Archive for the 'Health' Category

Hutt DHB exceeds target for elective surgeries by 14 per cent

News from NZ Government
The latest quarterly health target results show the Hutt Valley DHB is making good overall progress, according to Health Minister Jonathan Coleman. Read more »

High levels of contamination at western Petone Beach – unsafe for swimming

News from Hutt City Council
Hutt City residents are advised to stay clear of the water in the Petone Beach Ski Club area until further notice, due to water quality issues. Read more »

First NZ conference to highlight link between alcohol and cancer

Press Release – National Addiction Centre
Research published in the New Zealand Medical Journal today shows that although injury is the biggest cause of alcohol-related deaths overall, the leading cause of death in women, both Maori and non-Maori women, is breast cancer. In fact, Maori women have the highest rate of breast cancer in the world. Read more »

Overwhelming opposition by senior doctors to lab privatisation plan

News from Assn of Salaried Medical Specialists
Wellington and Hutt senior doctors overwhelmingly oppose privatisation of their public hospital laboratories. Read more »

Long lunch for Wellington Free Ambulance in its original home

Press Release – Wellington Free Ambulance
Wellington Free Ambulance is coming home for a long fundraising lunch at its former headquarters, the St John’s Bar and Restaurant in Cable Street. Read more »

300 people running in charity relay

Press Release – PricewaterhouseCoopers
To support Ronald McDonald House Wellington, the Neonatal Trust and Wellington Free Ambulance, 300 runners/walkers will participate in the inaugural PwC Foundation Charity Relay, which covers 98 km from Wellington to Martinborough Square. Read more »

“Uncertain future:” concern at reorganisation of Wellington pathology services

News Release – NZ Institute of Medical Laboratory Science
The New Zealand Institute of Medical Laboratory Science expresses concern at the withdrawal of Aotea Pathology’s bid for the Wellington Regional Pathology contract. Read more »

Innovative lab initiative would be killed by privatisation proposal

News release from Association of Salaried Medical Specialists
“Privatising the Wellington and Hutt Valley public hospital laboratories would probably sound the death knell for another, more innovative initiative that district health board chiefs should be considering,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists. Read more »

Scholarships encouraging 27 more Māori students to become nurses

News from Capital and Coast District Health Board
Twenty seven young Māori nursing students were awarded scholarships to Whitireia’s nursing school from Capital & Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) last week. Read more »

Unions support specialists’ concern about privatising laboratory services

News release from NZCTU
The Council of Trade Unions support the concern of specialists that the privatisation of laboratory services at Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast District Boards could have a negative impact on patients. Read more »

Wellingtonian finds relief with Green Prescription health programme

Press Release – Sport Wellington
Wellington local Paul Holmes has found relief in the community based health programme Green Prescription. Run by Sport Wellington, Green Prescription (GRx) is a primary health initiative that aims to increase physical activity and provide nutritional support. Read more »

Mary Potter Hospice receives $54,000 from customers of Farmers

Press Release – Hospice NZ
Wellington’s Mary Potter Hospice is to receive $54,336.18 from a “caring connections” relationship with the Farmers Trading Company.

In total, more than $600,000 has been donated to hospice services throughout the country as a result of the relationship. Read more »

Ambulance paramedics gain nursing experience at Kenepuru clinic

Press Release – Capital and Coast District Health Board
Wellington Free Ambulance paramedics have had a chance to see how the other half lives, thanks to work experience sessions with the staff at Kenepuru Hospital’s Accident & Medical (A&M) clinic. Read more »

Wellington researchers continue daily search for cancer cure

News from Malaghan Institute
Tomorrow is World Cancer Day but cancer research staff at the Malaghan Institute are motivated every day to further international cancer research – here in Wellington – and bring better treatments or cures to New Zealanders facing a cancer diagnosis. Read more »

Aotea withdraws bid to take over Wellington pathology services

News from Abano Healthcare
Abano Healthcare Group Limited has today advised that its subsidiary, Aotea Pathology Limited (Aotea), has withdrawn its bid in the current RFP process to provide pathology services for the lower North Island, encompassing the three District Health Boards (DHBs) of Capital & Coast, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa. Read more »

Specialists oppose plans to privatise hospital’s laboratory services

Press Release – Association of Salaried Medical Specialists
“Pathologists and infection control specialists working in the Wellington region’s public hospital laboratories are expressing strong concern about possible privatisation of the laboratory service and the clinical risks that will arise if privatisation goes ahead,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). Read more »

Poison warning: two rivers unsafe for swimming because of toxic algae

News from Greater Wellington Regional Council
Toxic algae warnings have been put in place on parts of the Hutt and Ruamāhanga Rivers. Read more »

92 pharmacies now accepting used needles from local patients

Press Release – Capital and Coast District Health Board
Patients can now dispose of used needles more conveniently and safely, thanks to a new disposal scheme funded by the Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast district health boards. Read more »

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