Whanganui Stop Smoking Service achieves outstanding result in first year

25 September

Whanganui Stop Smoking Service, Nga Taura Tuhono, is celebrating its first year knowing that, compared with all other New Zealand ‘quit’ services, they have achieved the highest rate of engagement with people who smoke – and more importantly, that many of those people have quit altogether.

Changes in Fees for Children Under 13 at Whanganui Accident and Medical

In recent months, particularly during the month of July, the Whanganui Accident and Medical (WAM) clinic has experienced increasing numbers of patients presenting.  There are various reasons for this, including seasonal illnesses, such as colds and flu.  This trend is expected to continue throughout August and September and as a result, patients may experience considerable waiting times at WAM.  Peak times in the clinic are Monday’s and Friday’s, between the hours of 9am and 4pm. 

Do you know the difference between a cold and flu?

While Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) recognises that winter illnesses can be very unpleasant, Health promotion officer Chester Penaflor says feeling unwell doesn’t always require a visit to the doctor.

Concerned by reports that people are seeking medical help from their doctor, Whanganui Accident & Medical (WAM) and Whanganui Hospital’s Emergency Department for common colds, Mr Penaflor says it’s important people understand the difference between a cold and the flu.

Advanced Care Plan advanced form utilisation by various pratices in the Whanganui region.

WDHB chief executive Julie Patterson announces resignation

1 May 2017

Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) chief executive Julie Patterson has announced she will step down from her role in late October this year.

Mrs Patterson informed WDHB board chair Dot McKinnon, the board and senior staff on Friday following what she described as a great deal of thought.

Mrs McKinnon said while she will be very sad to see Mrs Patterson leave, “I have full faith that the skills Julie has brought to Whanganui DHB will be put to good use in other areas of the health sector for which she has served for close to 50 years”.

WDHB to launch two new mental health programmes for parents

7 April 2017

Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is launching two new programmes designed to support clinicians working with parents or caregivers who experience mental illness.

Called Keeping Families and Children in Mind and Let’s Talk, both programmes are focused on encouraging conversations that help children better understand what their parents are experiencing and very importantly - that they didn’t cause their parents’ illness.

WDHB gets behind April Falls Month

4 April 2017

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.

National clinical lead for the HQSC’s Reducing Harm from Falls Programme and Whanganui DHB director of nursing, patient safety and quality Sandy Blake says April Falls Month is a good time to focus on the problem of falls and the harm that falls can cause – especially for older people.

WDHB advises people to look after their mental health over Christmas

Media Release
8 December 2016

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.

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