on Friday, 13 June.
New child protection coordinator to begin role mid-June 29 MAY 14
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) has appointed WDHB child and youth mortality review coordinator Awhina Rushworth to the newly established role of child protection coordinator. A qualified social worker, Ms Rushworth is keen to support the WDHB's efforts to reduce child abuse in the Whanganui region.
WDHB latest health target results please staff 27 MAY 14
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) chief executive Julie Patterson is delighted with the WDHB's latest health target results which saw Whanganui reach five of the six targets and achieve the top score for the one target yet to be achieved across the country.
WDHB urges Whanganui residents to have their say on World Smokefree Day 27 MAY 14
To mark this year's 31 May World Smokefree Day, the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is urging district residents to have their say on whether smoking in vehicles carrying children should be banned.
Wanganui Hospital's newly upgraded MRI machine back in business 27 MAY 14
Thanks to the support of the Wanganui Eye and Medical Care Trust, Wanganui Hospital's MRI machine has been upgraded and from today, re-opened for business.
WDHB appoints full-time clinical nurse specialist urology 21 MAY 14
The recent appointment of a full-time clinical nurse specialist urology has been welcomed by Whanganui District Health Board's director of nursing Sandy Blake, the team of nurses treating urology patients in Whanganui and the Palmerston North-based urologists who hold regular clinics in Wanganui Hospital's Outpatients Department.
WDHB Dental Service response to formaldehyde concerns 16 MAY 14
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) confirmed today it would be inspecting and assessing its five mobile dental units following concerns raised that ceiling tiles in the units might produce formaldehyde fumes.
WDHB to celebrate International Nurses Day 2014 with quiz night 07 MAY 14
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is hoping large numbers of nurses will brave our cooler nights to join their colleagues for the Great Quiz Night on 15 May.
New Acute Stroke Unit seeks sponsorship for high tech beds 29 APRIL 14
Wanganui Hospital's AT&R (Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation) Ward staff are appealing for community support to help them purchase three high tech beds for patients admitted to the hospital's new dedicated Acute Stroke Unit.
World Immunisation Week: Are your family's vaccinations up to date? 23 APRIL 14
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is urging parents to embrace World Immunisation Week (28 April - 2 May) by checking that they and their family are up-to-date with vaccines required to keep themselves, and those around them, safe.
WDHB highlights April Falls campaign for second year in a row 09 APRIL 14
Preventing falls in the community, in our hospitals and aged residential care is everyone's business, says Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) director of nursing, patient safety and quality Sandy Blake.
WDHB to celebrate Advanced Care Plans on 'Conversations that Count Day' 09 APRIL 14
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) will mark 'Conversations that Count Day' on 16 April with an on-air discussion between Whanganui GP Alan Mangan, WDHB Maori Health Service clinical manager Rihi Karena and Mediaworks breakfast co-host Sue Miller.
WDHB welcomes latest Quality and Safety Markers results 04 APRIL 14
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) continues to improve its performance against the Health Quality Safety Commission's Quality and Safety Markers (QSMs) released today for the October to December 2013 quarter.
WDHB to mark Stroke Awareness Week with opening of new Acute Stroke Unit 02 APRIL 14
Wanganui Hospital's AT&R (Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation) Ward will officially open the Whanganui District Health Board's (WDHB) new Acute Stroke Unit on Monday 14 April - the last day of this year's Stroke Awareness Week (April 7 to 14).
WDHB to appoint new child protection coordinator 02 APRIL 14
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) has given Wanganui Hospital the green light to employ a child protection coordinator. It's a move welcomed by WDHB head of paediatrics Dr David Montgomery and the WDHB's Violence Intervention Programme (VIP) coordinator Barbara Charuk who called for the role to be established last year.
WDHB hosts onsite health careers day 24 MARCH 14
Twenty teachers, 30 Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) staff and 140 secondary school students met today at Wanganui Hospital to introduce health professionals to students looking at establishing a career in the health sector.
WDHB Māori Health Services welcome four new staff members 17 MARCH 14
Four new whānau support workers have joined Māori Health Services. Guided by recently appointed Māori Health Services clinical manager Rihi Karena (Nga Wairiki/Ngati Apa, Te Atihaunui-a-Paparangi, Nga Rauru, Ngati Ruanui), the whanau support workers are tasked with improving the whānau journey through DHB services and improving the health and wellbeing of whānau/families.
Whanganui's fight against the flu virus well underway 17 MARCH 14
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) fully supports the push to focus this year's seasonal influenza immunisation programme towards pregnant women and their newborn babies.
Dawn blessing for Wanganui Hospital's new information kiosk 14 MARCH 14
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) community rose early this morning to attend a dawn blessing of the new information kiosk that now greets hospital visitors.
Community response to Rising to the Challenge meetings positive 25 FEBRUARY 14
A recent call for everyone who lives with, or supports, those with mental illness to attend one of six community meetings to update community groups and interested members of the public on the development of the Whanganui Rising to the Challenge: The Mental Health and Addiction Service Development Framework has been very positive.
WDHB celebrates high health target scores 25 FEBRUARY 14
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) chief executive Julie Patterson is delighted with the WDHB's latest health target results which she says are a tribute to every staff member involved.
Whanganui to introduce 'Walking in Another's Shoes' dementia training 19 FEBRUARY 14
A training programme designed to help caregivers understand what it's like to live with dementia and how to better understand those with the condition will be offered to Central Region dementia patient caregivers.
Parents urged to get behind school vaccinations 14 FEBRUARY 14
Parents of intermediate school age children are urged to return consent forms for their children's 2014 vaccination programme.
WDHB signs up for what could be Waimarino's first community careers expo 13 FEBRUARY 14
Whanganui District Health Board's Māori Health Service (WDHB) has signed up to host a health stand at what is believed to be the first ever community careers expo held in the Waimarino District.
Ministry of Health gives WDHB green light for youth community-based mental health service 10 FEBRUARY 14
Whanganui is one of six District Health Boards (DHBs) selected to receive funding for a new drop-in service for young people wanting to discuss their addiction and mental health concerns with health professionals.
'Whanganui Rising to the Challenge' stakeholders invited to attend community meetings 29 JANUARY 14
Everyone who lives with, or supports, those with mental illness is urged to attend one of a series of meetings taking place in February to update community groups and interested members of the public on the development of the Whanganui Rising to the Challenge: The Mental Health and Addiction Service Development Framework.
Whanganui on target to achieve one of the country's highest B4 school check rates 23 JANUARY 14
Whanganui's success in screening pre-school children is not only well above average but six months into the 2013/14 year, Whanganui is fourth equal on the leader table and sitting at seven percent above the national average.
Whanganui pulls out all stops to reduce its infant death rate 22 JANUARY 14
Whanganui child health workers have launched a multi-pronged, collaborative effort to implore parents of babies and infants to breastfeed, not to smoke, to lay their babies on their backs and to not sleep with their babies.
WDHB's 2014 nursing graduate programme welcomes 14 participants 17 JANUARY 14
Fourteen newly qualified, nurses have joined the Whanganui District Health Board's (WDHB) two, year-long, 2014 nursing graduate programmes this week.
Whanganui bus advertisement highlights pregnancy messages 20 DECEMBER 13
Whanganui midwives are urging pregnant women, or those planning to become pregnant, to take note and act on a five-point pregnancy safety checklist they've recently had placed on the back of a local Tranzit bus.
Take care when drinking over Christmas 19 DECEMBER 13
Whanganui DHB health promoter for alcohol and other drugs Sarah Hawken is urging Whanganui residents to plan ahead and think carefully about how alcohol is consumed over the summer period.
Christmas barbecue safety message 17 DECEMBER 13
Whanganui and MidCentral DHBs are asking people planning to use their barbecue over summer to do all they can to make sure their food is prepared, stored and cooked safely.
WDHB prescribers view programme's first year a success 13 DECEMBER 13
The Minister of Health's decision to widen the group of New Zealand health professionals who can prescribe medicines is paying off say Whanganui District Health Board's (WDHB) two non-medical prescribers.
Christmas menu for hospital patients 12 DECEMBER 13
Roast lamb and turkey with homemade stuffing and gravy served with roast vegetables is one lunch option for patients spending Christmas Day at Wanganui and Palmerston North Hospitals.
'Be careful near water' warn centralAlliance DHBs 11 DECEMBER 13
CentralAlliance DHBs are urging Whanganui and Manawatu residents to be careful when playing or working close to water this summer. Last year 33 people drowned in New Zealand during the summer months. Many of these tragedies occurred at beaches.
Message from WDHB chair Kate Joblin 29 NOVEMBER 13
It has been a great privilege to serve as chair of Whanganui District Health Board which I have watched go from strength to strength as our board, staff and community have addressed and overcome the many hurdles we had before us.
WDHB scores two 100 percent health target results 26 NOVEMBER 13
While the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is delighted to have achieved 100 percent for two of its six Ministry of Health target results, there is disappointment at seeing a drop in the district's immunisation rates for eight-month-olds.
WDHB releases Serious Adverse Events results for 2013 21 NOVEMBER 13
Today's release of the Health Quality & Safety Commission's Serious Adverse Events report shows Wanganui Hospital as having three reported incidents which caused harm to patients in the 2012-2013 year - two of them falls (the leading cause of harm in New Zealand hospitals) and the third, the unexpected death of a baby.
Male staff members to front WDHB's White Ribbon Day campaign 19 NOVEMBER 13
Close to 20 Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) male staff members will take time out from their jobs on Monday to help publicise this year's White Ribbon Day.
Wanganui Hospital welcomes eye-catching 'Patient status at a glance' boards 19 NOVEMBER 13
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) director of nursing Sandy Blake's push to have 'eye-catching' Patient status at a glance boards installed beside every patient's bed became a reality this week in Wanganui Hospital's Medical Ward.
Property owners warned to watch out for lead paint 18 NOVEMBER 13
Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Boards (DHBs) are warning property owners thinking of renovating or painting their houses over summer to remember they could find themselves removing paint which has lead in it.
WDHB's death review process impresses international audience 14 NOVEMBER 13
International health professionals are showing growing interest in the Whanganui District Health Board's (WDHB) review process of the care given to those who die in Wanganui Hospital.
centralAlliance partners re-sign agreement 13 NOVEMBER 13
Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Board (DHBs) chairs and chief executives set time aside early this week to re-sign their centralAlliance agreement and reaffirm their commitment to work in partnership on a range of projects that will benefit the region.
Cancer nurse coordinator role shifts focus to patients 13 NOVEMBER 13
Having spent the past six months focused on improving the Whanganui District Health Board's (WDHB) reporting system for patients undergoing diagnosis and treatment for cancer, Andrea Dempsey-Thornton is now shifting her focus to the support of patients and their families through the challenges ahead.
Top medics to deliver 2013 Porritt Lecture 29 OCTOBER 13
Pain management is the main theme of this year's Porritt Lecture on 21 November - a subject that organiser and Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) anaesthetist Leinani Aiono is keen to put under the spotlight.
WDHB appoints new Director Maori Health 25 OCTOBER 13
Well known Whanganui health professional Rowena Kui of Te Ati Āwa descent has been named the Whanganui District Health Board's (WDHB) new director Maori Health.
WDHB staff step forward to champion violence intervention programme 25 OCTOBER 13
Increasing numbers of Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) staff are stepping up to become violence intervention programme (VIP) champions.
Open for better care campaign focus moves to surgical site infections 17 OCTOBER 13
The Health Quality and Safety Commission's highly successful national Open for better care campaign's focus now moves from falls to another leading cause of preventable harm and life-threatening events for patients - surgical site infections (SSIs) which can occur following surgery.
Business as usual for Waimarino Health Centre 17 OCTOBER 13
It's business as usual for the Waimarino Health Centre says rural nurse, and one of the centre's two emergency coordinators, Ann Gibson.
Living without water 03 OCTOBER 13
Whanganui medical officer of health Dr Patrick O'Connor has released a practical instruction sheet for Raetihi residents and anybody who has limited access to clean water in Raetihi.
WDHB opens new breastfeeding room 27 SEPTEMBER 13
A new room dedicated to breastfeeding mums and their babies is 'open for business' in Wanganui Hospital.
Te Awhina prepares to go smokefree 27 SEPTEMBER 13
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) acute inpatient mental health unit Te Awhina becomes smokefree on Tuesday, 1 October 2013 bringing it in-line with the rest of the WDHB campus.
Waimarino Hospital reunion planned 26 SEPTEMBER 13
Former Waimarino Hospital staff members are invited to attend an official reunion on 4, 5 and 6 April 2014.
Parents urged to attend kids dental appointments 13 SEPTEMBER 13
Concerned by the number of young children who fail to turn up to their dental appointments, Whanganui dental therapists will be asking parents to attend with their children.
Professor Sir Mason Durie and the Hon. Tariana Turia to speak in Whanganui 13 SEPTEMBER 13
Guest speakers Professor Sir Mason Durie and the Hon. Tariana Turia are expected to be a big drawcard for many attending the opening of Mental Health Awareness Week (Te Whare Tapa Wha) on Monday 7 October.
Stanford House launches its 'Great cake bake-off' 10 SEPTEMBER 13
Service users/tangata whaiora and staff based in Whanganui's forensic mental health unit Stanford House are busy developing their cooking skills with cake making during September and October.
Stanford House refurbishment project progressing well 06 SEPTEMBER 13
Design work for the regional forensic mental health unit Stanford House refurbishment programme is now well advanced says Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) facilities manager Grant Hood.
Pregnant women urged to 'call the midwife' 05 SEPTEMBER 13
Whanganui district's lead maternity carers (LMCs) have drawn up their rosters for Christmas/New Year and say midwifery coverage will more than meet the needs of pregnant women over this period.
Whanganui's health sector joins forces to tackle smoking 29 AUGUST 13
Whanganui District Health Board's (WDHB) Public Health Centre and Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authority have joined forces this week to raise awareness of cancer.
Whanganui's B4 School Check service exceeds expectations 29 AUGUST 13
Whanganui's B4 School Check service has achieved a 110 percent completion rate for the 2012/13 year against the 80 percent target for eligible children set by the Government for that period.
Whanganui scores country's top immunisation result 28 AUGUST 13
The Ministry of Health's quarter four (April-June) national health target results released today show the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) placed top of the leader board for Increased immunisation.
Whanganui launches 'Too many medicines?' pilot service 28 AUGUST 13
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) and Whanganui Regional Health Network (WRHN) are delighted to be piloting the Central Region's 'Too many medicines?' service set to be launched on Monday.
New role for Te Awhina's clinical nurse manager 27 AUGUST 13
Te Awhina clinical nurse manager Katheryn Butters is to take up a new role as Wanganui Hospital's Care Capacity Demand Management (CCDM) coordinator - a role she expects will be as challenging and fulfilling as her career in mental health.
Te Awhina programme draws interest from other DHBs 19 AUGUST 13
Whanganui's acute inpatient mental health unit Te Awhina has recently hosted staff from four other District Health Boards (DHB) wanting to observe a new approach that allows Te Awhina nurses to spend more time with their patients.
WDHB invites hospital visitors, patients and staff to visit onsite safety campaign booth 16 AUGUST 13
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is continuing its drive to promote patient safety and raise awareness of the national Open for better care patient safety campaign with a booth in Wanganui Hospital's main cafeteria on Tuesday 20 August.
WDHB reviews care given to unwell baby 09 AUGUST 13
A review of the care given to baby Jackson (Jack) Jellyman has confirmed that the diagnosis of common childhood illnesses, made by senior medical staff in both Whanganui Accident and Medical Centre (WAM) and Wanganui Hospital's Emergency Department (ED) who treated him was correct and appropriate says Wanganui Hospital's head of paediatrics David Montgomery.
Whanganui achieves best 8-month-old immunisation result in the country 23 JULY 13
News that Whanganui was New Zealand's number one immuniser for 8-month-old children in the second quarter of this year is being celebrated by health workers across the Whanganui district.
Whanganui's long-term condition self management effort applauded 19 JULY 13
A recently released Auckland University report has described Whanganui's self-management programme for those with diabetes and/or other long term conditions as an 'outstanding success'.
New RWHS midwifery director well placed for role 19 JULY 13
Recently appointed regional midwifery director Leona Dann is enjoying meeting Whanganui District Health Board's (WDHB) midwifery team.
The 'Big Latch On' on target to break another record 12 JULY 13
For the fifth year in a row, the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) and the national Women's Health Action organisation are joining forces to coordinate Whanganui's 'Big Latch On' planned for Friday 2 August.
WDHB senior nurses celebrate impressive weight loss 03 JULY 13
When Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) clinical nurse manager Wendy Stanbrook-Mason, and duty nurse managers Rosie Rosewarne and Sarah Claughton joined forces to lose weight they never imagined they would lose 71kgs between them.
WDHB adopts new logo 01 JULY 13
The Whanganui District Health Board has adopted a new logo following board approval on Friday for a design that depicts the mountain and river. From today, it replaces a sun design used since 1993.
WDHB welcomes publication of new health quality and safety markers 27 JUNE 13
Whanganui District Health Board has welcomed the publication of new health data designed to encourage district health boards to have ongoing steps in place to improve their patient safety.
Whanganui Maori exceed Whanganui European immunisation rates 26 JUNE 13
In the three months from 1 January to 31 March 2013, immunisation rates for Whanganui Maori children at two years of age, exceeded the rate for Whanganui European children in the same age group.
WDHB introduces new Mental Health and Addiction Strategic Planning Group 26 JUNE 13
A new strategic planning group will guide development of Whanganui's Mental Health & Addiction Services over the next five years, ensuring they meet ministerial expectations and community needs.
WDHB to consult rural communities on their radiology services 20 JUNE 13
Whanganui District Health Board's Radiology Department wants to know how well they are serving the rural areas.
Janine Ingram appointed RWHS change manager 18 JUNE 13
Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Boards have appointed former charge nurse Janine Ingram as their Regional Women's Health Service (RWHS) change manager.
Whanganui Hospital's Radiology Department awarded international accreditation 13 JUNE 13
Following a rigorous audit of all its specialities, Whanganui Hospital's Radiology Department has been awarded international accreditation (IANZ).
WDHB pledges support for Open for Better Care patient safety campaign 04 JUNE 13
Whanganui District Health Board chief executive Julie Patterson and board chair Kate Joblin have signed a certificate pledging their support for a new, highly visible national patient safety campaign.
New maternity quality coordinator pleased role sits across two districts 29 MAY 13
Recently appointed Whanganui-based maternity quality coordinator Angela Adam is delighted the Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Boards (DHBs) chose to sit her role across both districts.
WDHB welcomes positive health target results 28 MAY 13
The Ministry of Health's quarter three health target results released today show the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) achieving 100 percent target results for Improved access to elective surgery and Shorter waits for cancer treatment and results above target for Shorter stays in Emergency Departments and Increased immunisation.
WDHB to unveil hard hitting 'Shaken Baby' DVD 28 MAY 13
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is set to unveil a DVD that makes no bones about what happens when a baby is shaken.
centralAlliance DHBs review Medical Imaging Services 15 MAY 13
Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Boards (DHBs) have launched a joint review of their Medical Imaging Services to help them understand and define the needs of both DHB populations, now and into the future.
Applications open for the 2013 Whanganui Health and Disability Quality Awards 14 MAY 13
Applications are now open for the increasingly popular Whanganui Health and Disability Quality Awards.
Clinical Information System to enhance patient care for Central Region DHBs 10 MAY 13
A partnership to deploy a single Clinical Information System (CIS) that will improve healthcare delivery across the Central Region’s six DHBs was signed last month by Central Region Technical Advisory Services (TAS) Chairman Murray Georgel and Orion Health.
WDHB earns high hand hygiene score 07 MAY 13
A rigorous hand hygiene audit of the country's 20 district health boards (DHBs) has seen Whanganui DHB score the second highest result for the four months ending 31 March.
Leadership appointments progressing well for RWHS 01 MAY 13
Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Boards (WDHB and MDHB) have announced five leadership appointments as implementation of the new Regional Women's Health Service (RWHS) continues to progress.
Whanganui DHB welcomes new falls prevention initiative 24 APRIL 13
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) has welcomed a new falls prevention initiative being trialled by lower North Island DHBs, which aims to increase awareness of a patient's fall risk and how much help they need to move about safely.
Integrated approach to Advance Care Planning recognised 23 APRIL 13
An integrated approach and significant progress over a short period of time has led to a project introducing Advance Care Plans (ACP) to the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) region, being recognised at an upcoming international conference in Australia.
WDHB urges parents to immunise their children on time, every time 23 APRIL 13
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) cannot stress enough, how important it is for children to complete their full course of vaccines to protect them against preventable diseases such as measles, and that they receive them when they are due.
WDHB highlights the importance of Vitamin D 18 APRIL 13
It's now well known that of all the vitamins, Vitamin D is one of the most important for people aged 65 and over. Without it, our bones can deteriorate and lead to more fall-related injuries as we are more prone to broken bones.
WDHB urges older people to exercise 15 APRIL 13
As part of April Falls month, Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is urging people aged 65 and over to exercise as much as possible to strengthen their muscles and bones, which helps people avoid falls.
WDHB standing right behind April Falls campaign 02 APRIL 13
Preventing falls in the community and in hospital is everyone's business. And that's the message of the April Falls promotion getting underway today at Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB).
Regional oncology social work director settles in 27 MARCH 13
Making sure she meets with most, if not all, social workers employed across the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) and MidCentral District Health Board (MDHB) region is a top priority for recently appointed regional oncology social work director Sue Wragg.
WDHB older people health services web resource draws strong interest 19 MARCH 13
Whanganui's older people and their families are making good use of a resource launched on the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) website late last year to provide information on services for older people available in the Whanganui region.
Whanganui DHB response to inaccuracies in Wanganui Chronicle 16 MARCH 13
Information in the Wanganui Chronicle article on 9 March 2013 has raised concerns for some older people and their families. The WDHB issued the following information in an advertisement in the Wanganui Chronicle in response to the inaccuracies.
WDHB's cardiac rehabilitation service moves 13 MARCH 13
Whanganui District Health Board's (WDHB) Cardiac Rehabilitation Service has moved its twice weekly classes from a busy city gym to the Josephite Retreat Centre.
Whanganui leads two significant projects 04 MARCH 13
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is the first of New Zealand's 20 DHBs to complete a Health Quality & Safety Commission audit designed to measure actions undertaken to reduce falls among the elderly.
WDHB's target results remain steady 27 FEBRUARY 13
The Ministry of Health's quarter two health targets, released today show the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) not only achieving four of the six targets but reaching scores above target for Improved access to elective surgery and Increased immunisation.
WDHB appoints new cancer nurse 27 FEBRUARY 13
Whanganui cancer patients and their families will be better supported thanks to the recent appointment of a dedicated cancer nurse who will coordinate and streamline the care of those being treated for cancer.
WDHB introduces new medication administration safety net 27 FEBRUARY 13
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) has introduced a new syringe pump software system which senior clinical staff say will make drug administration safer for patients and staff.
WDHB's Ophthalmology Department moves 07 FEBRUARY 13
The Whanganui District Health Board's Ophthalmology Department has moved from the Outpatients Department to newly appointed rooms in Wanganui Hospital's Women's & Children's building.
Te Awhina celebrates new facilities with official opening 31 JANUARY 13
New Zealand's director of mental health Dr John Crawshaw and Mental Health Commissioner Dr Lynne Lane will officially open Te Awhina's new facilities at 2pm on Monday.
WDHB appoints new Dental Service clinical director 31 JANUARY 13
Whanganui District Health Board's (WDHB) ability to treat people with serious dental problems has improved significantly with Robin Whyman's recent appointment as Dental Services clinical director.
Addressing diabetes firmly on the radar for WDHB and WRPHO 22 JANUARY 13
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) and Whanganui Regional Primary Health Organisation (WRPHO) plan to tackle head on, the rising levels of obesity and diabetes among Whanganui district residents, says WRPHO clinical director and local general practitioner Alan Mangan.
Outpatients Department disappointed by high number of 'no shows' 18 JANUARY 13
The Whanganui District Heath Board (WDHB) is urging anyone who has an appointment with Wanganui Hospital's Outpatients Department to please attend, and if they can't do so, to call the department to book an alternative time.
WDHB votes for Regional Women's Health Service 21 DECEMBER 12
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) members agreed today that the Regional Women's Health Service (RWHS) Development Plan will be implemented.
Delicious Christmas fare planned for Wanganui Hospital patients 18 DECEMBER 12
Roast lamb and chicken with gravy served with roast vegetables and seasonal green vegetables, steamed plum pudding with brandy sauce or panna cotta with a berry sauce, will be served to patients spending Christmas Day in Wanganui Hospital.
Stanford House clients embrace classical music 18 DECEMBER 12
Classical music is enriching the lives of Stanford House clients who've responded enthusiastically to the recently established WDHB regional forensic mental health unit's classical music programme.
WDHB and Hauora A Iwi sign memorandum of understanding 04 DECEMBER 12
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) and Whanganui iwi relationship board Hauora A Iwi reconfirmed their relationship with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) late last week.
WDHB achieves well in health targets results 27 NOVEMBER 12
The Whanganui District Health Board's first quarter health target results prove staff commitment to seeing the WDHB placed in the top 10 for every result across the board has held firm.
WDHB invites public to Porritt Lecture 26 NOVEMBER 12
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) invites Whanganui residents with an interest in Advance Care Planning (ACP) to attend this year's Porritt Lecture on Thursday.
WDHB achieves significant drop in serious and sentinel events 21 NOVEMBER 12
Following today's release of the Health Quality & Safety Commission's Serious and Sentinel Event report, Wanganui Hospital is satisfied that the care it delivers to patients is safe and that when an incident does occur which causes harm, it is thoroughly investigated.
WDHB hosts Kiwiana lunch for new clinical staff 20 NOVEMBER 12
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) has hosted its first ever sit-down Kiwiana BBQ lunch to welcome Wanganui Hospital's newest clinical staff and their families to the WDHB and the Whanganui community.
Regional Women's Health Service Development Plan to be considered 15 NOVEMBER 12
A development plan, released today, to support the implementation of the Regional Women's Health Service (RWHS) between the Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Boards will be discussed at the next round of the boards' statutory committee meetings.
WDHB and WRPHO target families' eating habits 12 NOVEMBER 12
In a joint effort to give Whanganui district children the best possible start in life, young mothers and women of all ages are receiving cooking lessons and sound nutritional advice from recently appointed dietitian Pushpa Wati.
Global Stop Pressure Ulcer Day 12 NOVEMBER 12
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is welcoming the opportunity to support Global Stop Pressure Ulcer Day on 16 November - a global campaign which WDHB pressure ulcer prevention group coordinator Margaret Gosnell says has an important message behind it.
Collaborative immunisation effort across WDHB district pays off 'big time' 24 OCTOBER 12
Whanganui District Health Board's (WDHB) ability to lift last quarter's immunisation target result from 89 percent to 94 percent is largely due to immunisation staff pulling together and working collaboratively says WDHB service and business planning portfolio manager Melissa Cragg.
Whanganui leads effort in helping young people experiencing mental health issues 12 OCTOBER 12
Whanganui is being hailed a success story for the way in which the district's medical and social services are working collaboratively to support young people experiencing mental illness. WDHB Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service clinical manager Sean Moloney says Whanganui has been singled out as a leader in the Gateway programme - a cross-sector, collaborative exploration of the needs of children in the care of Child, Youth and Family.
Remember to keep washing your hands says WDHB 06 OCTOBER 12
Recent outbreaks of Norovirus in the upper North Island have prompted a reminder to Whanganui residents to wash hands thoroughly when visiting the bathroom and before eating.
Aged care sector showing interest in interRAI 04 OCTOBER 12
Whanganui's age care providers are showing growing interest in implementing the comprehensive, electronic interRAI Long-term Care Facilities Tool which Health Minister Tony Ryall wants to see used nationwide.
Support now available for rural families experiencing family violence 27 SEPTEMBER 12
It's not known how many rural families experience violence, but for those who do, the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) has appointed a part-time, dedicated Violence Intervention Programme coordinator.
Advanced Care Plan survey and promotion draws pleasing response 19 SEPTEMBER 12
Public response to the promotion of people, young and elderly, developing Advanced Care Plans has been overwhelmingly positive.
WDHB marks Speech Language Therapy Awareness Week September 17 - 21 13 SEPTEMBER 12
Whanganui District Health Board speech language therapists are highlighting the stories of two of their patients to mark Speech Language Therapy Awareness Week from 17 - 21 September.
WDHB retains high placing on the health target leader board 30 AUGUST 12
Following its placing in the top four for five of six health target results in the third quarter, the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) has been placed in the top four for four of the six quarter four results and well within the top 10 for all targets which chief executive Julie Patterson expects the WDHB to achieve.
WDHB benefits from two new regional Allied Health positions 29 AUGUST 12
Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Boards' first appointed autism spectrum disorder (ASD) coordinators are confident that children with autism, and their families, are benefiting from the region's new ASD service.
WDHB welcomes new dementia e-learning tool and resources 29 AUGUST 12
Family, friends and health staff working with older adults affected by dementia, depression and anxiety have a new online resource to tap into.
MP Chester Borrows congratulates WDHB for elective surgery results 28 AUGUST 12
Before returning to Wellington on Tuesday, Whanganui MP Chester Borrows met with key Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) staff to congratulate them for their input into the WDHB’s outstanding elective surgery results.
Te Awhina launches appeal for school art to decorate walls 27 AUGUST 12
Te Awhina staff are keen to find talented secondary school art students who would like to donate a favourite painting to hang on the walls of Whanganui's recently refurbished acute mental health unit facility.
WDHB tightens school dental processes 24 AUGUST 12
An annual school dental service quality audit undertaken by the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) has confirmed that a small number of children in the Marton area did not receive follow-up dental care after their initial assessment, within the timeframes considered best practice by the Ministry of Health.
Not long left to get entries in for health awards 20 AUGUST 12
As the closing date for entries in the 2012 Whanganui Health and Disability Quality Awards fast approaches, this year's organising committee is urging Whanganui's health workers to reflect on their achievements and get their entries in.
Health Passport to assist those with disabilities 13 AUGUST 12
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) residents with disabilities have a new tool at their disposal - a nationally designed Health Passport designed to help nursing and medical staff understand their care and support needs.
WDHB's head nurse welcomes care survey findings 06 AUGUST 12
Wanganui Hospital is making good progress in seeking to understand how falls, pressure injuries, incontinence and malnutrition affect our population and what it can do to minimise the risk for hospital patients and rest home residents.
Countdown to host fundraiser ball for Children's Ward 31 JULY 12
There's growing excitement in Wanganui Hospital's Children's Ward. For the first time ever, the Countdown Supermarket chain is extending its annual fundraising appeal to include Wanganui Hospital's Children's Ward.
Natural therapy service soon to be offered at Wanganui Hospital 19 JULY 12
Wanganui Hospital is to join the handful of New Zealand hospitals now offering a natural therapy service for those keen to receive therapies and treatments very much focused on spirituality and the healing and strengthening of the mind.
Drop-in child health clinics expanded 13 JULY 12
The Whanganui Regional Primary Health Organisation (WRPHO) has expanded its free immunisation clinics and B4 School Checks to try and capture Whanganui pre-school children who are missing out.
WRPHO and WDHB announce free after hours care for under-sixes 11 JULY 12
Parents across the Whanganui district are celebrating the fact their children under six years of age now have access to free publicly funded after-hours primary health care, in addition to the free care they already receive during normal working hours.
WDHB tops national effort to immunise girls against cervical cancer 11 JULY 12
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) has out-performed the country's 19 other DHBs in its efforts to vaccinate Year 8 girls against cervical cancer.
Background information on the Regional Women's Health Service development plan 06 JULY 12
Last month the Whanganui (22 June) and MidCentral District Health Boards (26 June) resolved to support the development of the Regional Women's Health Service (RWHS) with specialist services provided at Wanganui and Palmerston North Hospitals.
Whanganui and MidCentral DHBs determine Regional Women's Health Service process 06 JULY 12
Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Boards have directed their clinicians and management to draw up a development plan and specifications for the Regional Women's Health Service (RWHS).
New awards for Whanganui Health and Disability Quality Awards 27 JUNE 12
This year's Whanganui Health and Disability Quality Awards will be bigger and better with four new award categories presented at the 31 October awards presentation dinner.
Please return our wheelchairs 27 JUNE 12
Wanganui Hospital orderlies are struggling to find wheelchairs for patients needing to be moved around the hospital and to and from cars.
WDHB announces women's health decision 22 JUNE 12
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) members have voted unanimously for Option 2 – one of the three options that Whanganui and MidCentral DHB management and clinicians put forward for the Regional Women's Health Service (RWHS) plan at today's WDHB board meeting.
Letter to the Editor: Regional Women's Health Service 22 JUNE 12
Tomorrow, the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) meets to discuss and vote on the proposed Regional Women's Health Service - one of the most important decisions we will make during my time as board chair.
Boards to consider three Regional Women's Health Service options 18 JUNE 12
The Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Boards (WDHB and MDHB) are to consider three options for the Regional Women's Health Service (RWHS) plan.
WDHB invests in new PACS system 15 JUNE 12
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) has launched a new Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS), as a prerequisite for the Central Region Information Systems Project (CRISP) - a single regional information technology system.
Wanganui Hospital treats first cases in whooping cough epidemic 08 JUNE 12
Four young children with whooping cough have been admitted to Wanganui Hospital during the past two weeks prompting a reminder from paediatrics clinical nurse manager Janene Louwrens to make sure children are immunised against the disease.
Hikurangi Residential Home announces closure 30 MAY 12
Following consultation with their staff and residents, the Hikurangi rest home board has announced the facility will close in four weeks time.
WDHB introduces new VIP coordinator 30 MAY 12
Newly appointed Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) Violence Intervention Programme coordinator Barbara Charuk, is strongly committed to the DHB's obligation to screen for family violence and raise awareness that help is at hand.
WDHB placed high on the health target leader board 29 MAY 12
The Whanganui District Health Board's (WDHB) publically stated commitment to see the WDHB placed in the top 10 for each of the six health targets has all but been achieved.
We're a no-smoking zone says WDHB 28 MAY 12
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is marking World Smokefree Day (31 May) with a strong reminder that Wanganui Hospital is a no smoking zone.
Te Awhina opens first stage of refurbishment 25 MAY 12
Following a dawn blessing on Thursday, Te Awhina staff and service users will move into the acute adult inpatient unit's newly renovated living and sleeping facilities tomorrow marking completion of the first stage of the unit's significant rebuild.
Hikurangi Residential Home board considers its future 17 MAY 12
The Hikurangi Residential Home board begins a consultation process today with its staff and residents to discuss the future of Hikurangi.
Collaborative nursing efforts the focus of International Nurses Day celebration 11 MAY 12
Wanganui Hospital's senior nursing staff will be out visiting every ward in the hospital on Saturday to meet with nurses and acknowledge the invaluable, round-the-clock work they do for the hospital and patients.
Regional Women's Health Service proposal submission period now closed 10 MAY 12
Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Board chief executives Julie Patterson (WDHB) and Murray Georgel (MDHB) are pleased with the number of individuals, groups and organisations who invested time and effort to lodge submissions on the Regional Women's Health Service proposal.
WDHB Safety Culture Survey 2012 begins today 07 MAY 12
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) staff members are being encouraged to take part in a comprehensive safety culture survey beginning from today, 7 May, through to 20 May.
Letter to the Editor: Response to Jay Kuten 07 MAY 12
It's not often I'm moved to respond to misinformed opinion pieces in our local newspaper but Jay Kuten's column published this week demands a strong response.
Submissions reminder 04 MAY 12
Whanganui residents are reminded that submissions to the WDHB's Regional Women's Health Services (RWHS) proposal close in five days time on 9 May at 4pm.
Office of the Auditor-General declines tender process review 20 APRIL 12
The Office of the Auditor-General has declined a request from the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) to review the WDHB's tender process for construction work at acute mental health unit, Te Awhina.
Whanganui health sector celebrates Immunisation Week 23 to 29 April 20 APRIL 12
A poster competition for primary and intermediate school pupils and a colouring competition for kindergarten pupils is how Whanganui district will mark Immunisation Week from 23 April.
Open letter to the Whanganui community 20 APRIL 12
While we continue to consult with our community on the Regional Women's Health Service proposal, Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is pleased to advise that we are reasonably confident we will have an ongoing 24 hour, seven day a week Women's Health Service for the foreseeable future.
WDHB receives pleasing certification results 20 APRIL 12
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) has been awarded high praise in a recently released surveillance report.
Letter to the Editor 11 APRIL 12
The recent interest in our hospital services has been very encouraging, however it was with concern that I read Dave Feickert's recent letter titled Maternity move fears.
Parents urged to keep children's dental appointments 10 APRIL 12
'No shows' or more correctly, parents who fail to honour appointments at mobile and fixed dental clinics, are causing headaches for Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) dental therapists.
Chief executive stands by security incident investigation 10 APRIL 12
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) has rejected criticism of its investigation of a security incident at Wanganui Hospital last month.
Home of Compassion closure completed 05 APRIL 12
The Aubert Home of Compassion has closed its doors this week and apart from four residents who have chosen to move out of the district, all other residents have been relocated to alternative aged care facilities within the Whanganui region.
Whanganui and MidCentral Health Boards extend consultation period 02 APRIL 12
After listening to the Whanganui community's concerns about the Regional Women's Health Service proposal the Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Boards (DHBs) have extended their consultation period.
Regional Women's Health Service public meetings advert 28 MARCH 12
Advertisement placed in local newspapers to publicise the Regional Women's Health Service public meetings
Letter to the Editor: WDHB meetings with the public are extensive 26 MARCH 12
After reading Jay Kuten's March 23 Letter to the Editor I feel it warrants a reply.
Joint WDHB-Pathways respite house proves highly successful 23 MARCH 12
A respite house and service opened in Whanganui last year for young people aged 15 to 20 experiencing mental health issues is 'just what the doctor ordered' for the young people using it and their families.
Aubert Home of Compassion announces closure 05 MARCH 12
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) announced today the Aubert Home of Compassion at 2 Virginia Road, Whanganui is no longer able to provide contracted aged care services due to safety concerns around its buildings.
WDHB board approves next step around Regional Women's Health Services proposal 02 MARCH 12
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) has given its approval for the Regional Women's Health Services proposal relating to the future of Whanganui's maternity and gynaecological specialist services to move to the public engagement phase.
WDHB receives pleasing target results for second quarter 28 FEBRUARY 12
The Whanganui District Health Board's (WDHB) second quarter target results for 2011/2012 show the WDHB taking top place for the Better diabetes and cardiovascular services (81 percent), first equal for Shorter waits for cancer treatment (100 percent achieved by all DHBs) and second place with 115 percent for Improved access to elective surgery.
WDHB board member requests more details 23 FEBRUARY 12
WDHB board chair Kate Joblin rejects Michael Laws' comments regarding the quality of the Regional Women's Health proposal and the need for board members to assess the way the proposal was created, as reported in the Wanganui Chronicle today.
Serious and Sentinel Events Report 2011 20 FEBRUARY 12
Nine patients suffered serious harm unrelated to their planned treatment during their stay in Wanganui Hospital last year - the same number of serious and sentinel events recorded by the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) in 2010.
WDHB board consider Regional Women's Health Service proposal 17 FEBRUARY 12
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) met today to consider the Regional Women's Health Services proposal which the board's statutory committees considered last week.
WDHB committees consider Regional Women's Health Service proposal 10 FEBRUARY 12
There was wide community attendance at today's Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) joint committee meeting to consider the Regional Women's Health Services proposal put forward by clinicians and management.
DHBs to consider a proposal for changes to maternity services 08 FEBRUARY 12
The Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Boards (WDHB and MDHB) will shortly be considering a proposal to make changes to the Regional Women's Health Service. The proposal, led by the clinical leaders with management from both DHBs, is driven by ensuring the safety and quality of services for women and their babies, well into the future.
WDHB welcomes Ministry of Health measles campaign that targets young adults 18 JANUARY 12
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) has welcomed a new 'Measles-Free Summer' Facebook campaign launched yesterday by the Ministry of Health to try and reach teenagers and young adults - the two populations most affected by the current national upsurge in measles cases.
WDHB dietitians join their MDHB colleagues under new contract 17 JANUARY 12
Whanganui residents requiring dietary advice now have access to a significantly larger, more comprehensive dietetics service.
WDHB calls for response to medical records destruction 16 JANUARY 12
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is urging any members of the public who wish to request their pre-2001 medical records to contact the hospital's health records department as soon as possible.
Rise in measles cases prompts WDHB warning 22 DECEMBER 11
An upsurge in measles cases nationally has prompted the Whanganui District Health Board to urge families to check their immunisations are up-to-date and to see their doctor immediately if they or a family member have not been immunised.
WDHB offers support to smokers for 1 January tax increase 19 DECEMBER 11
The Whanganui health sector has help on hand for smokers wanting to begin the New Year by quitting smoking.
Roast lamb and chicken on Christmas Day menu 16 DECEMBER 11
Roast lamb and chicken served with roast vegetables, baby carrots and beans; steamed plum pudding with brandy sauce; or sugar free jelly and fruit, will be served to patients spending Christmas Day at Wanganui and Palmerston North Hospitals.
Whanganui tops two health target results 29 NOVEMBER 11
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) has much to celebrate having topped two of the six Ministry of Health quarter one health target results released today.
New skin clinics for Whanganui patients 23 NOVEMBER 11
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) has contracted dermatologist Dr Darshan Singh to provide a monthly clinic for public patients at Wanganui Hospital where the first clinic took place last month.
Health Minister announces Te Awhina refurbishment 16 NOVEMBER 11
Health Minister Tony Ryall made a brief visit to Wanganui Hospital today to announce a major redevelopment of Whanganui District Health Board's mental health acute unit, Te Awhina.
WDHB welcomes new doctors 11 NOVEMBER 11
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is delighted to have a full complement of junior doctors who've recently arrived from as far away as the United Kingdom, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and India to join Wanganui Hospital.
Domestic violence screening well received by women 11 NOVEMBER 11
The family violence screening programme introduced in Wanganui Hospital's Emergency Department mid last year has been well received by the women asked if they have been experiencing violence in their homes.
Timely immunisations a must says WDHB 08 NOVEMBER 11
Overall, the Whanganui District Health Board's (WDHB) immunisation steering group is pleased with Whanganui's immunisation rates and the 91 percent target rating achieved by the WDHB in the first quarter of the 2011/2012 year.
Smokefree Day 25 OCTOBER 11
Whanganui has the third highest rate of smoking in New Zealand and the highest rate for female Maori smoking.
WDHB to research caring for older Maori 19 OCTOBER 11
The Whanganui District Health Board's (WDHB) three advisory committees recently discussed the intention to explore how elderly Maori and Pacific peoples prefer to live, and what barriers they might face if living in aged care residential homes is not their preferred choice.
Whanganui to get second opthalmologist 14 OCTOBER 11
The Wanganui Eyecare and Medical Trust and Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) are joining forces to bring a second ophthalmologist to the Whanganui region.
Whanganui women urged to have mammogram 06 OCTOBER 11
Mammograms can find very small cancers before a woman is able to feel a lump in her breast.
Mental Health Awareness Week 04 OCTOBER 11
"Get in the Game" is the theme for this year's Mental Health Awareness Week from October 10 to 16 - a challenge to Whanganui residents to get out and enjoy the range of activities on offer throughout the week.
WDHB and WRPHO launch innovative new blood thinning monitoring programme 26 SEPTEMBER 11
A new and much improved system for starting people on blood thinning medication comes into use today with the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) and Whanganui Regional Primary Health Organisation (WRPHO) jointly introducing the Warfarin Clinical Pathway.
Letter to the Manawatu Standard Editor 26 SEPTEMBER 11
As a result of a lot of hard work and effort from staff across our organisation, the Whanganui District Health Board is pleased to report it will post a $3.1m financial deficit for 2010/11 rather than the forecast $4.9 million approved deficit reported in your paper on 16 and 20 September.
Whanganui and MidCentral alliance growing 22 SEPTEMBER 11
The alliance between Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Boards continues to grow, benefiting both communities, say their respective Board Chairs Kate Joblin and Phil Sunderland.
Community responds generously to Pink Ladies' request 16 SEPTEMBER 11
Wanganui Hospital's Pink Ladies have been overwhelmed by the Whanganui community's generous response to their plea for more volunteers.
WDHB's prison-based hepatitis C clinic running smoothly 15 SEPTEMBER 11
Four prisoners are currently being treated for hepatitis C through the Outpatients clinic the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) established at Whanganui Prison in February.
WDHB banner to greet Whanganui airport and i-SITE visitors 09 SEPTEMBER 11
From this week, a large display banner featuring Wanganui Hospital medical consultant Dr Chinweuba Ubani will greet national and international visitors passing through Wanganui Airport and Wanganui Visitor Centre.
WDHB physiotherapy staff celebrate World Physiotherapy Day 07 SEPTEMBER 11
Wanganui Hospital physiotherapists and invited physiotherapists working in private practice have a big day planned for today's World Physiotherapy Day.
Cervical Screening Month a prompt for Whanganui women 05 SEPTEMBER 11
Whanganui women are urged to view the September Cervical Screening Awareness Month campaign as a prompt to take control of their health.
Sudden Death Protocol agreement signed 05 SEPTEMBER 11
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB), Whanganui Police, Whanganui iwi (Te Runanga o Tupoho) and the Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authority have signed a formal Sudden Death Protocol agreement.
Pink Ladies seek new volunteers 31 AUGUST 11
Wanganui Hospital's Pink Ladies need to boost their numbers, and they need to do so quickly.
WDHB posts pleasing health target results 30 AUGUST 11
The Ministry of Health's quarter four health target results released today, show the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) ranked second of 20 DHBs for its elective surgery, and diabetes and cardiovascular services results; third for its success in helping smokers to quit; and first equal for its success in providing shorter waiting times for cancer treatment.
Whanganui Health & Disability Quality Awards 2011 22 AUGUST 11
Whanganui's August 18 Health & Disability Quality Awards were such a success, WDHB Chief Executive Julie Patterson has suggested the organising committee should consider holding the event annually.
First centralAlliance Clinical Leaders Forum sets priorities 28 JULY 11
Whanganui and MidCentral communities can be assured their health needs are in good hands says Allied Health Regional Director Kim Fry - one of nine senior clinicians appointed to the newly established centralAlliance Clinical Leaders Forum.
centralAlliance Allied Health efforts in good heart says director 28 JULY 11
The benefits that people will gain from changes that Whanganui DHB and MidCentral DHB Allied Health staff are making to their health services, cannot be underestimated says Regional Director Allied Health Kim Fry.
DHBs commit to region planning 21 JULY 11
The six District Health Boards (DHBs) providing health services to the central region are committed more than ever to working together to co-ordinate the planning and delivery of health services in the lower part of the North Island.
New health assessment tool for older adults hailed a success 19 JULY 11
The method used to assess the medical, rehabilitation and support needs of older residents wanting to live in their home rather than an aged care facility is now much improved says Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) health of older people senior portfolio manager Andrea Bunn.
WDHB introduces new, bright yellow, sharps disposal containers 15 JULY 11
The approximately 500 people in the community who inject themselves daily with insulin are to be given bright yellow 1.4 litre BD Sharps Collectors for the disposal of their used needles.
First joint health needs assessment of WDHB and MDHB residents 13 JULY 11
A report on the health status of Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Board (DHBs) residents has found that while mortality rates have improved, the rates for WDHB residents were consistently higher than MDHB and national rates.
High praise for Wanganui Hospital's surgical services 07 JULY 11
Wanganui Hospital's first surgical education and training programme 'advanced-level' trainee has left Whanganui with nothing but praise for the hospital and the staff she worked with.
WDHB receives accreditation to train geriatricians 30 JUNE 11
The Whanganui District Health Board's (WDHB) recent accreditation as a training hospital for advanced trainees in geriatric medicine is a major boost to the board’s efforts to improve specialist healthcare for older people.
Spotless staff celebrate Stepping Stones graduation 15 JUNE 11
Ten determined Wanganui Hospital-based Spotless staff received loud applause when their friends, colleagues and family members gathered at a morning tea yesterday to celebrate their completion of the new Stepping Stones literacy, language and numeracy skills course.
WDHB Board members visit AT&R (Caption story) 14 JUNE 11
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) members discuss rehabilitation equipment while visiting Wanganui Hospital's Assessment, Treatment & Rehabilitation (AT&R) ward late last week.
Parents urged to immunise children 02 JUNE 11
June 7 marks the start of the WDHB's three-week Boostrix vaccination programme against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) for Year 7 school students.
WDHB achieves two top health target results 27 MAY 11
And the WDHB ranked second highest among the country's 20 DHBs for providing better diabetes and cardiovascular services.
WDHB Outpatients Department introduces text message reminders 24 MAY 11
Wanganui Hospital's Outpatients Department is introducing a text message reminder system to tackle missed appointments head on.
WDHB takes the lead in introducing new medication charts 23 MAY 11
The way in which doctors prescribe medications at Wanganui Hospital has undergone a significant change in recent days.
WDHB promises highest level investigation of patient error 17 MAY 11
The Whanganui District Health Board has accepted full responsibility for an error that saw a woman being given a muscle relaxant before, rather than after, she was anaesthetised in theatre yesterday.
Joint women's surgical initiative 'very worthwhile' 13 MAY 11
A joint MidCentral and Whanganui District Health Board gynaecological surgery initiative that offered women from MidCentral District Health Board (MDHB) district the chance to have their surgery performed earlier at Wanganui Hospital has been a very worthwhile project.
WDHB and Imlay Butchers Shop join forces to create healthier sausages 13 MAY 11
WDHB Public Health Nurse Marianne Vine and Wanganui's Imlay Butchers Shop have formed a successful partnership founded on the need to create a 'healthy' sausage for community sausage sizzles.
WDHB's new sonographer impressed with hospital and...our city 13 MAY 11
Wanganui Hospital's two-year search for a third sonographer is over. Former Waikato Hospital sonographer Jennifer Evanson has joined WDHB's radiology team who she says provide an outstanding service.
Whanganui midwives take to road to raise awareness of maternal mortality 03 MAY 11
Midwives and their supporters worldwide are walking to raise awareness and funds to help tackle global inequalities in maternal and newborn health.
WDHB's nurses working smarter 13 APRIL 11
The Whanganui District Health Board's (WDHB) commitment to ensuring that Wanganui Hospital's nursing staff spend more time with patients and less time on administration, looking for supplies and dealing with interruptions that keep them away from patients, is paying off.
Independent assessor credentials Wanganui Hospital's ophthalmology department 06 APRIL 11
Wanganui Hospital's ophthalmology department recently became the first Wanganui medical service to be credentialed by an independent assessor from within the centralAlliance.
MDHB patient 'Treated like Royalty' in Wanganui Hospital 06 APRIL 11
A MidCentral District Health Board patient, one of around 100 women so far offered clinical care including surgery, at Wanganui Hospital, feels she was 'treated with respect and dignity' on the day.
Primary care health fact sheet for Christchurch residents transferring to Whanganui 05 MARCH 11
Aware that some Christchurch residents may relocate to Whanganui, the Whanganui District Health Board and Whanganui Regional Primary Health Organisation have prepared a primary health care fact sheet.
WDHB and MDHB Share Same Midwifery Advisor 04 MARCH 11
Whanganui, and MidCentral District Health Boards have appointed new midwifery advisor, Dr Cheryl Benn, who will work for both boards under the centralAlliance joint Women’s Health Services.
WDHB supports Schizophrenia Awareness Week 03 MARCH 11
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) will be a key player in next week's national Schizophrenia Awareness Week.
WDHB health targets show further improvement 02 MARCH 11
Health targets released this week by the Ministry of Health showed the Whanganui District Health Board continued to lift its performance in the last quarter, ending December 2010.
Christchurch Earthquake Update 01 MARCH 11
The Whanganui District Health Board is urging families with elderly relatives receiving support and living in Christchurch not to bring them to Whanganui without going through the formal coordinated process.
Wanganui Hospital receives three year certification 01 MARCH 11
The Whanganui District Health Board has received three-year certification to provide health care services under section 26 of the Health and Disability Services Act 2001 at Wanganui Hospital.
Christchurch Earthquake Health Response 24 FEBRUARY 11
Like all DHBs across the country, Whanganui remains on Code red.
WDHB asks public not to call hospital with offers to donate blood 23 FEBRUARY 11
Please do not call Wanganui Hospital with offers to donate blood.
First centralAlliance urology operations performed in Wanganui 18 FEBRUARY 11
The first urology operations provided under Whanganui and MidCentral DHBs’ broadened, regional urology service were performed at Wanganui Hospital last week.
Violence Intervention 14 FEBRUARY 11
Wanganui District Health Board is stepping up its effort to address family violence.
Shared Security Services 14 FEBRUARY 11
centralAlliance partners Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Boards have appointed a new joint security and fire risk manager.
WDHB appoints non-board committee members 07 FEBRUARY 11
The Whanganui District Health Board’s first meeting for the year included the appointment of non-board members to the committees governed by the board.
Changes ahead for WDHB 07 FEBRUARY 11
Whanganui District Health Board Chief Executive Julie Patterson has recently released a proposal that, if introduced, will strengthen the leadership role of the doctors, nurses and other health professionals across the organisation.
WDHB Mental Health review applauded 27 JANUARY 11
The Whanganui District Health Board has received high praise for its improvements to mental health service acute unit, Te Awhina.
WDHB performs well 27 JANUARY 11
The Whanganui District Health Board performed well in the July to September quarter almost reaching every one of five national targets set down by the Ministry of Health.
Taihape Palliative Care Services 10 DECEMBER 10
The Whanganui District Health Board has today reconfirmed that the home based community palliative care services will remain in Taihape and that Arohanui Hospice will continue to provide specialist palliative care services, including inpatient services.
Director of Maori Health's appointment widely welcomed 06 DECEMBER 10
Whanganui District Health Board has today welcomed their new Director of Maori Health, Gilbert Taurua, with a Powhiri at Te Aohou Marae.
Taihape Residential Care Services Update 06 DECEMBER 10
The Whanganui District Health Board is confident that all the residents will have a new home before the residential care services in Taihape close on the 12 December 2010.
Wanganui Hospital National Care Indicators Survey 03 DECEMBER 10
Following on from the recent release of the National Care Indicators Survey results for aged care providers in the region, the Whanganui District Health Board has today released the results of same survey carried out at the Wanganui Hospital.
2010/2011 Quarter One National Health Target results 03 DECEMBER 10
The Whanganui District Health Board's national health target results were praised at today’s Hospital Advisory Committee meeting.
Regional Women's Health Service Initiative 30 NOVEMBER 10
As part of the Regional Women's Health Service, the Whanganui Hospital will perform 150 elective gynaecology surgeries for MidCentral patients over the next year.
Liquidator Confirms Closure of Residential Care Service 29 NOVEMBER 10
The Whanganui DHB has today received formal notification from the liquidator that he is unable to continue to provide residential care services in Taihape and has disclaimed the contracts.
Maternity Services to Continue in Taihape 26 NOVEMBER 10
After meeting with the midwives earlier this week; the Whanganui District Health Board can confirm the current maternity services in Taihape will continue.
Dual Board Members Does Not Signal End of Services 24 NOVEMBER 10
The appointment of three board members on both Whanganui and MidCentral district health boards does not signal the end of health services in Wanganui.
Primary and Community Services to Continue in Taihape 23 NOVEMBER 10
The full range of primary and community based health services in Taihape are continuing.
Minister Appoints board chair, deputy chair and board members 22 NOVEMBER 10
The Minister of Health, Tony Ryall, has today appointed the board chair, deputy chair and four board members for the Whanganui District Health Board.
Taihape Family and Community Meetings 18 NOVEMBER 10
Over the last two days the Whanganui DHB board chair, chief executive and a general manager have been in Taihape holding individual meetings with each of the families who will be affected by the closure of the residential care facility.
Serious and Sentinel Events Report 17 NOVEMBER 10
The Wanganui District Health Board has welcomed today's annual report of serious and sentinel events released by the Health Quality & Safety Commission New Zealand.
Otaihape Update 16 NOVEMBER 10
The Whanganui District Health Board met yesterday with the liquidator who explained his role in the management of the voluntary liquidation of Otaihape Health Limited.
Otaihape has Entered into Voluntarily Liquidation 12 NOVEMBER 10
The Whanganui District Health Board has been notified that Otaihape Health Limited has entered into voluntarily liquidation.
Whanganui DHB Farewells Three Board Members 12 NOVEMBER 10
Three high profile, respected Whanganui District Health Board members have been farewelled at today's board meeting.
National Care Indicators Survey 08 NOVEMBER 10
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) invested in their commitment to improving patient outcomes with the establishment of a dedicated Centre for Patient Safety and Service Quality.
MRT Strike Costing Whanganui District Health Board 05 NOVEMBER 10
The nation-wide two day full withdrawal of labour on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 November has resulted in 30 patients' radiology appointments at Wanganui Hospital being postponed.
Coroner's Findings 27 SEPTEMBER 10
Whanganui District Health Board has today received a copy of the Coroner's findings in relation to the death of Mrs Sharna Ah Chookoon.
Decontamination Exercise 15 SEPTEMBER 10
Wanganui Hospital Emergency Department tested their decontamination process today in a planned exercise with the Wanganui Fire Brigade and St John Ambulance.
Wanganui Hospital welcomes 14 New Doctors 03 SEPTEMBER 10
Last night, Whanganui District Health Board officially welcomed 14 new doctors, who have arrived over the past three months, to Wanganui Hospital.
National Health Target Results 27 AUGUST 10
Whanganui District Health Board continues to make good progress towards meeting the National Health Targets, with the end of year results released today by the Minister of Health.
Otaihape Decision 20 AUGUST 10
The Board has today unanimously agreed to give the services at Taihape a second chance by providing a support package valued at close to half a million dollars to Otaihape Health Limited.
Whanganui DHB to Lead Obesity Prevention 20 AUGUST 10
At today's Board meeting the Strategic Action Plan for tackling obesity was presented and it was agreed by all members that tacking obesity is a high priority for the Whanganui District Health Board.
Mental Health Review Reinforces Earlier Findings 20 AUGUST 10
The Whanganui District Health Board has released the report from the recent review of the Te Awhina acute mental health unit in the Board papers.
Stop the Spread of Influenza 11 AUGUST 10
Seasonal influenza, including swine flu, has returned this winter with vengeance. The Whanganui District Health Board is reminding all visitors to stay home if they are infected to help prevent the spread of the virus.
Good Start to Joint Contract 06 AUGUST 10
MidCentral and Whanganui District Health Board's new joint contract with Spotless Services has successfully commenced this week.
Whanganui DHB First to Receive Approval 29 JULY 10
Whanganui District Health Board is the first in New Zealand to receive confirmation that their 2010/2011 District Annual Plan (DAP) has been approved by Health Minister Tony Ryall.
Emergency Department Patient Volumes Increasing 23 JULY 10
As with many other Hospitals in New Zealand, the public demand for services at the Emergency Department at Wanganui Hospital has significantly increased.
Decision Document Released Today 23 JULY 10
Whanganui District Health Board Chief Executive Julie Patterson today released a Decision Document on how the organisation could safely reduce its spending.
Shared Clinical Technology 22 JULY 10
A shared clinical information system for the management and audit of existing colposcopy services for women using the Regional Women's Health Service of Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Boards has been implemented.
WDHB apologises to patient 24 JUNE 10
Whanganui District Health Board has apologised to a young woman over lack of informed consent.
WDHB achieves baby-friendly status 24 JUNE 10
Whanganui District Health Board has recently been awarded 'baby-friendly hospital' status.
Bariatric Surgery Not Withheld says WDHB 17 JUNE 10
Whanganui District Health Board is strongly denying that a promise of surgery was made to an obese woman that was later withdrawn.
Patients to Benefit from Joint Contract 16 JUNE 10
Spotless Services NZ has won the joint contract for facilities management and hotel services at MidCentral and Whanganui District Health Board.
Patient Safety Survey First for New Zealand 12 APRIL 10
A patient safety survey will be launched in the Whanganui region involving about 600 patients in both hospital and local nursing and rest homes.
Strong Support for Whanau Ora Strategy 08 APRIL 10
Whanganui District Health Board is delighted by, and strongly supports, the Government's Whanau Ora report which was released today.
Joint Commercial Support Services 29 MARCH 10
Good Interest in Requests for Proposal for centralAlliance Joint Commercial Support Services
Forced Merger Fears Ungrounded 19 FEBRUARY 10
Fears that Whanganui and MidCentral district health boards are facing a forced merger are ungrounded says Whanganui Board Chair Kate Joblin.
Clinicians welcome new ultrasound machines 09 FEBRUARY 10
A challenge by Wanganui Eye Care Trust has seen two new ultrasound machines bought for Whanganui Hospital at a cost of about $50,000 each.