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Care around the clock, around the holidays

From jellyfish stings, to jandal chafe, a reaction to pav or an allergy to the rellies…if you need health advice over the holidays remember you can call your own general practice team 24/7 for care around the clock. When the practice is closed, a team of nurses is still taking calls 24/7.

ED swells under pressure from holidaymakers

Holidaymakers are flooding into Hawke’s Bay Hospital’s Emergency Department with non-urgent medical conditions and are encouraged to first seek help from an accident and medical centre or pharmacy.

Alarm bells going off in the public health sector - ASMS

"How many times do alarm bells have to go off in the public health sector before the Government and hospital bosses sit up and take notice," asks Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS).

Food safety: Clean, cook, cover, chill

There are four things that we must consider when handling any food:

Clean, Cook, Cover, Chill - the 4Cs of Food Hygiene

- Clean

Make sure your hands are clean before you do any food preparation.

Health warning issued for Lake Whangape, Lake Ngaroto

A new health warning has been issued today for Lakes Whangape and Ngaroto, and the warning for Lake Waikare remains in place.

Put children's health first this Christmas - NZNO

The Christmas and New Year holidays are a time of excitement and summer fun for children but not when their caregivers have over indulged in alcohol and drugs and are neglecting to provide a safe and healthy environment for them.

Boil water notice lifted for Kaikoura township

The Canterbury DHB and Kaikoura District Council announced today that people who live in the Kaikoura township and at Ocean Ridge no longer need to boil their water. Boil water notices remain in place for all other parts of the district for the summer period.

Medical emergency: When, and when not to, attend ED

Hospital Emergency Departments (EDs) assess and treat patients who have serious injuries or illnesses. Over the Christmas/New Year period they are especially busy.

Should NZ look at regulating accountability of senior health bosses?

A call by the head of an inquiry into one of the United Kingdom’s worst hospital scandals for better regulation of senior health managers raises questions about whether something similar should be looked at in New Zealand, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medic

Ophthalmologists welcome funding to clear DHB waiting lists

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) welcomes the Ministry of Health’s announcement of additional funding for ophthalmology services across New Zealand.

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