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'Emergency Department rosters need more doctors'

The country’s emergency department rosters are not adequately staffed to cover for doctors who fall sick and may collapse if Omicron spreads through New Zealand.

Missed opportunities in cancer patient care - HDC

A man in his fifties had a history of schizophrenia and chronic thought disorder, and lived in a community residential mental health service. Over a six week period he presented to the Emergency Department seven times with severe abdominal pain.

Dentist fails to provide appropriate information about treatment required - HDC

The woman went to the dentist for an orthodontic evaluation for treatment to correct the alignment of her teeth, which were "wonky" and off-centre because she was naturally missing her top right incisor (tooth 12).

Booster rollout accelerated to protect against Covid-19 variants

If it’s been more than four months since your second dose, you can either book an appointment or visit a walk-in clinic for your booster vaccine today. To make a whānau booking call 0800 28 29 26.

Covid-19 immunisation starts for 5 to 11-year-old tāmariki

More than 120,000 doses of the child (paediatric) Pfizer vaccine have been delivered to over 500 vaccination sites around New Zealand as health providers prepare to start immunising 5 to 11-year-olds tamariki from today, 17 January. 

Positive case in Hastings

A positive COVID-19 result has been returned for a Hastings resident.

Medical Officer of Health Dr Rachel Eyre said the case was safely isolating with appropriate health and welfare supports in place.

Bookings strongly recommended for tamariki Covid-19 immunisations

From Monday, parents or caregivers of 5 to 11-year-olds can start booking their tamariki in to be immunised against COVID-19, says Philip Wheble, Senior Responsible Officer for the COVID-19 response, West Coast DHB.

Bookings recommended for tamariki COVID-19 immunisations - Canterbury DHB

From Monday, parents or caregivers of 5 to 11-year-olds can get their tamariki immunised against COVID-19, says Dr Helen Skinner, Senior Responsible Officer for the COVID-19 response, Canterbury DHB.

Eating disorder treatments may be hindered by flawed theories of illness - research

Eating disorders are a significant health problem but effective treatment may be hampered by flawed theories of the disease, research by Dr Hannah Hawkins-Elder suggests.

Rapid Antigen Tests essential to coping with Omicron - EMA

The EMA says it has looked at what is happening in Australia and other countries and concluded that Rapid Antigen Testing (RATs) is what is going to keep New Zealand open for business and avoiding the "big sick" for our workforce.