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Vaccination programme re-prioritisation implemented in Canterbury

The impact of Omicron has led to re-prioritisation of the COVID-19 vaccination programme according to Canterbury DHB’s Emergency Coordination Centre Incident Controller, Dr Helen Skinner.

DHB fails to facilitate thorough reporting of scans before surgery - HDC

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Deborah James today released a report finding a District Health Board in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failing to have in place guidelines and policies to facilitate careful, thorough, and timely r

Hutt Valley DHB found to have inadequate comm management processes - HDC

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Dr Vanessa Caldwell today released a report finding Hutt Valley District Health Board (HVDHB) in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for its inadequate processes to manage information about allergies and com

Maintaining boundaries between healthcare professionals and patients - HDC

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Dr Vanessa Caldwell today released a report finding a registered nurse in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) by failing to maintain professional boundaries with her client.

Increasing COVID-19 cases lead to visitor policy changes at MidCentral DHB

Changes to the visitor policy at MidCentral District Health Board facilities have been introduced in response to increasing community cases of COVID-19.

The policy applies to visitors to MidCentral DHB facilities, including Palmerston North Hospital and Horowhenua Health Centre.

West Coast DHB cases update - 14 March graphic

FYI - see attached the West Coast COVID-19 active case update as at 7.39am Monday 14 March 2022.

Charity sees grief complicated by Covid-19

Grief is likely to affect every one of us at some point in our lives. From the loss of a loved one to the break-up of a relationship or marriage, grief is a natural response to loss or unwelcome change.

Some Canterbury health services deferred as DHB staffing impacted by Covid

As the number of active cases of Omicron continues to rise in our community, more Canterbury DHB staff are contracting COVID-19 and having to isolate. Some have COVID, some are household contacts and others need to stay home to look after whānau who have COVID-19.

Australia must use vaping tool in its smoking strategy - CAPHRA

Australia is lagging well behind many other countries in the Asia Pacific region when it comes to successfully tackling smoking through vaping, says the Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA).

Southern tops country for locations to collect RAT tests - Wellsouth

Southerners have more options for accessing rapid antigen tests than anywhere else in the country, with collection sites throughout the district.

From Stewart Island to Oamaru, there are 50 locations across Southland and Otago where residents can pick up pre-requested RAT tests.