26 August 2015

news item Dr Robin Youngson to talk about compassion in healthcare at Taranaki DHB

Taranaki DHB is hosting a workshop and presentation on compassion in healthcare from internationally renowned anaesthestist Dr Robin Youngson, co-founder of Hearts in Healthcare.

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25 August 2015

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

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

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25 August 2015

news item Latest health target results for Taranaki

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest quarterly health target results show Taranaki DHB is making steady progress.

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25 August 2015

news item ED wait times target achieved again

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest quarterly health target results show the ED target has been met for the second consecutive quarter.

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24 August 2015

news item Patient Status Update Updated

A 55 year old female and a 58 year old male have presented at Taranaki Base Hospital following a plane crash near Matau, Taranaki. Both patients are conscious and in a stable condition, the female with moderate chest injuries and the male with moderate back injuries.

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24 August 2015

news item Maori health expert Sir Mason Durie to present at Taranaki DHB

Taranaki DHB will host public health advocate, psychiatrist and Maori Health expert Sir Mason Durie at Taranaki Base Hospital, where he will present on the Ministry of Health’s Maori Health strategy, Pae Ora.

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21 August 2015

news item Stratford Health providers establish steering group to integrate services

Health providers, including the Midland Health Network, Primary Health Care Ltd (PHCL), Stratford Health Trust and Taranaki DHB met at the Stratford Health Centre last week to progress discussions around the integration of services at the Centre.

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21 August 2015

news item Rotary Club gives generously to help bowel screening in Taranaki

Taranaki Base Hospital now has a brand new Draeger Infinity Monitor for the Endoscopy Department, thanks to the massive fundraising effort of the Rotary Club of New Plymouth.

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19 August 2015

news item Healthy lifestyle initiative helping more diabetics

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a growing number of New Zealanders with type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes are receiving support and advice through the Green Prescriptions initiative.

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18 August 2015

news item More surgical assessments leading to more ops for Taranaki

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more Taranaki patients are getting their First Surgical Assessment, and faster, compared to seven years ago.

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14 August 2015

news item More opportunities for specialist nurses

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more clinical nurse specialists are providing specialist care and expert advice.

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11 August 2015

news item 41% more operations for Taranaki patients

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more patients in Taranaki DHB are receiving the elective surgeries they need compared to seven years ago.

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3 August 2015

news item Taranaki residents urged to stand up to falls

Taranaki residents are being encouraged to undertake a home safety check, with figures1 showing 410 people over 50 years of age in the district health board region were hospitalised because of a fall in the community in 2013.

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31 July 2015

news item Cold Cuddle Cot donation gives Taranaki families more time to grieve

Taranaki families who suffer the loss of a baby in pregnancy or early infancy will now have the opportunity to spend more quality time with their deceased baby, thanks to the donation of a Cold Cuddle Cot from Linda and Don Mackie via the Emerikus Land Foundation.

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31 July 2015

news item More than 1.2m flu vaccine doses distributed

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has reached its target of immunising 1.2 million New Zealanders with the influenza vaccine this year.

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30 July 2015

news item Mobile surgical services contract extended

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the renewal of the mobile surgical services contract will help ensure rural patients continue to receive the care they need.

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27 July 2015

news item Improved access to up-to-date cancer info

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new national cancer information strategy will benefit patients, clinicians and researchers.

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22 July 2015

news item New guidance for prostate cancer care

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says new clinical guidance will help reduce the harm caused by unnecessary treatments for men with low-risk prostate cancer.

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21 July 2015

news item Record 92% getting free B4 School Checks

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a record 92% of eligible four-year-olds are receiving a free B4 School Check.

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17 July 2015

news item Health providers meet to discuss a more connected health service for Stratford

On Thursday 16 July, Primary Health Care Ltd (PHCL), Taranaki DHB and Stratford Health Trustees met with Stratford Health Centre staff to share their joint vision to develop a more integrated and connected model of service at the Stratford Health Centre.

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15 July 2015

news item An extra month to get free influenza vaccines

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the 2015 seasonal influenza immunisation programme will be extended from 31 July to the end of August.

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9 July 2015

news item New Toolkit Helps Public Have Their Say on Community Alcohol Licensing

A toolkit enabling the public to submit objections to alcohol licence applications has been created by the Taranaki Alcohol Harm Reduction (TAHR) group. This is the only resource of its kind in the country.

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8 July 2015

news item Work underway to improve cervical screening

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a review of the National Cervical Screening Programme shows it is successfully reducing cervical cancer rates, and work is underway to further strengthen the programme.

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2 July 2015

news item Newborn hearing screening strengthened

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says newborn babies across New Zealand are now benefitting from an improved hearing screening programme as a result of the implementation of the 2013 review.

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1 July 2015

news item Free GP visits & prescriptions for under 13s

From today all New Zealand children aged under 13 will be eligible to access free GP visits at any time of the day or night seven days a week, as well as free prescriptions.

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17 June 2015

news item Commissioner appointed at Southern DHB

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today written to Southern DHB dismissing all members of the Board and replacing it with a Commissioner.

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9 June 2015

news item Hawera Emergency Department is for emergencies only

Hawera Hospital’s Emergency department is running at capacity and is urging people who are feeling under the weather to visit their GP with non urgent health complaints.

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4 June 2015

news item Pregnant women and babies most at risk of influenza, whooping cough

Taranaki DHB are encouraging pregnant woman to get free influenza and whooping cough vaccinations this winter and hold a weekly clinic, where mothers and babies can receive their vaccinations. 

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3 June 2015

news item Put fluoride back in New Plymouth’s water says Taranaki DHB

Putting fluoride back into New Plymouth’s water supply is the most safe, effective and affordable way to prevent tooth decay said Rosemary Clements, Taranaki DHB’s Acting CE to Councillors this afternoon at the hearing of NPDC Long Term Plan submissions .

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26 May 2015

news item Taranaki DHB and Stratford community discuss potential of child & maternal hub

Taranaki DHB met together with Stratford community members, health providers, and district councillors on Wednesday 20 May to discuss the potential of a child & maternal hub.

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26 May 2015

news item Steady progress on health targets in Taranaki

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest quarterly health target results show Taranaki DHB is making steady progress.

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26 Mary 2015

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

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

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26 May 2015

news item Health target results – ED wait times achieved

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest quarterly health target results show the shorter stays in emergency departments target has been met for the first time.

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25 May 2015

news item Better online support for youth mental health

The revamped Lowdown website launched today will provide young people with more accessible and responsive online mental health support, says Health Minister Jonathan Coleman. 

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21 May 2015

news item Health investment increases to a record $15.9b

New Zealand’s health budget will reach a record $15.9 billion in the coming year, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says.

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20 May 2015

news item Hospital chapel celebrates 50 years

Taranaki Base Hospital’s Chapel celebrated its 50 year anniversary at the end of last week and marked the occasion with a special service on Saturday.

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15 May 2015

news item 5,500 more doctors and nurses in our hospitals

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a record number of doctors and nurses are working in District Health Boards across the country.

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12 May 2015

news item Flu vaccines top one million doses

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more than one million doses of seasonal influenza vaccine have now been distributed.

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6 May 2015

news item Budget 2015: $98m for more elective surgery

An extra $98 million will be invested in Budget 2015 to provide more New Zealanders with timely elective surgery, and to improve the prevention and treatment of orthopaedic conditions, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says.

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29 April 2015

news item Prevention is key during April Falls month

This month Taranaki DHB, New Plymouth Injury Safe and ACC are promoting Vitamin D supplements and strength and balance exercises to help reduce the risk of falls as part of the national ‘Stand up to Falls’ campaign launched this month.

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29 April 2015

news item Taranaki patients are receiving their first surgical assessment faster

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says Taranaki DHB patients are receiving their first surgical assessments faster compared to ten years ago.

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28 April 2015

news item Rheumatic fever awareness campaign launched

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the 2015 rheumatic fever awareness raising campaign gets underway from today.

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21 April 2015

news item Coleman launches flu immunisation campaign

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman today launched the annual influenza immunisation campaign at Victoria University of Wellington’s Student Hub.

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16 April 2015

news item More pregnant women receive support earlier

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new report shows more women are receiving maternity care from the early stages of their pregnancy.

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16 April 2015

news item Taranaki DHB and Hospice Taranaki encourage conversations that count

Taranaki DHB and Hospice Taranaki are teaming up to help promote Conversations that Count Day on Thursday 16 April. Part of the day is about encouraging people to start conversations about planning for their future and end-of-life care. This is called Advance Care Planning.

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2 April 2015

news item New B4SC resources to boost participation

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says new Before School Check resources aim to further increase participation in the free programme.

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31 March 2015

news item Don’t forget about Healthline this Easter

Chocolate overload is probably the biggest health hazard most Taranaki residents will face over Easter but, as sure as eggs, someone will have a tummy upset, strain their back or develop a nasty cough.

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26 March 2015

news item The Taranaki DHB Board’s decision will provide certainty of access to maternity services

The options appraisal in relation to the future of Stratford Maternity Services was considered by the Taranaki District Health Board at its meeting today.

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26 March 2015

news item Director-General of Health Appointed

State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie has today announced the appointment of Mr Chai Chuah as Chief Executive and Director-General of Health, Ministry of Health.

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23 March 2015

news item Options for Primary Maternity Services for Taranaki Population considered by DHB Board

Taranaki DHB has now completed its future options appraisal for Maternity services for Stratford women, and its recommendations will be considered by the Taranaki DHB Board in its meeting on 26 March.

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23 March 2015

news item 2015 McBroom Estate funding applications - CLOSED 20 March

The McBroom Estate allocates funding annually for health and disability needs in the Waverley and Patea communities. The estate is administered by the Taranaki District Health Board Trust Funds Committee. Funding applications for 2015 have now closed.

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19 March 2015

news item 31% more operations for Taranaki patients

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more Taranaki DHB patients are receiving the elective surgeries they need compared to six years ago.

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16 March 2015

news item Negative Ebola test result for healthcare worker

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the healthcare worker who recently returned from Sierra Leone has tested negative for the Ebola virus.

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12 March 2015

news item WE HEART TARANAKI campaign coming to WOMAD

The Taranaki Health Foundation will be collecting donations for the WE HEART TARANAKI community campaign at the gates of WOMAD from Friday 13 - Sunday 15 March, at the New Plymouth Bowl of Brooklands. The campaign is raising money for a new angiography suite for Taranaki Base Hospital.

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11 March 2015

news item Contamination threat

A threat has been made to contaminate infant and other formula with the toxin 1080.
The New Zealand Government is taking this threat seriously.

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24 February 2015

news item Good progress on health targets in Taranaki

“Taranaki DHB is continuing to improve its performance on the Government’s national health targets. These results are a credit to the health professionals in Taranaki,” says Dr Coleman.

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24 February 2014

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

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

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19 February 2015

news item ‘WE HEART TARANAKI’ fundraising campaign receives major boost from Methanex

The Taranaki Health Foundation is thrilled to announce Methanex New Zealand as the major corporate sponsor of the WE HEART TARANAKI community fundraising campaign launched in Stratford today. The campaign aims to raise $1.2 million towards the cost of a new angiography suite at Taranaki Base Hospital.

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4 February 2015

news item Raising awareness on World Cancer Day

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says World Cancer Day helps to highlight the global initiatives to deliver better, faster cancer care.

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4 February 2015

news item Applications open for Maori health scheme

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says applications are now being taken for the Māori Health Development Scheme 2015/16.

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29 January 2015

news item More children receiving B4 School Checks

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more children than ever are benefiting from the free before school health checks.

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26 January 2015

news item Driveway Run Over Kit to help prevent children’s injuries

In 2014 seven children died in New Zealand as a result of a driveway run over injury. Kidsafe Taranaki Trust is encouraging Taranaki families to be vigilant about driveway safety this year and has a practical tool community groups can use to help share this important message.

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13 January 2015

news item Taranaki Health Foundation announces full support for Mobility Garden enhancements

The Taranaki Health Foundation announces its plans and full funding support of the Mobility Garden project at Taranaki Base Hospital.

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