12 December 2014

news item Serious crash investigation continues

Taranaki Police supported by the Serious Crash Unit, are continuing to investigate a two-vehicle crash that occurred on State Highway 3 just north of Awakino yesterday (5 January, 2014) evening.

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12 December 2014

news item Update on maternity services in Stratford

Taranaki DHB confirmed today that Maternity Services Taranaki Limited has exited the Primary Maternity Facility services in Stratford.

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12 December 2014

news item People urged to keep ED for real emergencies over Christmas

Taranaki Base Hospital has seen a reduction in presentations at its Emergency Department (ED) over the past five months and is determined to keep ED for real emergencies over the Christmas/New Year period.

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12 December 2014

news item Taranaki DHB supporting mothers through Breastfeeding Welcome Here sites

During the busy Christmas period, Taranaki DHB would like to remind breastfeeding mothers of the accredited Breastfeeding Welcome Here sites which can be used when they are out and about.

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5 December 2014

news item Taranaki DHB awards scholarships to encourage careers in health

It is never too early for parents and parents-to-be to learn about safe sleeping practices for babies, says the Health Quality & Safety Commission.

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4 December 2014

news item Taranaki DHB awards scholarships to encourage careers in health

Taranaki District Health Board is helping young students achieve their aspirations of working in the health sector by awarding health scholarships to 25 students through its scholarship programme.

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1 December 2014

news item Taranaki DHB raises awareness of Safe Sleep Day

Taranaki DHB is working with Tui Ora, Plunket and Whakawhetu - national Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) prevention for Maori - to help raise awareness of national Safe Sleep Day on Friday 5 December.

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25 November 2014

news item Taranaki District Health Board Health Targets 2014-2015 - First Quarter

The first quarter health targets of 2014-2015 have been released by the Ministry of Health. 

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21 November 2014

news item Taranaki Base Hospital draped in white ribbons to show violence towards women is never OK

Taranaki DHB is supporting the week of White Ribbon Day, Tuesday 25 November, with the addition of three large (18 metre) white ribbon banners on the outside of the new Base Hospital, near the main entrance.

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20 November 2014

news item Next steps in implementing DHB shared services programme

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has agreed to explore a proposal put forward by DHBs to move implementation of the shared services programme to a DHB-owned vehicle.

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14 November 2014

news item More screening & resources to combat diabetes

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more Kiwis are being screened for diabetes, and more support is being offered to those living with the condition

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13 November 2014

news item Cross-agency Ebola exercise a success

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says New Zealand is prepared to respond to a range of potential scenarios involving Ebola, with a table-top exercise held in Wellington today as part of ongoing readiness activities.

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13 November 2014

news item Changes to Stratford Maternity Facility Services

Maternity Services Taranaki Ltd, the current provider of Primary Maternity Facility services in Stratford has recently advised Taranaki DHB that they are unable to keep the Stratford Maternity Unit - Te Whare Whanau unit open as of 7am on the 15 November until further notice.

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13 November 2014

news item Taranaki DHB prepared for Ebola

The Ministry of Health’s assessment is that the risk to New Zealand from Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) remains low, and that health and border authorities are well prepared. It is very unlikely that anyone with EVD will arrive in New Zealand and extremely unlikely that EVD would spread within New Zealand.

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12 November 2014

news item Measles case confirmed in Taranaki after returning from overseas

The Public Health Unit of Taranaki District Health Board has confirmed a case of measles in Taranaki. A child contracted measles while overseas and returned to New Zealand, via Auckland on November 2, 2014.

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10 November 2014

news item Taranaki DHB wins at Nga Tohu Reo Maori awards

Taranaki DHB won the Government category at the Maori Language Awards 2014 on Friday 7 November in Rotorua, edging out the other finalists, the Inland Revenue Department (Palmerston North) and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

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3 November 2014

news item Additional Ebola briefings for key hospital staff

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a series of Ebola readiness briefings for key health sector staff in major metropolitan centres gets underway in Christchurch today.

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3 November 2014

news item Patients and staff all have a part to play during Patient Safety Week

Taranaki DHB is holding its first Patient Safety Week from Monday 3 to Sunday 9 November 2014

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31 October 2014

news item Speech to NZ Emergency Departments Conference, Taupo

I’m pleased to be here today to hear your views, and look at how together we can make the best use of resources, people, facilities and funding.

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30 October 2014

news item National release of DHBs Sentinel and Serious events

The Health Quality & Safety Commission has released their ‘Making health and disability services safer’ report today. This is the Commission’s sixth report and the eighth time DHBs and other health providers have publically reported details of serious and sentinel adverse events (SAE).

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30 October 2014

news item National youth mental health unit underway

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman today turned the first sod at the site of the new $15.3 million national youth forensic mental health unit in Wellington.

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29 October 2014

news item Optimising the role of pharmacists

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has announced the formation of a new steering group to explore optimising the role pharmacists play in community health care.

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28 October 2014

news item Depression initiative wins advertising awards

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the National Depression Initiative has won two major advertising awards at the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) Effectiveness awards in London.

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28 October 2014

news item Three people have completed Ebola monitoring - all well

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says three people entering New Zealand were identified for self-monitoring as healthcare workers helping in the response in West Africa, and all have now been cleared.

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23 October 2014

news item Taranaki DHB warns against hoax fundraising phone campaign

The Taranaki DHB is concerned that hoax calls are being made to members of the public asking for them to make a donation to the Taranaki Base Hospitals children’s ward (Ward 2B).

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22 October 2014

news item Agencies well prepared in case of Ebola

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says government agencies remain prepared to deal with any potential Ebola cases in New Zealand. “While the risk to New Zealand remains low, we are taking every precaution to deal with the threat of Ebola,” says Dr Coleman.

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21 October 2014

news item Taranaki DHB celebrates workplace wellness week

Taranaki DHB’s Workplace Wellness Committee is kicking off Workplace Wellness Week from Monday 20 – Friday 24 October and will promote healthy activity, healthy eating and a healthy body and mind.

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6 October 2014

news item Rotary Club fundraises for new colonoscopy monitor

The Rotary Club of New Plymouth is fundraising for a new monitor for colonoscopy procedures for the Taranaki Base Hospital Endoscopy Unit.

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4 October 2014

news item A night in ED

Taranaki Daily News reporter Helen Harvey spends a Saturday evening in Base Hospital's emergency department.

Read more here http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/10578613/Patients-and-the-impatience

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25 September 2014

news item Shortland Street storyline on depression and suicide – reminder of support available

With this week’s depression and suicide storyline on Shortland Street, the Taranaki DHB would like to remind youth and their families and friends of the support available.

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25 September 2014

news item Taranaki DHB shortlisted in the Nga Tohu Reo Maori awards

The Taranaki DHB has been shortlisted for the Maori Language Awards 2014 run by Te Taura Whiri i te reo Maori / Maori Language Commission. 

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22 September 2014

news item Stoptober rolls into town

A giant red ball rolled into town on Friday 12 September as New Plymouth prepares to join the country's first stop smoking month, Stoptober. Check out our photos from the event here.

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16 September 2014

news item The Specialist - The Magazine of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

The health sector magazine, The Specialist, has featured an article in this months issue about how Taranaki DHB are going the extra mile for IMGs (International Medical Graduate). Click below to read the full article.

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9 September 2014

news item Taiohi Tu training will focus on health needs of youth in South Taranaki

Seven local youth workers from South Taranaki, including high school alternative education teachers, will be taught how to deliver kaupapa Māori Youth Health workshops. The Taiohi (Youth) Tū training will take part over two days, Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 September in Hawera.

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8 September 2014

news item Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can have life long effects

On the eve of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) awareness day (Tuesday 9 September 2014) the Taranaki DHB wants to remind pregnant women as well as those women planning to become pregnant to avoid all alcohol.

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3 September 2014

news item Think about the ones you love and have a smear says National Screening Unit

Taranaki women are being asked to consider the impact their health has on family and friends this September, by ensuring that their smears are up to date as part of Cervical Screening Awareness Month.

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3 September 2014

news item New service will improve intestinal failure care

Health Minister Tony Ryall has announced a new National Intestinal Failure service, costing $1 million over three years, will be established to improve the quality of care for patients suffering with intestinal failure.

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2 September 2014

news item Better primary care services for New Zealanders

New Zealanders are getting more immunisations, checks for diabetes and heart diseases and more help to quit smoking says Health Minister Tony Ryall.

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1 September 2014

news item Cervical Screening Awareness Campaign begins

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew welcomes Cervical Screening Awareness Month this September encouraging women to get up to date with their cervical smears.

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29 August 2014

news item Influenza immunisation campaign wins top marketing award

The National Influenza Immunisation Campaign, which saw a record number of New Zealanders immunised against influenza in 2013, won a 2014 TVNZ Marketing Award in Auckland last night (Thursday). The campaign took out top prize in the healthcare category.

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27 August 2014

news item Ball starts rolling on Taranaki Stoptober event

A giant red disc rolls into town on September 12 as New Plymouth prepares to join the country’s first stop smoking month, Stoptober.

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26 August 2014

news item Health services in Taranaki focused on prevention

The latest National Health Target results show more people in Taranaki are getting help to quit smoking and getting checked to see if they are at risk of developing diabetes or heart disease.

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19 August 2014

news item Commerce Commission launches website for health sector

The Commerce Commission has today launched a new website aimed at helping the health sector understand more about competition and consumer laws and what they need to do to comply.

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18 August 2014

news item Taranaki DHB accepts HDC findings

Taranaki District Health Board (DHB) announced today it has accepted the findings of the Health and Disability Commissioner, which found the DHB in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumer Rights of the Lawn family in 2012.

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12 August 2014

news item Clinical leadership improving cardiac care

The National Cardiac Network, which is led by cardiac surgeons, cardiologists, GPs, nurses and other health professionals, continues to make gains and improve cardiac services in New Zealand.

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8 August 2014

news item Record numbers of patients getting elective surgery

Latest Ministry of Health data shows over 162,000 hips, knees and other elective operations were performed last financial year – 44,000 more operations than six years ago.

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7 August 2014

news item High levels of hazardous drinking in Taranaki

Alcohol, while enjoyed by many people, causes significant harm to individuals, families and communities in Taranaki.

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31 July 2014

news item More scholarships for nurse graduates

The government is investing an extra $1.5 million to give 25 graduate nurses scholarships to work in general practices in some of New Zealand’s higher need communities next year.

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27 June 2014

news item First confirmed measles case in Taranaki

Taranaki DHB Medical Officer of Health, Dr Greg Simmons said today that Taranaki has a confirmed case of measles.

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27 June 2014

news item Minister opens $80 million Taranaki Hospital

Health Minister Tony Ryall will today open the new $80 million clinical building at Taranaki Hospital which will help meet the current and future health needs of the region.

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27 June 2014

news item New Taranaki Base Hospital officially opens its doors to Taranaki

"This is very exciting moment for the people of Taranaki, and I am extremely grateful for the level of commitment and enthusiasm from everyone involved that has resulted in a modern fit for purpose hospital that will serve our community for many years to come" Tony Foulkes

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26 June 2014

news item Incident at Taranaki Base Hospital

There has been an incident at Taranaki Base Hospital today.

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25 June 2014

news item Suspected Measles Case Under Investigation

The Taranaki DHB Public Health Unit is investigating a case of suspected measles in a child residing in North Taranaki. As a precautionary measure, contacts of the suspected case are being followed up and if not immune are being quarantined.

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20 June 2014

news item Health volunteers awarded for their contribution

Taranaki DHB volunteers have been successful in receiving Minister of Health Volunteer Awards and will be recognised for their invaluable contribution to New Zealand’s health and disability sector this Tuesday 24 June 2014 at an awards ceremony at the Taranaki DHB.

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17 June 2014

news item 1-2-3 I’m not well where should I go?

Emergency departments (EDs) are not the best place for patients to come with non urgent health complaints says Taranaki DHB clinical services manager Gill Campbell.

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9 June 2014

news item World's smallest cardiac monitor implant a success

Ruby Blu hairdresser in New Plymouth is the first hairdressing business to encourage breastfeeding welcome here on its premises and mothers love it.

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3 June 2014

news item Hairdresser welcomes breast feeding

Ruby Blu hairdresser in New Plymouth is the first hairdressing business to encourage breastfeeding welcome here on its premises and mothers love it.

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26 May 2014

news item Quit now – it’s about whanau

‘Quit now – it’s about whanau’ is the message for this year’s World Smokefree Day (31 May), and it starts in Taranaki homes and communities.

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21 May 2014

news item DHB Paid Family Carer Policy for Home-based Care

From 21 May 2014, Taranaki DHB is implementing a policy that clarifies the exceptional circumstances under which we will permit payment of family members residing at the same address as a DHB-funded client for provision of long-term home based support services.

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14 May 2014

news item Lazy boy donation shows thanks to ward staff

After the passing of his wife Chris, Kevin Armstrong and his family wanted to say thanks to Taranaki Base Hospital staff by donating a special electric lazy boy for the ward.  

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13 May 2014

news item Sock monkeys make good friends for sick kids

Sue Edlin gives up her time to create beautiful sock monkeys for kids in hospital.

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12 May 2014

news item Younger people may be at greater risk from flu virus this year

Younger flu victims aged 18-64 years may be at greater risk from this year’s flu virus, warn health experts at the National Influenza Specialist Group (NISG).

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9 May 2014

news item Hospice Awareness Week 11 - 18 May

Next week is Hospice Awareness Week. There will be a Hospice Awareness Forum held on the 15th May at the Pukekura Raceway Function Centre. Download the pdf here.

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7 May 2014

news item Getting Help: Psychoactive Substances

The Ministry of Health has an developed an information sheet called 'Getting Help: Psychoactive Substances'. Download the pdf here.

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5 May 2014

news item Midland region celebrates international midwives day with success

Midland midwives have extra reason to celebrate International Midwives Day today, with a new midwifery emergency refresher course they have designed being approved for national roll-out.

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5 May 2014

news item Pyjamas donated to keep sick children warm

TSB Children and Young People’s Ward patient Anne Larcom shows off some of the pyjamas donated by the North Taranaki Federation of Women's Institute.

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3 May 2014

news item Immunisation day at Ngati Ruanui Health Care Centre a success

Congratulations to Ngati Ruanui Health Care for hosting a wonderful Immunisation Week celebration on Thursday 1 May.

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30 April 2014

news item Protect yourself, your family, and our community

Taranaki DHB is celebrating the importance of immunisation for children, families and communities this week as part of the World Health Organisation initiative “World Immunisation Week” which runs from 28 April to 2 May.

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28 April 2014

news item Rotavirus vaccine promoted for Immunisation Week

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew is marking the start of Immunisation Week by promoting the upcoming introduction of free rotavirus vaccination.

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22 April 2014

news item May Day, May Day, May Day

May Day! Disability May Affect You! Hear key speakers on transportation in Taranaki, including Ironside, Driving Miss Daisy and Connector Bus Service.

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15 April 2014

news item Start a Conversation that Counts

Many of us find thinking about the end of life difficult. This can mean we do not get to make decisions. Planning could improve our care and help us and our families deal with our deaths.

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14 April 2014

news item Don’t let flu spoil your Easter holidays

Health experts at the National Influenza Specialist Group (NISG) say Kiwis should make sure they get an influenza vaccination before they head off for the school holidays.

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11 April 2014

news item Burns course teaches critical skills

The Australian and New Zealand Burns Association (ANZBA) recently ran a course for health professionals in Taranaki, teaching critical skills for the early treatment of trauma patients with severe burns.

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7 April 2014

news item Iron awareness week is timely reminder to all

If anyone knows the importance of Iron in pregnancy it’s Kendall Sigurdsson, she’s a dietitian at Taranaki DHB working in paediatrics, and a pregnant mother with a toddler as well.

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7 April 2014

news item Rural depression given a voice

“Rural depression is a significant issue. We want rural people who might be isolated to know that they’re not alone,” says Mrs Goodhew.

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4 April 2014

news item Stroke Awareness - get help FAST

The most important message to remember is that if you suspect that you or someone has had a stroke get help FAST.

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4 April 2014

news item Rest home gastroenteritis outbreaks in Taranaki

Outbreaks of a highly infectious tummy bug have been identified in five Taranaki rest homes and an estimated 100 people have been diagnosed with suspected viral gastroenteritis. 

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1 April 2014

news item New signage welcomes all to Taranaki Base Hospital

Taranaki DHB Chief Executive Tony Foulkes is delighted with the new signage that will be easy to follow and welcoming for all.

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28 March 2014

news item Keep Emergency Departments For Emergencies

Taranaki District Health Board emergency departments are extremely busy with non urgent patients which is causing clinician’s concern as it’s only the beginning of winter says Clinical Service Manager Gillian Campbell.

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17 March 2014

news item Food Recall Klondyke Fresh brand products - Listeria monocytogenes

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has informed us of a consumer recall affecting the Klondyke Fresh brand milk and cream products produced between 4 and 12 March 2014

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17 March 2014

news item Renal Service Enhances Dialysis Experience for Patients

A Tauranga man born with a degenerative kidney condition has praised the Midland Regional Renal Service for improving his quality of life.

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12 March 2014

news item Consumers at the centre of Care for Taranaki DHB

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Theo Baker will be visiting Taranaki DHB tomorrow to present ‘Consumers at the Centre of Care’ to doctors and staff.

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11 March 2014

news item What can a Registered Dietitian do for you?

Registered dietitians work in a wide variety of settings throughout the community. The majority of registered dietitians work in the treatment and prevention of disease often in hospitals or other health care facilities.

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11 March 2014

news item Time for annual Influenza immunisation

A free immunisation drop in clinic for pregnant women is operating from today Tuesday 11th March between 2-3pm at the ante-natal clinic at Taranaki Base Hospital and every fortnight following.

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11 March 2014

news item Tony Ryall to retire from politics at next election

Tony Ryall, MP for Bay of Plenty and Minister of Health and State Owned Enterprises, has announced he will retire from politics at the next election.

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3 March 2014

news item Taranaki DHB welcomes High Court Judicial Review

Taranaki DHB Chief Executive Tony Foulkes, said he is delighted to hear of this sensible outcome, particular for the communities of Patea and Waverley.

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26 February 2014

news item Taranaki District Health Board Health Targets 2013-2014 - Second Quarter

The second quarter health targets of 2013-2014 have been released by the Ministry of Health. 

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26 February 2014

news item Little Fighters Charitable Trust Donation to Taranaki Children through the Taranaki Health Foundation

The Little Fighters Trust is proud to give a donation to the Taranaki Health Foundation to enable an additional television and six media players for the TSB Children and Young People ward at Taranaki Base Hospital.

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19 February 2014

news item Manaia Street Challenge Day 2014

A family fun day will be held in Manaia Saturday the 22nd of February kicking off at 10.30am.

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18 February 2014

news item DHBs collaborating to improve patient care

New Zealand health professionals are teaming up to provide a better experience for people needing a hip or knee replacement or who have a fractured neck of femur.

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18 February 2014

news item Bookings Open for New Hawera Bus Service

Bookings have opened for the new weekday Hawera-New Plymouth bus service that will begin on Monday 24 February.

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14 February 2014

news item Nga Kete Hauora workshop to help deal with taming those tantrums

A workshop on Taming those Toddlers will be held in Manaia on Wednesday for parents and caregivers of under five year olds. 19 February 10.30am-12pm

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11 February 2014

news item Temporary road layout near Base Hospital main entrance

Access to Base Hospital is changing over the next few weeks to incorporate the completion of the civil works at the new entrance to the hospital. While work is underway a temporary road and pedestrian layout will be in place.

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5 February 2014

news item Follow the Green Feet and Grab the Health Choice

Choosing healthy food for your kids just became even more fun at 4Square45 in Opunake, with the beginning of the ‘Green Feet’ campaign for 2014.

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17 January 2014

news item Keep Cars and Homes Smokefree

Individuals and organisations in the Taranaki region are being urged to support a smokefree cars and homes campaign.

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15 January 2014

news item Recall of Anchor and Pams Fresh Cream

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) informed us that Fonterra Brands had detected the presence of E. coli in samples of fresh cream during routine testing at one dairy processing plant.

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14 January 2014

news item Measles cases turn severe

Two people, including a baby, had measles symptoms so severe they were sent to hospital over the weekend, health authorities say.

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