Media Releases
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Change in CBAC COVID-19 testing hours

From Monday, 1 March, the Whanganui Hospital campus CBAC, which provides tests for COVID-19, will be open from 8am to 2pm, Monday to Friday. 

Relay For Life close to hearts of MICAMHAS & Friends

Raising funds for the Cancer Society is a cause close to the hearts of Whanganui District Health Board’s “MICAMHAS & Friends” Relay For Life team.

Measles vaccine pop-up visits River Markets  

A nationwide measles immunisation campaign reached Whanganui’s River Markets on Saturday, as immunisation coordinators and registered nurses joined forces to raise awareness about the measles vaccine.

Art exhibition focuses on inclusion and aiding recovery

The Stanford House Mahi Toi exhibition -- launched at the Community Arts Centre on Taupo Quay – features the work of clients of the medium secure forensic unit at Whanganui Hospital.

Positive response to DHB’s Masters Games initiative

The positive response to its involvement in the New Zealand Masters Games has delighted Whanganui District Health Board.

Workforce Development fund available

Applications are open for the Health Workforce New Zealand Hauora Māori Training Fund and Māori Support Fund.  

Whanganui district leaders declare NZ Masters Games a ‘COVID Safety Zone’

Whanganui district leadership has declared the upcoming Downer New Zealand Masters Games, being hosted by the town and district, a “COVID Safety Zone.”

Free fitness and wellbeing events as part of Masters Games

WDHB is offering free fitness and recovery sessions and health and wellbeing seminars at the Masters Games Hub, Whanganui War Memorial Centre.

FREE measles vaccines now available from pharmacies

Free MMR vaccinations are now available at Unichem, Central City Pharmacy and Countdown Pharmacy. MMR vaccines are also available through GPs and schools.

DHB excited to be Health Partner for Downer New Zealand Masters Games

Whanganui District Health Board is proud to be the Health Partner for the 2021 Downer New Zealand Masters Games. This is the first year the DHB has partnered with the Games, hailed as an “important move” by WDHB chief executive Russell Simpson.

Hospital Christmas Day meal

Whanganui Hospital will be serving patients a delicious Christmas Day menu on December 25, beginning with a traditional meal at midday. 

DHB team step up to save Santa’s Christmas

Father Christmas faces a lot of challenges at this very busy time of year… but a positive bowel screening test was the last thing he expected.

COVID-19 safety tips and hospital services over Christmas

15 December 2020 Dr Patrick O’Connor, Medical Officer of Health, says more people are likely to be travelling into and out of the Whanganui region and socialising generally over the holiday...

Grumps show their mettle and raise a smile

Whanganui’s lauded Grumpy Old Men have again put a smile on the faces of staff at Whanganui Hospital’s children’s ward with a generous donation.

Bloomfield acknowledges Sir Arthur’s legacy ahead of visit

New Zealand Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says it is an honour to be invited to Whanganui to give the Porritt Lecture.

A year of success in the fight against bowel cancer

Whanganui District Health Board has celebrated a successful first year of its bowel screening programme.

Bloomfield to give public lecture in Whanganui

Dr Ashley Bloomfield will be in Whanganui next week as guest speaker for the Porritt Lecture.

Waimarino Health Centre makeover moves ahead

A significant step forward has been taken in the expansion of the Waimarino Health Centre with the appointment of architect and design company Jasmax Central.

Measles vaccine is FREE and available NOW  

While we await vaccine for COVID-19, immunisation is available for measles – a disease which is eight times more contagious than coronavirus.

Calls for extra vigilance during Mardi Gras weekend

With more than 7000 people expected at Mardi Gras in Ohakune on Saturday, health officials are calling for locals and visitors to be extra vigilant for virus symptoms.

Big turnout as hospital chapel turns 50

It was standing room only on Sunday as the 50th anniversary of Whanganui Hospital’s chapel was celebrated in style.

Bikes get new lease of life at Stanford House

Stanford House and clients/tangata whaiora are learning new skills and supporting the wider community by bringing back to life abandoned and broken bicycles.   

Day of celebration for those who stepped up in the crisis

The sterling work of allied health professionals has been celebrated around the world … with Whanganui staff among those earning accolades.

Collaborative approach to developing Pasifika community hub

Community connections made because of Covid-19 have resulted in a positive outcome for Whanganui Cook Island Christian Church and Rivercity Fijian Assembly of God Church, who have been given Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) funding for a community hall.

Video consultations a positive outcome of COVID pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has changed things in many walks of life, and it has particularly impacted on health services - one significant impact has been the rise of “telehealth”.

Valuable heritage collection submitted to Whanganui Heritage Awards

24 September 2020        Whanganui Hospital’s valuable heritage collection has been submitted in the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Heritage’ category for the Whanganui Heritage Awards.

Celebrating social workers this September

Aotearoa NZ Social Workers’ Day is Wednesday 23 September and Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is celebrating the mahi of local social workers.

Smart and stylish – new uniforms brighten hospital

The smart work being done at Whanganui Hospital may look a little smarter as staff go about their work in new uniforms.

Rocking red shoes for the health of our tamariki

September is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Month and Whanganui District Health Board health promoter Chester Penaflor is painting red shoes on more than 50 rocks to be placed around the city in support of the Red Shoes Rock kaupapa.

Mental health & wellbeing during COVID-19

It's totally normal to feel a bit shaken and on-edge right now. There are a number of free apps and online self-help tools to help you manage your mental wellbeing. Looking after yourself now means you are more likely to stay well down the track.

Whanganui passes target for pre-schooler health checks

This year Whanganui surpassed the government target, completing 783 checks against a target of 780, and of the 20 district health boards in New Zealand, only Nelson Marlborough and South Canterbury did better.

Patience, kindness and vigilance with change in alert levels

Following the change in Covid-19 Alert Levels, local health sector leaders are encouraging people to be vigilant, prepared and calm.

Recovery media release #8 Survey feedback post lockdown – the good and bad  

As we moved out of lockdown, the Covid-19 Integrated Recovery Team (IRT) surveyed people in our region about their experience during Alert Levels 3 and 4 – the good and the bad.  

Minister Julie Anne Genter launches $40 million measles campaign

The Government is to invest up to $40 million towards a measles catch-up campaign to immunise 30,000 people aged between 15 and 30 years.

Change to opening hours for COVID testing centre

The Covid-19 community-based assessment centre in the Whanganui Hospital grounds has changed its weekend opening hours to 9am to 1pm Saturday and Sunday. The centre is open 8am to 4.30pm on weekdays.

‘I’m lucky to be alive’ – cancer survivor has a message for his mates

‘Blue’ Davies is a fit-looking 61-year-old who loves life, plays “a mean game of golf” and still enjoys a good party. But, with a rueful smile, he tells you: “I shouldn’t be here – I’m lucky to be alive.”

Infection control tips available for Air Chathams and others

The team at Air Chathams, which flies between Whanganui and Auckland, were recently given tips on personal protective gear and hygiene to complement their customer service and safety practices.

Immunisation campaign under way to combat viruses

The ‘Are You Up To Date’ campaign covers MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) immunisation for 13 to 29 years olds, and HPV (human papillomavirus) for 13 to 26 years.

July is Pink Ribbon breakfast month

July is the month for Pink Ribbon breakfasts, the Breast Cancer Foundation’s biggest fundraising effort.

Recovery media release #7 Community engagement follows pandemic response

Following the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Integrated Recovery Team is asking the community what projects and actions will help the Whanganui Region into the future.


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