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High patient numbers causing longer waits in Wellington ED

People may wait longer to be seen at Wellington Regional Hospital emergency department because of high patient numbers.

Chief medical officer John Tait says more people are using the ED, and the hospital is experiencing high occupancy.

$1.5m cash injection to Ashburton Hospital

Ashburton Hospital has received a $1.5 million cash injection thanks to community generosity.

Advance Ashburton trustee Gary Fail today presented David Meates, Canterbury DHB Chief Executive with a cheque for $1.5m to go towards the upgrades of Ashburton Hospital.

Would you hear your smoke alarm?

The end of daylight savings provides a reminder to check your smoke alarm batteries - but Tania Shearer from Hearing Therapy says many New Zealanders might not even be able to hear them.

Would you hear your smoke alarm?

New graduate nurses finding jobs sooner

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says data from the system which matches graduates with employers shows hundreds more nurses are now in mental health services, surgical, and medical areas.

New institute promises innovative health solutions

A joint venture announced by the University of Waikato and the Waikato District Health Board (DHB) is already bearing fruit.

Drug could slow motor neuron disease

A drug with the potential to delay the progression of motor neuron disease (MND) could be in human trials within three years.

Lincoln study tackles rugby player concussion

An accelerometer planted in rugby players’ mouth guards will help Lincoln University researchers learn more about head impact and concussion.

Living well in care homes increases quality of life

Treating elderly people in long-term care facilities with respect and dignity significantly increases their quality of life, according to new research from Massey University, in partnership with Metlifecare.

Respiratory disease cost jumps to $6 billion per year

Respiratory disease continues to make a substantial contribution to New Zealand’s health burden. Over the past 15 years, hospitalisation rates have increased for bronchiectasis, childhood bronchiolitis and total respiratory disease.

Call for clinicians to share ‘disruptive’ ideas

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman is calling on clinicians to share their ideas on how technology can transform patient care.

"Clinicians have an insider’s view of where innovation can be applied to improve healthcare services," says Dr Coleman.