WDHB Media Releases

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Media advisory #37 Fears allayed as rest home staff are tested for COVID-19

The prospect of undergoing a nasal swab for COVID-19 can understandably be a little daunting.

Media advisory #36 Hospital and health services here for you

Whanganui District Health Board is urging unwell people to seek the health care they need, without delay.

Whanganui leads the country in flu vaccine campaign

Whanganui is leading the way nationally for vaccinations against influenza.

Media Advisory #35 Testing strategy’s success shows value of collaboration

Whanganui District Health Board has the second highest COVID-19 testing rate in New Zealand.

Media Advisory #34 New hospital visitor guidelines for Alert Level 2

As New Zealand moves to Alert Level 2 in the response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Whanganui Hospital is adjusting its visitor policy.

Extraordinary year for International Year of the Nurse and Midwife

Choosing nursing as a career provides you with skills which are transferrable to every domain in life, says WDHB’s director of nursing Lucy Adams.

Media advisory #33 Hand Hygiene Day takes on added significance

Tuesday 5 May, is World Hand Hygiene Day and this year the campaign has extra relevance with the threat of COVID-19.

Media advisory #32 Non-urgent surgeries re-started at Whanganui Hospital

With New Zealand moving to Alert Level 3, Whanganui District Health Board is gradually resuming working routines and catching up on deferred surgeries and procedures.

Media advisory #31 Two further people recovered but community must still be vigilant

The two people with COVID-19 in the Whanganui District – one who was a confirmed case and one who was a probable case – have both recovered.

Media advisory #30 Recycling and rubbish in Alert Level 3 in Whanganui District

The Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre and the Midtown Transfer Station will reopen on Tuesday, 28 April when the country moves into COVID-19 Alert Level 3.

Media advisory #29 Significant boost in Whanganui testing rates

The significant boost in COVID-19 testing over the past two weeks has provided reassurance that the Alert Level 4 lockdown measures in the Whanganui region have been effective, says Whanganui District Health Board chief executive Russell Simpson.

Media advisory #28 Probable case tests negative for COVID-19

The Whanganui District Health Board has today announced that the probable case of COVID-19 in the Whanganui region has tested negative from the most recent swab. This follows an earlier swab that produced inconclusive results.

Media advisory #27 Probable COVID-19 case reported in Whanganui region

The Ministry of Health has today announced a probable case of COVID-19 in the Whanganui region.

Media advisory #26 COVID-19 testing in Rangitikei District lead by GPs

Two general practice (GP) clinics - Marton’s Stewart Street Surgery and Bulls Medical Centre - will begin testing (swabbing) people in Rangitikei District for COVID-19 from Monday 20 April 2020

Media advisory #25 Confirmed case of COVID-19 in Whanganui Region – WDHB urges people not to be complacent

The Ministry of Health has announced one confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Whanganui Region.


Media advisory #24  Whanganui’s seven COVID-19 cases have all recovered  

All seven confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Whanganui District Health Board region have recovered.

Media advisory #23 Bin the backyard fire for now

Whanganui Fire and Emergency is seeing an increase in call-outs to backyard rubbish fires since the nationwide COVID-19 Alert Level Four lockdown began on 25 March 2020.

Media advisory #22 Combat sports star donates to fight against COVID-19 

Whanganui martial arts exponent Israel Adesanya has joined the fight against COVID-19.

Media advisory #21 How helplines are helping out

Whanganui’s Emergency Operations Centre Welfare Manager Lauren Tamehana says her team has been receiving around a dozen calls a day on the Council’s welfare line, or via Horizons 0800 number.

Media advisory #20 Low testing numbers, but confidence in community based assessment centres

Whanganui Region has some of the lowest national numbers for COVID-19 testing, but that’s not a complete surprise, given the lack of community spread and lack of connection to community clusters elsewhere in New Zealand, says Medical Officer of Health Dr Patrick O’Connor.


Media advisory #19 Whanganui Police urge people to stay home this Easter

Whanganui – Ruapehu Police will be ramping up visibility in communities and on the roads over the Easter period to make sure people are safe and complying with the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions.

Media advisory #18 Safely disposing personal protective equipment at home

Please carefully dispose of personal waste to help protect the health of others during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Media advisory # 17 Whanganui stays steady with seven confirmed cases

The Whanganui District Health Board region has received a correction on case numbers and the Whanganui Emergency Operations Centre can confirm we have had seven cases of coronavirus in the region.

Media advisory #16 WAM's virtual consultations "positive & easy"

Alex Forsyth, Director of Allied Health Scientific and Technical at the Whanganui District Health Board, says having her three children checked out by the Whanganui Accident and Medical clinic (WAM) over the weekend was a positive experience and much easier than she had anticipated.

Media advisory #15 No tolerance for abuse of frontline staff

Everyone who interacts with essential service workers during the COVID-19 outbreak is reminded that abuse will not be tolerated.

Media Advisory #14 Vital for community to keep following stay at home requirements

Stuart Hylton, Incident Controller for the Whanganui District Health Board-led Emergency Operations Centre, says it’s vital the community continues to keep following the requirement to stay at home.

Media advisory #13 Two more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Whanganui Region - bringing total cases to seven

The Ministry of Health has announced two more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Whanganui Region, bringing the total to seven confirmed.


Media advisory #12 Whanganui Region has one more confirmed case of COVID-19

The Ministry of Health has announced one more confirmed case and one probable case of COVID-19 in the Whanganui Region. 

Media advisory #11 – New controller brings 30 years’ experience to emergency role

Taking over as the lead of Whanganui’s COVID-19 emergency response team today – 31 March, 2020 – Stuart Hylton said it was imperative people limited their movements and adhered to the Alert Level 4 guidelines. 

Media advisory #10 – Welfare call centre key part of coronavirus response

As well as people’s health, a key focus of the Whanganui Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) response to the coronavirus outbreak is the general welfare of the community.


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