Health news

Read the latest West Coast District Health Board (WCDHB) health news, media releases, and current health alerts for the West Coast region. Our CE Update is also available online.​ Our Communications team are also available to assist with media enquiries.

79 news items.

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Grey Base overbridge to close temporarily

Friday 23 February 2018Quick Read

The overbridge connecting the main street of Greymouth with the Grey Base Hospital will be closed for five days from... read more about Grey Base overbridge to close temporarily»

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CPH nutritionist selected for leadership course

Monday 12 February 2018Quick Read

Greymouth-based Community and Public Health Nutrition Health Promoter Jade Winter has just been selected to attend a... read more about CPH nutritionist selected for leadership course»

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DHB announces closure of Dunsford aged residential care facility

Friday 9 February 2018Quick Read

The West Coast District Health Board has today announced to staff that it intends to proceed with the closure of the... read more about DHB announces closure of Dunsford aged residential care facility»

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Public health advice, including how to stay safe in the aftermath of flooding

Friday 2 February 2018Quick Read

The following advice is issued by Canterbury and West Coast Community and Public Health and applies to areas of the... read more about Public health advice, including how to stay safe in the aftermath of flooding»

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Buller Health evacuating some palliative and aged residential care patients due to concerns over potential flooding

Thursday 1 February 2018Quick Read

West Coast District Health Board is evacuating nine patients from its Buller Health Facility due to concerns with... read more about Buller Health evacuating some palliative and aged residential care patients due to concerns over potential flooding»

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Reefton experiences gastroenteritis outbreak

Friday 26 January 2018Quick Read

Over the past week a number of Reefton people have experienced diarrhoea and vomiting.  Tests have confirmed viral... read more about Reefton experiences gastroenteritis outbreak»

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Independent assessment of O’Conor Home shows no concerns

Thursday 18 January 2018Quick Read

An independent audit has not identified any significant issues at Westport's aged residential care facility O'Conor... read more about Independent assessment of O’Conor Home shows no concerns»

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Mental health and addiction service users’ feedback wanted

Wednesday 10 January 2018Quick Read

People with experience of mental health or addictions are being asked to provide the West Coast District Health Board... read more about Mental health and addiction service users’ feedback wanted»

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Grey Base overbridge to close 8 January

Thursday 14 December 2017Quick Read

The overbridge connecting the main street of Greymouth with the Grey Base Hospital will be closed for 10 days from... read more about Grey Base overbridge to close 8 January»

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DHB Focus on People documents quality initiatives

Wednesday 13 December 2017Quick Read

The West Coast District Health Board has published its annual “Quality Accounts” newspaper, “Focus on... read more about DHB Focus on People documents quality initiatives»

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Be mindful of mumps

Thursday 23 November 2017Quick Read

While tests showed two suspected cases of mumps reported in the past few weeks on the West Coast were not actually... read more about Be mindful of mumps»

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West Coast physio shortages result in changes

Tuesday 26 September 2017Quick Read

A national shortage of DHB-based physiotherapists means the West Coast DHB has had to implement temporary changes to... read more about West Coast physio shortages result in changes»

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Mental health initiatives put together

Wednesday 6 September 2017Quick Read

A calendar of mental health and suicide prevention trainings, workshops and programmes is being published to mark this... read more about Mental health initiatives put together»

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Community dementia service shifts to CCCN

Wednesday 23 August 2017Quick Read

Community Dementia Services will soon be managed through the Complex Clinical Care Network (CCCN), to better meet the... read more about Community dementia service shifts to CCCN»

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Slight delays with Grey Medical Centre phones

Wednesday 2 August 2017Quick Read

Additional phone lines are being installed in the new combined Grey Medical Centre to alleviate current issues with... read more about Slight delays with Grey Medical Centre phones»

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New West Coast DHB general manager appointed

Wednesday 2 August 2017Quick Read

Philip Wheble has this week been announced as the new general manager for the West Coast District Health Board. DHB... read more about New West Coast DHB general manager appointed»

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Rural Academic GP to merge with Grey Medical Centre

Monday 12 June 2017Quick Read

In anticipation of the new Grey Integrated Family Health Centre opening next year, two of Greymouth's general practices... read more about Rural Academic GP to merge with Grey Medical Centre»

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West Coast focuses on falls prevention in community

Tuesday 30 May 2017Quick Read

In an effort to reduce the number of falls experienced by people on the West Coast, a programme of community awareness... read more about West Coast focuses on falls prevention in community»

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Patient wifi available at Grey Base

Thursday 18 May 2017Quick Read

Free public wifi internet access is now available in parts of the Grey Base Hospital. West Coast DHB Chief Information... read more about Patient wifi available at Grey Base»

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Increase in missed appointments concerns DHB

Wednesday 17 May 2017Quick Read

While some progress has been made with improvements to its processes, the West Coast DHB would still like to understand... read more about Increase in missed appointments concerns DHB»

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DHB laundry services to change

Sunday 14 May 2017Quick Read

The West Coast DHB has confirmed that no staff will lose their jobs immediately as a result of the recent Laundry... read more about DHB laundry services to change»

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DHB places temporary manager in Granger House

Thursday 23 March 2017Quick Read

The West Coast DHB has appointed a Temporary Manager at Greymouth's Granger House (incorporating Richard Seddon... read more about DHB places temporary manager in Granger House»

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Kowhai Manor to close

Monday 27 February 2017Quick Read

Greymouth rest home Kowhai Manor will close by 31 March, as the Ministry of Health has withdrawn certification... read more about Kowhai Manor to close»

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Sexual health advice still available on Coast

Monday 16 January 2017Quick Read

The West Coast District Health Boards wants to reassure patients that the Grey and Westport sexual health clinics... read more about Sexual health advice still available on Coast»

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West Coast focuses on falls prevention

Thursday 10 November 2016Quick Read

The number of falls experienced by patients of the West Coast health system shows there is more preventative work to be... read more about West Coast focuses on falls prevention»

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Take care when gardening!

Monday 10 October 2016Quick Read

West Coasters are being urged to follow some simple steps in order to avoid getting a serious illness linked to... read more about Take care when gardening!»

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Grey Hospital patient and visitor parking limits imposed

Thursday 6 October 2016Quick Read

In an effort to ensure parks are available when patients and visitors need them, the West Coast DHB is now limiting... read more about Grey Hospital patient and visitor parking limits imposed»

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West Coast Māori Health Plan approved

Thursday 25 August 2016Quick Read

The West Coast health system is doing well in its planning and implementation for Māori health, the Ministry of Health... read more about West Coast Māori Health Plan approved»

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Safety concerns close hospital footbridge

Tuesday 23 August 2016Quick Read

A 140-year-old footbridge over railway lines linking Cowper St to the current Grey Base Hospital has been closed... read more about Safety concerns close hospital footbridge»

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Connect with nature for wellbeing

Friday 19 August 2016Quick Read

How do you connect with nature?  And how does it make you feel? A Buller group organising an event from 10 – 16... read more about Connect with nature for wellbeing»

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DHB general practice fees change

Friday 29 July 2016Quick Read

Fees for routine consultations with your own West Coast District Health Board general practice increase by 50 cents... read more about DHB general practice fees change»

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New endoscopy tower improves view

Wednesday 20 July 2016Quick Read

A new endoscopy tower at the Grey Base Hospital means surgeons can see more clearly when they need to carry out... read more about New endoscopy tower improves view»

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Profile provides planning tool

Friday 8 July 2016Quick Read

Overall increases in community need, challenges in recruitment and retention of workers, viability of services, and the... read more about Profile provides planning tool»

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New stop smoking service for Coast

Friday 1 July 2016Quick Read

The Ministry of Health has offered a contract to Community and Public Health to deliver the new West Coast Stop Smoking... read more about New stop smoking service for Coast»

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Consumer voices are important

Tuesday 14 June 2016Quick Read

The West Coast DHB Consumer Council is looking for more representatives to provide advice to the West Coast health... read more about Consumer voices are important»

Facilities News

DHB applauds Government’s commitment to West Coast

Friday 27 May 2016Quick Read

West Coast District Health Board Chair Peter Ballantyne has applauded the Government's commitment to the health of West... read more about DHB applauds Government’s commitment to West Coast»

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South Westland flooding – Media Update 1

Thursday 24 March 2016Quick Read

All DHB clinics are running as normal in South Westland today. If any patients are unable to make it to their... read more about South Westland flooding – Media Update 1»

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West Coast makes 999,999th electronic referral

Wednesday 23 March 2016Quick Read

Two minutes after West Coast District Health Board Rural Hospital Medicine Registrar Adele Pheasant referred a patient... read more about West Coast makes 999,999th electronic referral»

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New ‘virtual medical receptionist’ service to help South Westland

Friday 26 February 2016Quick Read

A new service offering greater access to booking general practice appointments in South Westland will become... read more about New ‘virtual medical receptionist’ service to help South Westland»

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