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Archived Media Releases

This section contains links to archived West Coast District Health Boards media releases.

Plunket to provide free parenting and pregnancy education

11 / 12 / 2015 First time West Coast parents are being encouraged to sign up for Plunket's free Pregnancy and Parenting Education as soon as their pregnancy is confirmed. Details...

Making our hospitals safer

04 / 12 / 2015 A reduction in the number of serious adverse events occurring in West Coast hospitals during the year ending 30 June 2015 is welcome news, Chief Executive David Meates says. Details...

Great strides for South Westland

19 / 10 / 2015 One participant lost 21.3kg, several others lost between 8 and 11kg, Fox Glacier was awarded top town and the winning team from Whataroa walked the equivalent of 4107.1km in the South Westland 100 day challenge. Details...

Take care when gardening!

08 / 10 / 2015 West Coasters are being urged to follow some simple steps in order to avoid getting a serious illness linked to gardening. Details...

DHB to update South Westland community

21 / 09 / 2015 Representatives of the West Coast District Health Board will present an update to the South Westland community at a meeting in Franz Josef next Wednesday night. Details...

West Coast tops in newborn GP enrolments

16 / 09 / 2015 The West Coast Primary Health Organisation has achieved 100% (74 babies in total) enrolments of newborns with general practices, top-ranked in the country in the latest figures released. Details...

Changes to Buller older persons' health services finalised

31 / 08 / 2015 Following nearly a year of conversations with the community and staff in Buller, the West Coast District Health Board will introduce new community-based positions and will soon close the DHB-operated Kynnersley Rest Home in Westport. Details...

West Coast DHB meets majority of health targets

25 / 08 / 2015 The West Coast District Health Board has met five out of seven national health targets, topping the country in one target and narrowly missing two targets by eight and two patients respectively. Details...

Health sector opportunities for students

13 / 08 / 2015 The West Coast District Health Board is again offering its commitment to the next generation of health tertiary students with the 2015 West Coast Health Scholarship and Studentship Awards. Details...

Patients to receive text reminders

31 / 07 / 2015 The West Coast District Health Board will send out reminder texts to patients with specialist appointments from next week. Details...

Flu arrives on West Coast

27 / 07 / 2015 Health officials are urging West Coasters to get their flu vaccination after a recent sharp rise in cases of influenza-like illness. Details...

Plans for new Grey health facilities progressing

24 / 07 / 2015 Plans for the new Grey Base Hospital and Integrated Family Health Centre are now well into the "Developed Design" phase and at this stage it is anticipated that the first sod will be turned in late October. Details...

Zero GP and Prescription Fees for Under 13s

01 / 07 / 2015 If your child is under 13 years and enrolled with a general practice team then getting medical care from today could be a whole lot cheaper. Details...

South Westland challenged to get active

26 / 06 / 2015 South Westland locals are putting their hands up for a 100 day challenge to get more active, starting on Wednesday 1 July. Details...

Planning underway for Allen Bryant residents

26 / 06 / 2015 Plans are being made to ensure the appropriate placement and care of the people displaced from their aged residential care home, Ultimate Care Allen Bryant, due to last week's flooding. Details...

DHB announces changes to Buller older persons' health services

12 / 06 / 2015 The West Coast District Health Board has announced plans to strengthen and enhance home-based services for older people and shift away from the provision of aged residential care facilities in Buller. Details...

Future direction of Buller Older Persons' Health to be outlined at public meeting

05 / 06 / 2015 Priorities identified by the community and the West Coast District Health Board's direction of travel for older persons' health services in Buller will be outlined at a public meeting in Westport next week. Details...

West Coast health system makes spectacular gains in key health targets

26 / 05 / 2015 The West Coast health system has improved its performance in most of the Government's health target categories thanks to efforts of teams across the Coast health system. Details...

Warren & Mahoney to lead Buller IFHC design team

25 / 05 / 2015 Warren & Mahoney Architects will lead the design team for the new Buller Integrated Family Health Centre (IFHC).  Details...

New venue for West Coast Cervical Screening Clinics

25 / 05 / 2015 Free monthly cervical screening clinics for West Coast women are set to continue thanks to a new partnership between West Coast District Health Board and the Cancer Society. Details...

General practice changes hands

30 / 04 / 2015 The High Street Medical Centre in Greymouth has been bought by a group of the general practice's staff members and will continue to provide care for its patients. Details...

West Coast DHB apologises to Gunter family

20 / 04 / 2015 The West Coast District Health Board has unreservedly apologised to the Gunter family for the tragic death of Matthew, Chief Executive David Meates says. Details...

West Coast DHB celebrates patient safety milestone

15 / 04 / 2015 West Coast DHB staff this week celebrated a major patient safety milestone, reaching 1000 days with no Central Line Associated Bacteraemia (CLAB). Details...

Kawatiri planned birthing recommences

02 / 03 / 2015 The planned birthing service for pregnant women who are assessed as being low risk recommences in the Kawatiri Birthing Unit from today. Details...

Pasifika representative sought

24 / 02 / 2015 The West Coast DHB Consumer Council is looking for a Pasifika representative, to fill a current vacancy. Details...

Innovations attract midwives to the Coast

10 / 02 / 2015 Innovative support packages being offered to self-employed Lead Maternity Care (LMC) midwives are attracting new midwives to the Coast. Details...

Planned birthing to recommence in Buller

26 / 01 / 2015 A new provider has been contracted by the West Coast District Health Board to run the Buller Hospital's Kawatiri Birthing Unit, Chief Executive David Meates announced today. Details...

West Coast DHB improves on health targets

26 / 11 / 2014 The West Coast DHB is encouraging feedback from people about their stay in hospital. Details...

Patients asked about hospital experience

25 / 11 / 2014 The West Coast DHB is encouraging feedback from people about their stay in hospital. Details...

New patient information sharing system introduced

17 / 11 / 2014 From today the West Coast District Health Board has introduced HealthOne, a new electronic patient information system to assist health professionals with continuity of care. Details...

Making Our Hospitals Safer

30 / 10 / 2014 The Health Quality and Safety Commission New Zealand report 'Making Our Hospitals Safer' was released today. This is their eighth report on serious adverse events that have occurred in the country's hospitals in the past year. The report can be accessed via the Health Quality and Safety Commission website.. Details...

No increase for routine consultations

17 / 10 / 2014 Fees for routine consultations with your own West Coast District Health Board general practice will not change with the new fee schedule being introduced next month. Details...

West Coast gears up for Ebola

17 / 10 / 2014 The West Coast District Health Board is ensuring it is prepared for Ebola, in line with national and international preparations in case the disease reaches New Zealand. Details...

Retailer breaks law selling tobacco to underaged

15 / 10 / 2014 A tobacco retailer in the Grey District could face a fine of $500 after they were caught selling cigarettes to an underage customer. Details...

Grey Hospital to get new CT scanner

02 / 10 / 2014 Grey Base Hospital's new $800,000 CT scanner arrives soon and should be installed and operational by Thursday 16 October. Details...

Buller Older Persons' Health options discussed

10 / 09 / 2014 Improving community and residential care, enhancing staff recruitment/retention, addressing housing inadequacies and better links between agencies are issues for Buller Older Persons' Health services. Details...

West Coast leads Australasia in systemic fight against infections

04 / 09 / 2014 In a first for Australasia, the West Coast DHB is using software in both its hospitals and general practices that could help identify any superbug outbreaks and will track resistance to antibiotics. Details...

West Coast DHB health targets improve

26 / 08 / 2014 The West Coast District Health Board's fourth quarter performance against the National Health Targets has improved or equalled in all results, bar immunisations. Details...

As flu numbers rise, West Coasters are encouraged to get vaccinated now

25 / 08 / 2014 Time is running out for those who are eligible to get a free flu vaccination. Act now and avoid flu putting a dent in your spring plans but remember free flu vaccinations are only available to those who are eligible until the end of this month August 31. Details...

Reefton community invited to discuss health services

08 / 08 / 2014 A public meeting on Thursday 21 August marks the beginning of an important conversation with the Reefton community on the way to provide targeted, integrated, high quality health services to ensure the wellbeing of Reefton's population. Details...

Vulnerable urged to get flu shots

07 / 08 / 2014 Reports of the number of flu cases on the West Coast rising have prompted local health professionals to urge everyone, particularly pregnant women, older people and those with other health conditions, to get immunised. Details...

Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal helps Coast kids

06 / 08 / 2014 Launching at Greymouth Hospital on 8 August, Countdown stores will be working alongside their local children's wards to host fundraising activities Details...

Charity walk and cycle to raise funds

29 / 07 / 2014 Get your walking shoes and bikes out for the annual West Coast DHB's Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal Charity Walk on Saturday 9 August.  Details...

Health sector opportunities for students

10 / 07 / 2014 The West Coast District Health Board is reaffirming its commitment to the next generation of health tertiary students with the 2014 West Coast Health Scholarship and Studentship Awards. Details...

Maternity web pages born

09 / 07 / 2014 After several months of gestation, health professionals and educators up and down the coast would like to announce the birth of the West Coast maternity services web pages. Details...

Resignation of Dr Paul McCormack, Chair of the West Coast District Health Board

03 / 06 / 2014 Media Release from Dr Paul McCormack, Chair, West Coast District Health Board Details...

Better figures for heart/diabetes checks in West Coast DHB health targets

28 / 05 / 2014 The West Coast District Health Board's performance against the National Health Target for heart and diabetes checks in primary care has continued to climb in Quarter 3. Details...

WCDHB Chair and Chief Executive thrilled to have funding confirmed for Grey Base Hospital

08 / 05 / 2014 West Coast DHB chief executive, David Meates, says today's announcement by the Minister of Health is fantastic news. This gives certainty to our community and to our staff, who can now be confident of a very bright future for health services on the Coast. We now have certainty of a new modern Grey Base Hospital and Integrated Family Health Centre to be built to replace the ageing Grey Base Hospital, Mr Meates said. Details...

Co-ordinated response being developed to help prevent suicide in the West Coast Community

07 / 04 / 2014 The Chair of the West Coast Suicide Prevention Governance Group, Dr Carol Atmore, says a coherent West Coast Suicide Prevention Plan will be developed this year in response to heightened awareness of suicides on the Coast. Details...

West Coast DHB urges young girls and their families not to forget about cervical cancer vaccination

02 / 04 / 2014 The West Coast District Health Board is urging parents of Year Eight girls not to forget to return their consent forms indicating whether they want their daughter to receive the HPV vaccine against cervical cancer. Details...

Progress made on WCDHB Facilities Development Plans

13 / 03 / 2014 A positive and productive meeting was held yesterday by the West Coast Hospital Redevelopment Partnership Group (HRPG). Details...

DHB commits to engagement with Reefton community

07 / 03 / 2014 At a public meeting held last night in Reefton, attended by more than 60 people, West Coast DHB Chief Executive David Meates told the audience that the DHB is committed to engaging with the community about the make up of its health services. Details...

West Coast District Health Board continues to improve on national health targets

25 / 02 / 2014 The West Coast District Health Board continues to achieve encouraging results in the national health targets, despite facing several challenges during the second quarter of 2013/2014. Details...

West Coast DHB continues to invest in improving Buller residents' access to health care

03 / 02 / 2014 The West Coast District Health Board is committed to helping Buller people access health care through supporting the New Zealand Red Cross' free transport service for residents travelling to Grey Base Hospital. Details...

West Coast DHB reminding people to keep safe while swimming these holidays

20 / 12 / 2013 Splash into summer, but keep it safe. That's the message from the West Coast DHB this holiday season. Details...

Full access to health care in Reefton over holiday period

17 / 12 / 2013 The Reefton community can be assured that over the Christmas and January holiday period people will be able to access health services in their own community. Details...

West Coast DHB promoting Safe Sleep Awareness Day

06 / 12 / 2013 The West Coast District Health Board (West Coast DHB) is encouraging new parents to adopt safe sleeping practices for babies. Today is Safe Sleep Awareness Day, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of safe sleeping for babies to prevent Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI). Details...

Making Our Hospitals Safer

21 / 11 / 2013 The reporting today of serious adverse events by the Health Quality and Safety Commission adds emphasis to a focus on the quality of patient care at the West Coast DHB says Chief Medical Officer Dr Carol Atmore, and reflects an improvement in incident reporting. Details...

DHB confirms community consultation with Buller community in the New Year

08 / 11 / 2013 West Coast DHB chief executive David Meates has today confirmed that the Westport community will have a chance to input into the way in which aged care services are organised in Buller in the New Year. Details...

Students get a flavour of rural medicine

06 / 11 / 2013 Three fifth year medical students called the West Coast home this year thanks to the University of Otago's Rural Medical Immersion Programme (RMIP). Details...

Design team meet West Coast staff to progress initial concept design phase for facilities redevelopment

30 / 10 / 2013 Architects and health planners met with clinicians and operational staff from the West Coast DHB last week to start the first stage in the design process for a new $60 million hospital and adjoining Integrated Family Health Centre in Greymouth, and an $8 million Integrated Family Health Centre in Buller. Details...

Musculoskeletal service now available on West Coast

17 / 10 / 2013 Canterbury's approach to providing specialist musculoskeletal services to patients with conditions that are debilitating, but not to the extent they require surgery, has had such good results the programme is being rolled out on the West Coast. Details...

Full steam ahead for new West Coast health facilities - design team appointed

11 / 10 / 2013 Greymouth's new $60 million hospital and adjoining Integrated Family Health Centre is a step closer to reality with the appointment of a design team who will work with WCDHB staff to further develop initial concept designs. Details...

Maternity Services Review

04 / 10 / 2013 David Meates, chief executive of Canterbury and West Coast District Health Boards today released a summary report following a review of maternity services on the Coast. Details...

Connecting For Mental Health

04 / 10 / 2013 The West Coast will see it's biggest ever community event focusing on mental health when Mental Health Awareness Week commences on Monday 7 October. Details...

Generalist doctor appointed to West Coast DHB

25 / 09 / 2013 Brendan is the West Coast DHB's new General Practitioner and Hospital Generalist – a new position that involves working in general practice, ED, anaesthetics and supporting paediatrics and orthopaedics after hours. Details...

WCDHB Chair and Chief Executive Delighted With New Health Facilities Announcement

25 / 09 / 2013 Canterbury and West Coast District Health Board chief executive, David Meates, says this is the news the community and WCDHB staff have been waiting for, for a very long time. Details...

Reefton Hospital continuing to provide safe and effective care

24 / 09 / 2013 It's 116 years old but Reefton Hospital continues to play a vital role in this historic West Coast district. Details...

South Island Health Alliance named finalist in international procurement awards

23 / 09 / 2013 The South Island Alliance has been named a finalist in the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply 2013 Procurement Professional Awards, as a result of its demonstrable professionalism, collective procurement, and efforts to save in excess of $50 million for the five South Island District Health Boards in the last three years. Details...

West Coast DHB introduces new electronic client record

18 / 09 / 2013 A new electronic record tool specifically designed for mental health clinical care has recently gone live at the West Coast District Health Board. It is a pioneer programme that will be implemented by the South Island Alliance into all of the South Island DHBs. Details...

Stroke Awareness Week Runs This Week - Every minute counts

09 / 09 / 2013 Stroke Awareness Week runs from 9 - 15 Sept. Learn to recognise the symptoms of a stroke. You never know when the skills you've learnt will come in useful to help family, friends or someone in the community. Details...

West Coast on a roll for health targets

27 / 08 / 2013 The West Coast District Health Board achieved two health targets it's never met before and continued its exceptional performance in other key areas during Quarter Four. Details...

Strengthening relationships between Canterbury DHB and the West Coast DHB

20 / 08 / 2013 Imagine a hospital with a long corridor says David Brydon, Service Manager Orthopaedic Department at Christchurch Hospital. “That’s the philosophy of the Transalpine service. It’s one service that spans the Alps linking Canterbury and the West Coast.”  Details...

Another first in health innovation for the West Coast

08 / 08 / 2013 The West Coast will be one of the first regions to benefit from a law change that lets clinical pharmacists prescribe within their scope of practice.  Details...

Greymouth community comes together to make a difference during Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal

02 / 08 / 2013 Countdown is again supporting Greymouth children's and maternity wards this year, with the launch of its annual Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal running from 5 August to 27 October 2013. Details...

DHB Nominations Open

01 / 08 / 2013 Nominations for this year's district health board elections are open till noon on Friday August 16. Details...

New parents welcome neonatal outreach service

01 / 08 / 2013 Going home with a new baby is nerve-wracking in any situation, but do it after your baby has spent time in neonatal intensive care and the stress can be overwhelming, says West Coast Public Health Nurse Catherine Andrew. Details...

Section 124 Notices erected on Grey Base Hospital earthquake prone buildings

19 / 07 / 2013 Section 124 Notices have today been placed at the entrance to earthquake prone buildings across Grey Base Hospital in compliance with the Building Act 2004. Details...

West Coast women taking advantage of life-saving cervical screening

02 / 07 / 2013 More than 6000 women in the West Coast region have had cervical screening in the three years to December 2012. Details...

More support needed for teenagers on the Coast

27 / 06 / 2013 Our teenagers need more support across the community to navigate the perils of growing up. Details...

Maori nurse achieves her dream

14 / 06 / 2013 Student nurse Dianna McLean thought she was too old to be a nurse but, after completing a Hauora Maori course in 2009, her career in health hasn't looked back. Details...

DHB supports Maori into health careers

14 / 06 / 2013 Recruiting Maori into health careers on the West Coast is becoming easier, with various initiatives supported by the local District Health Board (DHB). Details...

Listening is first step on path to improving health system

27 / 05 / 2013 Listening to patients' experiences to determine how to improve the health system is the aim of two consumer representatives on West Coast District Health Board's Clinical Board. Details...

New role means better service for cancer patients

17 / 05 / 2013 Former practice nurse at the Greymouth Rural Academic Practice, Andrea Reilly has been appointed into a new role of Cancer Nurse Coordinator for the West Coast District Health Board. Details...

Satisfaction from overcoming the challenges of remote rural locations

02 / 04 / 2013 Bouncing along rural tracks trying to find houses with only a number as a reference can be challenging, but it's worth it to ensure that West Coast children get the protection they need, and that the Government's immunisation targets are met. Details...

Coasters going green for the good of their health

11 / 03 / 2013 In spite of the West Coast having a national image of being populated by rugged outdoors types as fit as the proverbial buck rabbit, the Coast is actually no stranger to the modern epidemic of the Western world - a chronic lack of regular exercise in many people's lives leading to such issues as obesity and diabetes. Details...

Excellent result for West Coast meeting national health targets

01 / 03 / 2013 The West Coast community leads the country for having the shortest stays in an Emergency Department. This is one of six national health targets set by the Minister of Health, which DHBs have to report against on a quarterly basis. Details...

Minister Turia to discuss health and social issue on West Coast

28 / 02 / 2013 West Coast health workers and those working in social services and community NGOs will have a chance to engage directly with the Minister for Whanau Ora on health and social issues when Hon Tariana Turia visits Hokitika and Greymouth on Tuesday 5 March 2013. Details...

Peer reviewed Buller X-ray building, Buller Hospital released

30 / 01 / 2013 A final detailed engineering evaluation [DEE] report received today has determined that while the West Coast DHB's Buller X-ray building, a single story wooden structure at Buller Health, Westport is earthquake prone, it has no critical structural weaknesses that would require the building to be vacated or immediate remedial work to be undertaken. Details...

Peer reviewed CAMHS Engineering Report released

29 / 01 / 2013 A detailed engineering evaluation [DEE] report received yesterday [Monday January 28] has determined that the West Coast DHB's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service [CAMHS] building is not earthquake prone as defined by the Building Act 2004. It is however, at earthquake risk. Details...

Cardiovascular health well cared for

24 / 01 / 2013 West Coasters who have been hospitalised with a cardiovascular disease (CVD) event have the highest rates of being on a treatment regime that reduces the likelihood of further events or death. Details...

West Coast DHB to permanently close its laundry

19 / 12 / 2012 The West Coast District Health Board confirmed today that it will close its laundry service at Grey Base Hospital from Tuesday, 22 January 2013. Details...

West Coast DHB welcomes Government announcement to fast track plans for Grey Base Hospital

19 / 12 / 2012 The West Coast District Health Board (DHB) has welcomed the Government's move to establish a Grey Base Hospital Redevelopment Partnership Group to finalise and fast track plans to redevelop Grey Base Hospital in Greymouth.  Details...

West Coast Children to benefit from Countdown Kids Appeal

18 / 12 / 2012 West Coast children will benefit from new equipment as a result of the generosity displayed by New Zealanders through the Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal. Details...

Warm Up West Coast Insulation Scheme

17 / 12 / 2012 Healthy West Coast has received notice that the Warm Up West Coast Home Insulation Programme has come to a close.  Details...

Major improvements in referral processes at West Coast DHB

14 / 12 / 2012 Recent statements that referrals for bowel cancer from Buller GPs are getting lost at Grey Base Hospital, and that some GP locums are unaware of the West Coast DHB's fast-track processes for treating bowel cancer are no longer valid, says Michael Frampton, Programme Director for the West Coast DHB. Details...

Changes in the maternity area at Grey Base Hospital

11 / 12 / 2012 The necessity to vacate the seaward end of the Morice / McBrearty ward block due to seismic concerns will result in some changes to maternity services at Grey Base Hospital. Details...

Chief Executive's perspective on permanent closure of West Coast DHB Laundry

28 / 11 / 2012 In the last few days I have received a number of questions from members of the community about our decision to consult with staff on the permanent closure of the laundry at Grey Base Hospital. Details...

Consultation on permanent closure of West Coast DHB Laundry

23 / 11 / 2012 The need for substantial expenditure to bring Grey Base Hospital buildings to a safe seismic standard, alongside potential South Island-wide changes in the way laundry services are provided to district health boards, have together compelled the West Coast District Health Board to investigate closing its laundry on a permanent basis. Details...

Making Our Hospitals Safer

21 / 11 / 2012 The West Coast District Health Board welcomes the release of a report on 'Sentinel and Serious Events' by the Health Quality and Safety Commission, says Chief Medical Officer Dr Carol Atmore. Details...

Buller Weekend Emergency clinic move to Outpatients department

21 / 11 / 2012 Urgent after-hours clinics previously held at the Buller Health Medical Centre will move to the Buller Health Outpatients Department this from weekend; Saturday November 24 and Sunday November 25. Details...

Relocation moves begin at Grey Base Hospital

16 / 11 / 2012 Today sees the beginning of a number of shifts of Grey Base Hospital services that will result in the eventual vacation of the seaward end of the Morice Ward / McBrearty Ward and Medical Administration block. Details...

Important changes to accessing personal medical records

16 / 11 / 2012 An improved system for sharing medical records between health professionals is expected to enhance patient care on the West Coast. Details...

New Zealand Red Cross Community Transport Westport

12 / 11 / 2012 New Zealand Red Cross in conjunction with West Coast District Health Board and Buller REAP are pleased to announce the trial of a Community Transport Service from Westport to Grey Base Hospital. Details...

Update - Associate Minister of Health Tariana Turia unable to visit the West Coast

29 / 10 / 2012 Unfortunately the visit of Minister Tariana Turia scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday October 30 has had to be cancelled. Details...

Associate Minister of Health Tariana Turia to visit the West Coast

29 / 10 / 2012 West Coast health workers and those working in social services and community NGOs will have a chance to engage directly with the Minister for Whānau Ora on health and social issues when Hon Tariana Turia visits Hokitika and Greymouth on Tuesday (30 October). Details...

Spring 'snapshot' out this week

12 / 10 / 2012 The West Coast District Health Board this week releases its fourth Report to the Community, a newsletter giving a snapshot of the latest that's happening in the health system on the West Coast. Details...

Parfitt Kids - Making a child's time in hospital a little less stressful

04 / 10 / 2012 The experience of having children in hospital has encouraged two Greymouth women to set up a trust to support children from across the West Coast who are admitted to Parfitt Children's Ward at the Grey Base Hospital. Details...

Further update on seismic issues at Grey Base Hospital

28 / 09 / 2012 This week the West Coast DHB received preliminary engineering evaluations regarding seismic risk to further hospital facilities in Greymouth. Details...

Update on seismic issues at Grey Base Hospital

20 / 09 / 2012 Over the past ten days, staff at the West Coast District Health Board (DHB) have been working hard to identify options for reconfiguring services in light of the facility constraints emerging from new information about seismic risk. Details...

West Coast DHB to establish a Complex Clinical Care Network

17 / 09 / 2012 In July this year the West Coast DHB asked staff for their feedback on a report that sought to replace the current Needs Assessment and Service Co-ordination service, known as Carelink, with a Complex Clinical Care Network (CCCN) for older person's health. Details...

West Coast DHB moves urgently to address critical seismic issues at Grey Base Hospital

07 / 09 / 2012 The West Coast DHB is moving urgently to address critical seismic issues in two of its buildings at Grey Base Hospital. This week it received a detailed engineering report regarding Morice Ward, the Critical Care Unit, Waterson Day Surgery Unit, McBrearty Ward and medical administration, and a preliminary engineer's report on Hannan and Barclay Wards advising that both buildings are earthquake prone. Details...

Consultation on change to West Coast DHB Leadership Team

06 / 09 / 2012 Significant progress has been made in the past few months as the West Coast District Health Board continues along the pathway of transforming the way health services are delivered on the West Coast. Details...

Cervical Screening Awareness Month a prompt for West Coast women

30 / 08 / 2012 West Coast women are urged to use September - Cervical Screening Awareness Month - as a reminder to have a cervical smear test every three years. Details...

Big improvement in HPV immunisation rates

23 / 08 / 2012 Good communication with schools, careful co-ordination with rural GP visits, and collaboration with the Cervical Screening Programme has resulted in much-improved immunisation rates on the Coast for the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Details...

Seismic testing to start at Buller Health

17 / 08 / 2012 Drilling equipment will move on to the Buller Health site next week to begin seismic testing of the land. Details...

Nurses play vital role on the West Coast

16 / 08 / 2012 The West Coast DHB is well aware of the vital role nurses play in delivering quality health care to the people living on the Coast. Details...

Recruitment initiatives introduced to the Coast

15 / 08 / 2012 A new careers website, faster processing of applications, a presence at a London-based recruitment expo and closer links with the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) are among initiatives to attract health professionals to roles in hospitals and the community on the West Coast. Details...

Statement from the Family of Tayne Bowes after a Tragic Accident

14 / 08 / 2012 Mark and Katrina Bowes are devastated and heartbroken at the loss of their son Tayne in a tragic accident on Sunday night. Details...

Parents urged to use free health checks for four-year-olds

09 / 08 / 2012 While the majority of West Coast parents are taking advantage of the free B4 School Check wellness programme for four year olds, there is still room to capture more, co-ordinator Lorraine Williams says. Details...

Weight loss and physical activity programmes a first on the Coast

03 / 08 / 2012 Free weight-loss and physical activity programmes are a first for the Coast, offering support, monitoring and education for people concerned about their weight and/or eager to become more physically active. Details...

Gastroenteritis at Grey Base Hospital

30 / 07 / 2012 Morice Ward at Grey Base Hospital went onto 'restricted access' on Friday as several patients and staff experienced symptoms of gastroenteritis. The illness, confirmed as Norovirus, causes vomiting and diarrhoea. Details...

Director appointed to health workforce collaboration

30 / 07 / 2012 A new collaboration between the five South Island district health boards (DHBs) focussed on health workforce development has achieved a key milestone with the appointment of its inaugural Regional Programme Director of Training. Details...

West Coast launch of Countdown Kids Appeal

27 / 07 / 2012 The West Coast launch of the 2012 Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal will be held at the Parfitt paediatric unit at Grey Base Hospital at 11.00 am on Friday August 3.  Details...

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Update

05 / 07 / 2012 The pertussis outbreak that was first detected on the West Coast in May last year is now being experienced in other areas of the country, including in Canterbury, Nelson-Marlborough and parts of the North Island. Details...

West Coast DHB consulting with staff on proposed changes to Needs Assessment and Service Co-ordination service

05 / 07 / 2012 Ensuring that services for older people living on the Coast are robust and efficient is a priority for the West Coast District Health Board Details...

West Coast DHB working closely with Canterbury DHB to provide orthopaedic services

04 / 07 / 2012 The West Coast DHB is working more closely with Canterbury DHB to provide comprehensive orthopaedic services to the West Coast community as part of a transalpine approach to providing sustainable services for the West Coast.  Details...

Free general practice visits extended for children under six

03 / 07 / 2012 From 1 July the West Coast is implementing the Government policy of providing free after hours primary health care to children aged under six years Details...

Update Obstetric and Gynaecology Services at West Coast District Health Board

29 / 06 / 2012 Ongoing efforts from the West Coast District Health Board to secure specialist Obstetric and Gynaecology for an anticipated shortage from July 2 to July 5 have been successful. Details...

Obstetric and Gynaecology Services at West Coast District Health Board

27 / 06 / 2012 The West Coast District Health Board (WCDHB) is making arrangements to ensure women have access to obstetrics and gynaecology services for four days at the start of July when none will be available locally. Details...

Seismic testing to continue on Grey Hospital site

18 / 06 / 2012 Drilling equipment will move on to the Grey Base Hospital site this week to begin seismic testing of the land. Details...

Winter snapshot out this week

11 / 06 / 2012 The West Coast District Health Board this week releases its third Report to the Community, a newsletter giving a snapshot of the latest that's happening in the health system on the West Coast. Details...

Transport of Cardiac Patients

01 / 06 / 2012 A West Coast DHB Xcelr8 project is making a significant difference to the appropriate transfer of cardiac patients from the West Coast to Christchurch for treatment and care. Details...

Excellent result for West Coast meeting national health targets

30 / 05 / 2012 The West Coast DHB has improved its performance in three of the six targets and maintained its position in the other three targets measured for Quarter 3 of the 2011/12 year says Chief Executive David Meates. Details...

Daily smoking drops dramatically among Year 10s

30 / 05 / 2012 The latest Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) Year 10 smoking survey shows that daily smoking rates among West Coasters aged 14-15 years have dropped massively in the last 12 years, from 22.5% to 4.3% last year. Details...

Grey Base Hospital closes Laundry and Boiler House

25 / 05 / 2012 West Coast District Health Board chief executive, David Meates, said the DHB received a detailed engineer's report yesterday which found the Laundry and Boiler House and Boiler House chimney at Grey Base Hospital to be earthquake-prone and high risk. Details...

New board will lead clinical governance

08 / 05 / 2012 The newly established West Coast Health System Clinical Board today holds its first meeting, as a step towards providing stronger clinical leadership and clinical governance with the primary aim of ensuring safe, sustainable health care services on the Coast. Details...

West Coast Mum hopeful of a hospital-free winter

02 / 05 / 2012 A West Coast mother is looking forward to hopefully a hospital-free winter for her five-year-old son, following installation of home insulation under the Government's Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart scheme. Details...

Opinion piece - Future of health services on the West Coast

27 / 04 / 2012 Over recent weeks there has been a lot of speculation in the media around the future of health services on the West Coast. Details...

Theatre Postponements

18 / 04 / 2012 The West Coast DHB regrets that some patients have had their surgery postponed this week due to unexpected anaesthetist illness. Details...

Successful Public Meetings

13 / 04 / 2012 During the second half of March, DHB Chief Medical Officer Dr Carol Atmore led a series of advertised public meetings up and down the West Coast on the future direction of the health system on the West Coast. Details...

Response from West Coast District Health Board re proposed changes to orthopaedic services on the West Coast

04 / 04 / 2012 Responding to recent media coverage about a proposed change to the way orthopaedic services will be delivered on the West Coast, West Coast DHB Chief Executive, David Meates said, "We have said for some time that we have to live within our means..." Details...

West Coast DHB calls for expressions of interest

04 / 04 / 2012 The West Coast District Health Board is seeking expressions of interest from individuals, investors or companies keen to be involved in the development of the proposed integrated family health centre for the Buller region. Details...

Outpatients urged to attend appointments

30 / 03 / 2012 West Coasters are being encouraged to make their outpatient appointments a priority, with patients on appointment waiting lists missing out on moving up the list when others just do not turn up. Details...

West Coasters offered free flu protection

23 / 03 / 2012 West Coasters are being urged to call their doctor or nurse as soon as possible to book their 'flu' vaccination before the start of winter - the vaccination is free for many people. Details...

Public meetings throughout the West Coast

15 / 03 / 2012 Following the successful Community Health Expo held in Greymouth, the West Coast DHB is running a series of public meetings to discuss changes to the health system on the West Coast. People are invited to come along to share their ideas. Details...

West Coast DHB decides on Buller Health site as location for new Integrated Family Health Centre

12 / 03 / 2012 On Friday the West Coast District Health Board agreed that its preferred site for the proposed Buller Integrated Family Health Centre is the current Buller Health site. Details...

West Coast DHB committed to maintaining quality orthopaedic care on Coast

08 / 03 / 2012 David Meates, Chief Executive of the West Coast DHB said that providing quality orthopaedic care on the West Coast will continue, however it must be provided in a manner that is affordable. Details...

Second 'snapshot' released this week

06 / 03 / 2012 The West Coast District Health Board this week releases its second Report to the Community, a newsletter giving a snapshot of the latest that's happening in the health sector on the West Coast. Details...

Excellent result for West Coast meeting national health targets

28 / 02 / 2012 West Coast DHB performance against Government health targets for Quarter 2 of the 2011/12 year is very pleasing says Chief Executive David Meates. Details...

Making Our Hospitals Safer

20 / 02 / 2012 The reporting today of Sentinel and Serious Events by the Health Quality and Safety Commission sharpens the focus on the quality of patient care at the West Coast DHB says Chief Medical Officer Dr Carol Atmore. Details...

New approach to care for mental health unit

09 / 02 / 2012 A method of care that reduces the need for restraint and seclusion for mental health clients is being introduced to Greymouth Hospital's Manaakitanga Acute Admissions Unit. Details...

New streamlined phone system for Buller Health Medical Centre

03 / 02 / 2012 Patients calling Westport's Buller Health Medical Centre are being asked to think ahead about what type of service they are seeking, when a new automated telephone service kicks in this month. Details...

Progress on Buller Integrated Family Health Centre

31 / 01 / 2012 Following submissions and feedback from the community, health professionals and other interested parties on the proposed Buller Integrated Family Health Centre (IFHC), the Board of the West Coast DHB has concluded that the Buller IFHC should be built on a single site and that aged care be combined under a single provider. Details...

New Smokefree Co-ordinator Determined To Get Smoking Rates Down

19 / 01 / 2012 The West Coast's new Smokefree Services Co-ordinator, along with local health organisations, is determined to improve the Coast's smoking rates, among the highest in the country. Details...

New appointments process for South Westland health clinics

23 / 12 / 2011 A new 0800 phone number has been launched for South Westland health clinics. Details...

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Update (11)

23 / 12 / 2011 The pertussis outbreak currently being experienced continues to infect more people, particularly children on the West Coast. Details...

Innovative health service making a difference on the Coast

21 / 12 / 2011 An innovative service that helps people navigate their way through health and social services continues to go from strength to strength, with client numbers doubling in four years.  Details...

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Update (10)

14 / 12 / 2011 The pertussis outbreak currently being experienced continues to infect more people, particularly children on the West Coast.  Details...

West Coast Children benefit from Countdown Kids Appeal

12 / 12 / 2011 West Coast children will benefit from new equipment as a result of the generosity displayed by New Zealanders through the Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal. Details...

New community respite care programme starts next month

12 / 12 / 2011 A service giving older people the opportunity to have respite care in a homely and comfortable setting is starting on the West Coast next month. Details...

Excellent result for West Coast meeting national health targets

01 / 12 / 2011 Overall the first quarter heath results (2011/12) for the West Coast DHB are an excellent result, says DHB CE David Meates. Details...

West Coast DHB releases its Annual Report

24 / 11 / 2011 The West Coast District Health Board has released its Annual Report for 2010 -2011. The report can be uploaded from the DHB's website. Details...

Share for Care goes live at end of November

23 / 11 / 2011 West Coast residents are encouraged to actively opt-in to the Share for Care system before the first upload of health information into the system takes place at the end of the month. Details...

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Update (9)

18 / 11 / 2011 A combination of childhood immunisation, provision of a booster vaccine and seasonal change may be having an effect on the current pertussis outbreak on the West Coast. Details...

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Update (8)

11 / 11 / 2011 With no new suspected cases of pertussis reported from Westland in the past week, health officials are hopeful that the pertussis outbreak there has run its course. Elsewhere on the West Coast new cases are being reported from Grey and Buller districts, generally associated with family or household clusters. Details...

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Update (7)

04 / 11 / 2011 The majority of new suspected cases of pertussis on the West Coast now come from the Grey district with sporadic cases being reported from Westland and Buller districts. Details...

Important changes to accessing personal medical records

03 / 11 / 2011 A new way of managing personal medical records is being introduced on the West Coast, and residents are encouraged to actively 'opt-in' to the system. Details...

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Update (6)

28 / 10 / 2011 The number of new cases of pertussis in Westland district has now reduced significantly, however, the outbreak is spreading to other districts. The majority of new suspected pertussis notifications come from the Grey District. Details...

Immunisation

27 / 10 / 2011 There are various reasons why parents do not have their children immunised. Unfortunately, recent outbreaks of diseases like whooping cough and measles are testimony to what happens when not enough members of a community are immunised against them, writes West Coast Medical Officer of Health Dr Cheryl Brunton. Details...

Business case and Feedback on Buller Integrated Family Health Centre

26 / 10 / 2011 West Coast DHB is happy to release the report 'Building a Better Buller Health System: Buller Integrated Family Health Centre Development Plan and Indicative / Strategic Business Case' together with copies of the written submissions received from the public, staff and unions regarding the proposed Buller Integrated Family Health Centre. Details...

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Update (5)

21 / 10 / 2011 While the number of new cases of pertussis from Westland district has reduced, the number in the Grey district is starting to climb. At this stage all the cases in Grey have a link to Westland. Details...

Buller Integrated Family Health Centre

17 / 10 / 2011 The Board of the West Coast DHB received 'Building a Better Buller Health System: Buller Integrated Family Health Centre Development Plan and Indicative / Strategic Business Case' together with copies of the feedback received after the September public meeting in Westport at its meeting in Greymouth on Friday October 14. Details...

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Update (4)

14 / 10 / 2011 The free booster vaccine now available to health care workers, early childhood education staff, and those living with a baby under the age of six months is only part of what's needed to help contain the current outbreak of pertussis on the West Coast says Dr Cheryl Brunton, the West Coast Medical Officer of Health. Details...

Obstetric and Gynaecology Services at West Coast District Health Board

12 / 10 / 2011 Due to unexpected illness, no specialist Obstetric & Gynaecology cover is available onsite at the West Coast DHB until the evening of Thursday 13 October 2011. Details...

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Update (3)

07 / 10 / 2011 A free booster vaccine will be available to health care and early childhood education staff along with parents of a baby under the age of six months to help combat the current pertussis outbreak on the West Coast. Access to the free vaccine will be through their General Practice. Details...

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Update (2)

30 / 09 / 2011 Steps to protect young children and babies have been announced as part of the health sector approach to combat the current pertussis outbreak on the West Coast. Details...

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Update

23 / 09 / 2011 Parents are urged to keep children home from school or preschool and to stay at home from work themselves, if they develop a persistent cough. Details...

500 homes to be insulated on the West Coast for free

22 / 09 / 2011 Five hundred West Coast homes will be insulated for free through a joint venture between the West Coast District Health Board, Autex GreenStuf, contractor The Insulation Company, and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) via the Government's insulation programme Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart (WUNZ). Details...

Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

19 / 09 / 2011 The West Coast's Medical Officer of Health is urging parents to keep children home from school or preschool, and to stay at home from work themselves, if they develop a cough, as part of measures to combat an outbreak of whooping cough on the West Coast. The outbreak is centred on Hokitika in Westland.  Details...

Improving health services in Buller - Editorial by David Meates, CE West Coast DHB

14 / 09 / 2011 On Monday (September 19) there is a further public meeting at the NBS Westport Centre to update the community about the proposed integrated family health centre for Buller. Ensuring you have the opportunity to provide more feedback about the proposals and understand the reason for change is important. Details...

Successful weekend for West Coast medical families

07 / 09 / 2011 A weekend for West Coast health professionals focusing on inter-disciplinary learning proved extremely successful, according to organisers and participants. Details...

Newsletter gives snapshot of the West Coast health sector

05 / 09 / 2011 The West Coast District Health Board this week releases its first Report to the Community, a newsletter giving a snapshot of what is happening in the health sector on the West Coast. Details...

Excellent result for West Coast meeting national health targets

01 / 09 / 2011 West Coast residents are receiving very good service from their DHB in the latest health target results released yesterday... Details...

Cervical Screening Awareness Month a prompt for West Coast women

24 / 08 / 2011 Women on the West Coast are being urged to use September - Cervical Screening Awareness Month - as a prompt to take control of their own health. Details...

West Coast DHB and Granger House working together to improve services

24 / 08 / 2011 The West Coast DHB and UniMed, the owners of Granger House rest home in Greymouth are working together to address concerns about the quality of patient care and staffing. Details...

West Coast Exceeds Surgery Targets

17 / 08 / 2011 More West Coasters than ever before had surgery performed at the DHB during the last financial year.  Details...

Increase in funding for dementia care on West Coast

09 / 08 / 2011 Dementia care on the West Coast will benefit from an extra $90,000 this year following a funding increase announced in the 2011 budget. The extra funding will increase the opportunity for more rest home level dementia care beds that are in short supply on the Coast. Details...

West Coast mums participate in World Breastfeeding week

03 / 08 / 2011 Outstanding breastfeeding rates on the West Coast will see mums on the Coast taking this Friday's Big Latch On in their stride as part of World Breastfeeding Week. Details...

Bringing rural medicine to the forefront

04 / 07 / 2011 Rural medicine is general practice at its most challenging and satisfying, says Westport-based rural GP registrar Dr Amir Khan. Details...

West Coast DHB leading the way with Telemedicine initiatives

27 / 06 / 2011 Further improvements are being planned for the delivery of medical support to the West Coast from a distance, giving improved and more equitable access to health care services. Details...

Feedback Released on Buller Integrated Family Health Centre

23 / 06 / 2011 West Coast DHB is happy to release the 42 written submissions that were received from the public, staff and unions regarding the proposed Buller Integrated Family Health Centre. Details...

Community gives feedback on Buller Integrated Family Health Centre

20 / 06 / 2011 West Coast DHB CE David Meates expressed his pleasure at the interest generated in this first phase of engagement regarding the proposal. Details...

Whataroa and Hari Hari Rural Nurses

16 / 06 / 2011 'No loss of services to the community and more manageable staff workloads are the outcomes of a study into the rural nursing requirements of Whataroa and Hari Hari. Details...

Excellent result for West Coast meeting national health targets

26 / 05 / 2011 'West Coast residents should feel very happy with the performance of their DHB in the latest health target results released today,' says DHB CE David Meates. Details...

Feedback from Community still wanted on Buller Health Services Plan

23 / 05 / 2011 West Coast DHB CE, David Meates is reminding people to have their say on the proposed Buller Health services plan. The plan describes the proposed new model of care for Buller, examines the options in terms of a new facility and looks at the predicted volumes and types of care to be provided in the future. Details...

Sapere Buller Health Services Plan

13 / 05 / 2011 The West Coast DHB is pleased to release the Buller Health services plan – it's a draft report that describes the proposed new model of care, examines the options in terms of a new facility and looks at the predicted volumes and types of care to be provided in the future. Details...

West Coast leads the way in breastfeeding

02 / 05 / 2011 West Coast mothers are leading the charge in their commitment to breastfeeding with latest figures showing breastfeeding rates at six months are nearly twice the national target. Details...

Buller residents reminded to have their say to help shape community health services

02 / 05 / 2011 Buller residents are being urged to attend a meeting at 7 pm this Thursday 5 May at the NBS Theatre in Westport to discuss the future of the community's health services. Details...

Public Meeting to Discuss Future Health Services in Buller

15 / 04 / 2011 Buller residents will get the chance to help shape the future of the community's health services at a public meeting being held next month. Details...

Buller JAG on Integrated Family Health Centre for Westport close to conclusion

23 / 03 / 2011 The Buller Joint Action Group (JAG), tasked with designing a model for an Integrated Family Health Centre based in Westport, is close to finishing its work on developing a proposal for future service delivery. Details...

Preventing the spread of infection

10 / 03 / 2011 Advice given to Christchurch residents since the February 22 earthquake about the risks from spreading infections is a timely reminder of the importance of good hygiene to help prevent the spread of infections in all of our families and communities. Details...

Christchurch Earthquake Update, 2nd March 2011

02 / 03 / 2011 There has been an increase in presentations to General Practices and the Greymouth Emergency Department from people who have relocated from Christchurch.  Details...

Christchurch Earthquake Update, 28th February 2011

28 / 02 / 2011 There was additional strain on General Practices and the Greymouth Emergency Department from people who have relocated from Christchurch. However, this is easing now that the initial rush of people with minor quake related injuries is over. Details...

Christchurch Earthquake Update, 25th February 2011

25 / 02 / 2011 West Coast DHB has resumed elective surgery however this has been impacted by the availability of some Christchurch-based specialists. Details...

Hospital Equipment Request

25 / 02 / 2011 The West Coast DHB is urgently requesting the return of any loan equipment that patients no longer require. With the number of people suffering injuries as a result of the Christchurch earthquake it is anticipated that there will be a significant demand for such equipment. Details...

Joint Action Group Progress Enhanced Service for Buller

15 / 02 / 2011 Significant progress was made towards the development of an enhanced model of health service delivery for people in the Buller district at the Joint Action Group meeting in Westport last Wednesday. Details...

Warriors help launch Heart Week

07 / 02 / 2011 Four Vodafone Warriors visited Grey Base Hospital on Friday to show their support and help launch National Heart Week on the West Coast.  Details...

Ngakawau Health Clinic to reopen

04 / 02 / 2011 The West Coast DHB Health Clinic at Ngakawau is to reopen on Monday 7 February. The clinic has been closed after it was damaged in an arson attack just after Christmas. Details...

Good progress in child immunisation coverage

28 / 01 / 2011 GP practices and the Outreach Immunisation Service's strong commitment to achieving the Government's health target to fully immunise 95 per cent of two-year-olds is paying dividends. Details...

Elective surgery to increase at the West Coast DHB

28 / 01 / 2011 West Coast District Health Board has developed a plan to ensure it achieves its elective surgery target for the 2010/11 year. Details...

Fresh Future Trust Presentation

14 / 12 / 2010 West Coast children's hospital services will benefit significantly as the result of the 2010 Fresh Future Appeal. Details...

Health Assistance Offered To West Coast

09 / 12 / 2010 West Coast healthcare providers have been receiving many offers of assistance and support following the tragedy at the Pike River Coal mine last month. Details...

West Coast District Health Board Chair

03 / 12 / 2010 West Coast District Health Board's current deputy chair Dr Paul McCormack will next week take up his seat as the new chair of the board. Details...

Pike River Mine Incident - Focus on looking after each other

26 / 11 / 2010 As the West Coast comes to terms with the tragedy at the Pike River Coal mine, it is particularly important that the community looks after themselves, friends and whanau. Details...

Pike River Mine Incident - Update from Grey Base Hospital

20 / 11 / 2010 Pike River Coal miners, Russell Smith (50) and Daniel Rockhouse (24), who both received moderate injuries after an explosion at the mine yesterday, have been discharged from Grey Base Hospital. Details...

Pike River Mine Incident

19 / 11 / 2010 Two men from the Pike River Coal mine near Greymouth have arrived at Grey Base Hospital for treatment following an explosion at the mine late this afternoon.  Details...

Nurse Practitioner Appointed

16 / 11 / 2010 Canadian Nurse Practitioner Friederike von Aweyden has been appointed to the newly created position of Nurse Practitioner at the Rural Academic General Practice at Grey Base Hospital. Details...

Ken Mason to chair Health Leadership Team

10 / 11 / 2010 Retired District Court Judge, Ken Mason has been appointed as an independent chair of the leadership team charged with implementing primary healthcare reforms on the West Coast.  Details...

Industrial Action

08 / 11 / 2010 The West Coast District Health Board has received notice from the Association of Professionals and Executive Employees (APEX) that radiographers are withdrawing their labour from 8.00am on Tuesday 9 September until 7.00am Thursday 11 November. Details...

Health Needs Questionnaire

18 / 10 / 2010 There has been an excellent response by West Coast residents to the survey regarding priorities for the District Health Board with over 800 responses received. Public feedback has requested that the response time be extended to give more people the opportunity to submit their opinions. Details...

Upgraded Dental Clinic Opened

08 / 10 / 2010 Over 700 preschool to adolescent aged patients from the Hokitika area will benefit from the opening of a significantly upgraded West Coast District Health Board dental facility at Hokitika Primary School. Details...

Rural Academic General Practice Opening

08 / 10 / 2010 Prime Minister John Key reaffirmed the Government's commitment to the training of medical staff at yesterday's opening of the Rural Academic General Practice at Grey Base Hospital. Details...

Tender let for new Franz Josef health facility

27 / 09 / 2010 St John and the West Coast District Health Board (WCDHB) are pleased to announce that, following a tender process, they have chosen a construction company for the new combined ambulance station and medical centre at Franz Josef. Details...

Health Needs Questionnaire

22 / 09 / 2010 West Coast residents are being surveyed for their thoughts regarding priorities for the District Health Board. Details...

Primary Health Organisation (PHO) Performance Programme

14 / 09 / 2010 The West Coast District Health Board is pleased by the PHO Performance Programme results for the period 1 July - 31 December 2009, released by the Ministry of Health on Friday. Details...

Earthquake Health Relief

08 / 09 / 2010 Three West Coast District Health Board nurses left Greymouth this morning to assist with providing healthcare in Christchurch. Details...

Relocation of Greymouth Family Health Centre to Rural Academic General Practice

07 / 09 / 2010 Greymouth Family Health Centre is to relocate to the new Rural Academic General Practice when it opens on the Grey Base Hospital site on Monday 13th September. Details...

Final Phase of 2010 HPV Vaccination Programme to Start

06 / 09 / 2010 The HPV immunisation programme to help protect girls and young women from future cervical cancer has hit a key milestone with more than 100,000 eligible young New Zealand women having made the choice to get vaccinated. Details...

Industrial Action

03 / 09 / 2010 The West Coast District Health Board has received notice from the Association of Professionals and Executive Employees (APEX) that radiographers are withdrawing their labour from 7.00am on Tuesday 7 September until 7.00am Wednesday 8 September. Details...

Home Care Workers Gain Qualifications

27 / 08 / 2010 Thirteen West Coast home care workers will today graduate with their National Certificate in Community Support Skills, Level 2. Details...

Have the Flu? - Phone First

13 / 08 / 2010 People with the flu on the West Coast are urged to phone their local medical centre or Healthline any time of the day or night if they have concerns regarding influenza. Details...

Swine Flu Still Here

13 / 08 / 2010 Dr Cheryl Brunton, West Coast Medical Officer of Health reports that Swine H1N1 Influenza has now been detected on the West Coast.  Details...

Medical Advice for West Coasters

05 / 08 / 2010 A new procedure for West Coasters needing medical advice has been launched by the West Coast District Health Board and the West Coast Primary Health Organisation. Details...

Call your local Medical Centre early if you have the flu – West Coast doctors

05 / 08 / 2010 Although Swine H1N1 Influenza is not yet present in West Coast communities, local doctors are urging people who think they may have the flu to call their general practice or rural nurse clinic promptly, so that antiviral medicines can be prescribed if necessary. Details...

Fresh Future Appeal

04 / 08 / 2010 West Coast children are again set to benefit as the 2010 Fresh Future Appeal is launched this week. Details...

Feedback received on Better, Sooner, More Convenient Primary Health Care Plan

21 / 07 / 2010 We thank those people who took the time to respond to the 'Better, Sooner, More Convenient' (BSMC) plan. We acknowledge the points raised, and below provide a summary of our response to the feedback received. Details...

Women's and Children's Health Initiatives Presented at WCDHB Meeting

14 / 07 / 2010 Canterbury District Health Board's (CDHB) Women's and Children's Division is putting its support behind West Coast efforts to enhance the consistency and quality of women's and children's health services on the Coast. Details...

Update 2 - Obstetric and Gynaecology Services at West Coast District Health Board

08 / 07 / 2010 As stated in the release of 1 July 2010, the West Coast DHB wishes to confirm that they will not have any specialist Obstetric & Gynaecology cover available onsite from the morning of Monday 12 July 2010 until the morning of Friday 16 July 2010. Details...

Update - Obstetric and Gynaecology Services at West Coast District Health Board

01 / 07 / 2010 Further to the release of 28 June 2010, the West Coast DHB wishes to advise that currently they have no specialist Obstetric & Gynaecology cover available onsite from the morning of Monday 12 July 2010 until the morning of Friday 16 July 2010.  Details...

An Innovative Joint Approach to Health Care on the West Coast

28 / 06 / 2010 St John and the West Coast District Health Board (WCDHB) are pleased to announce that they have finalised a collaborative agreement for the new combined ambulance station and medical centre at Franz Josef. Details...

Obstetric and Gynaecology Services at West Coast District Health Board

28 / 06 / 2010 The West Coast DHB wishes to advise that for the next month there will be times when there is only limited specialist Obstetric and Gynaecology cover available onsite. Details...

Ophthalmology Services at West Coast District Health Board

11 / 06 / 2010 After a Request for Proposal (tender) process, the West Coast District Health Board is to change Ophthalmology service provider for Greymouth and Westland Districts from 1 July 2010. Details...

ASMS letter regarding the West Coast Integrated Family Health Centre proposal

28 / 05 / 2010 The West Coast District Health Board has received a letter from the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists regarding the West Coast Integrated Family Health Centre proposal. Details...

West Coast District Health Board performs well against health targets

20 / 05 / 2010 The West Coast District Health Board has figured well in the Ministry of Health's third quarter figures on District Health Board performance against the six Government health targets. Details...

Medical Students in Greymouth 'teleport' to students and teachers around NZ

19 / 05 / 2010 Thanks to help from both Solid Energy and the West Coast District Health Board (WCDHB) the Coast's three resident year 5 medical students will be able to continue presentations, seminars and lectures with their teachers and colleagues over a special medical video network. Details...

Senior Clinical Appointments

19 / 05 / 2010 The West Coast District Health Board is pleased to announce the appointment of two West Coast doctors to senior roles within the organisation. Details...

Better, sooner, more convenient primary health care for the West Coast

18 / 05 / 2010 Better, sooner and more convenient primary health care will be the result if the proposal developed by the West Coast Primary Health Organisation in collaboration with the West Coast District Health Board is implemented in the future. Details...

CDHB to Provide Chief Executive Services to the West Coast

27 / 04 / 2010 Collaboration between the West Coast and Canterbury District Health Boards has moved a step closer with an agreement between both organisations to share a Chief Executive from 1 July. Details...

Emergency Planning Exercise Tests Hospital Staff

20 / 04 / 2010 Staff from Grey Base Hospital dealt with 29 patients from a crash between a car and the Tranz Alpine Train on Wednesday morning. Details...

Surgery Back On Schedule

20 / 04 / 2010 Surgery is back on schedule at the West Coast District Health Board following replacement of three of four anaesthetic machines at Grey Base Hospital. Details...

Anaesthetic Machine Issues

08 / 04 / 2010 Anaesthetic machines at Grey Base Hospital are having reliability issues despite recent technical servicing. Details...

Child Health Services

06 / 04 / 2010 South Island Children's Health Service representatives have come together to ensure services are available to children in the future, wherever they live in South Island. Details...

Industrial Action

06 / 04 / 2010 The West Coast District Health Board has received notice from the Association of Professionals and Executive Employees (APEX) that radiographers will not be available for after-hours work from Tuesday 6 April until Monday 19 April. Details...

Closure of Dobson Medical Clinic

19 / 03 / 2010 The West Coast District Health Board is closing the Dobson Medical Clinic as a recently completed audit has determined that the building is no longer fit to be used as a health clinic. The clinic will close from 12 April 2010. Details...

LECG Report

12 / 03 / 2010 At the 11 March meeting of the West Coast District Health Board 25 submissions on the independent LECG report Analysis of options: Models of care for West Coast District Health Board were received. Details...

Industrial Action

12 / 03 / 2010 The West Coast District Health Board has received note from the Association of Professionals and Executive Employees (APEX) that radiographers will not be available for after-hours work for one week commencing Monday 15 March. Details...

Walk2Work - an event promoting the positive benefits of gentle physical exercise on the body, environment and the pocket!

02 / 03 / 2010 On the 10th of March 2010, thousands of people across New Zealand will leave their cars at home and Walk2Work with friends, family and colleagues.  Details...

West Coast District Health Board performance against health targets

01 / 03 / 2010 The Ministry of Health has released its second quarterly figures on District Health Board performance against the six government health targets. Details...

Independent Report on Sustainability Project Received

28 / 01 / 2010 A report into the future provision of health services by West Coast District Health Board has recommended that Grey Base Hospital should become a centre of excellence for rural health, with strong clinical back up from the Canterbury District Health Board. Details...

The Itch numbers rise on the West Coast

21 / 12 / 2009 Staff have noticed a large increase in the occurrence of scabies, also known as the itch, amongst patients presenting at West Coast District Health Board facilities. Details...

Canterbury-West Coast DHB collaboration boosted

18 / 12 / 2009 Health Minister Tony Ryall has announced that Canterbury DHB board member, Mr Peter Ballantyne has been cross-appointed to the West Coast DHB Details...

Cervical cancer immunisation available to West Coast girls again in 2010

15 / 12 / 2009 Next year public health nurses will be back in schools on the West Coast, offering free Human papillomavirus (HPV) immunisation to girls. Details...

2009 Innovation and Excellence Awards Results

26 / 11 / 2009 In a ceremony held in Greymouth last evening, awards were presented to health service providers recognising groups for their innovative projects and the excellence of the service they provide. Details...

West Coast District Health Board Performance Against Health Targets

23 / 11 / 2009 The Ministry of Health today released figures on District Health Board performance against the six government health targets. Details...

Fresh Future Trust Presentation

06 / 11 / 2009 West Coast childrens hospital services will benefit significantly as the result of this years Fresh Future Appeal.  Details...

New mobile clinics improve access to dental services for rural West Coast children

05 / 11 / 2009 The arrival of two new mobile dental clinics at the West Coast District Health Board will provide improved oral health services to students of rural West Coast schools. A greater emphasis on prevention and education is the core of the new service. Details...

Developing Primary Care on the West Coast

04 / 11 / 2009 West Coast Primary Health Organisation Chief Executive Officer Andrea Baker was informed today that the PHO proposal to the Ministry of Healths call for Expressions of Interest for changing models of primary health care was accepted by a team of experts appointed by the Minister of Health.  Details...

Swine Flu Update 23

23 / 10 / 2009 The West Coast has generally fared well during the pandemic influenza outbreak over the winter. The sensible precautions taken certainly prevented the illness from gaining a foothold here. Details...

Rural General Practice Rural Hospital Medicine Training Programme

22 / 10 / 2009 In December 2009 the West Coast District Health Board (WCDHB) will be commencing the first year of its Rural General Practitioner/ Rural Hospital Medicine Training Programme.  Details...

Buller Health, Hokitika Health and Reefton Health Phone System Change

21 / 10 / 2009 Following the successful changeover of the internal phone system at Grey Base Hospital, West Coast District Health Board facilities at Buller Health, Hokitika Health and Reefton Health will also change. Details...

Grey Base Hospital Phone System Change

16 / 10 / 2009 On Monday 19 October at 8pm, Grey Base Hospital will be changing its internal phone system. Details...

The Safe Staffing and Healthy Workplaces demonstration site initiative begins in earnest this week

29 / 09 / 2009 The West Coast District Health Board has recently been chosen to become a Safe Staffing Healthy Workplace (SSHW) national Demonstration Site. Details...

Human Resources Collaboration

10 / 09 / 2009 West Coast District Health Board (WCDHB) and Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) have today announced an arrangement for greater collaboration involving all aspects of Human Resources management and related support services. Details...

Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

24 / 08 / 2009 The West Coast currently has the highest rates of whooping cough (pertussis) in New Zealand, more than three times higher than the national rate. Details...

Kaumatua Hui Held in Greymouth

19 / 08 / 2009 A health and wellness hui for Kaumatua was held at Shantytown in Greymouth on Saturday 8 August, with approximately 50 Kaumatua from all over the West Coast in attendance. Details...

Swine Flu Update 22

11 / 08 / 2009 The number of people confirmed to have swine influenza A (H1N1) on the West Coast currently stands at fifty-two, up one from a week ago. Details...

MMR Vaccinations Brought Forward to Contain Measles Outbreak

10 / 08 / 2009 The timing of Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccinations is being brought forward for West Coast infants to give children greater protection from measles during the current outbreak. Details...

Survey looks into oral health of New Zealanders

07 / 08 / 2009 The roll-out continues in the West Coast. About 2000 adults and 1000 children are expected to take part in the 2009 New Zealand Oral Health Survey that is being conducted from March to November 2009. Details...

Fresh Future Appeal launched!

07 / 08 / 2009 The West Coast portion of the 2009 Fresh Future Appeal was launched at McBrearty Ward, Grey Base Hospital today. The appeal is run by the Progressive Enterprises' family of supermarkets and Dick Smith stores throughout New Zealand in August and September for paediatric care in various NZ hospitals, with staff organising a broad and imaginative range of fundraising activities. Details...

Grey District Library welcomes breastfeeding mothers

06 / 08 / 2009 'The Big Latch-on', the main event for World Breastfeeding Week is taking place in Greymouth on Friday August 7th at 10.30am. The Breastfeeding Interest Group has been campaigning for a breastfeeding space in the Greymouth CBD following the relocation of the Plunket Rooms in 2008. Details...

Swine Flu Update 21

05 / 08 / 2009 The numbers of people diagnosed with swine influenza A(H1N1) on the West Coast currently stands at fifty-one confirmed cases. Details...

The Big Latch On - Friday 7th August 2009

04 / 08 / 2009 West Coast mothers are taking part in the annual breastfeeding marathon as they latch their babies on for a feed on Friday August the 7th. Details...

Fresh Future Appeal

31 / 07 / 2009 The West Coast portion of the 2009 Fresh Future Appeal will be launched at McBrearty Ward, Grey Base Hospital at 10.30 am on Thursday 6 August. Details...

Swine Flu Update 20

31 / 07 / 2009 The numbers of people diagnosed with swine influenza A(H1N1) on the West Coast stands at forty eight confirmed cases. Details...

Swine Flu Update 19

28 / 07 / 2009 The numbers of people diagnosed with swine influenza A(H1N1) on the West Coast stands at forty seven confirmed cases. Details...

Greymouth Maori Mum4Mum Graduates

23 / 07 / 2009 The first Maori Mum4Mum breastfeeding peer counselling course to be held in Greymouth has finished, and four women graduated at a ceremony at the West Coast PHO on Tuesday 21st July. Mum4mum is a breastfeeding peer support programme that is a joint initiative supported by the West Coast District Health Board and the West Coast Primary Health Organisation. Details...

Swine Flu Update 18

23 / 07 / 2009 The numbers of people diagnosed with swine influenza A(H1N1) on the West Coast still stands at forty confirmed cases from both urban and rural areas. Details...

Foote Ward Not to Close

23 / 07 / 2009 The West Coast District Health Board's plans for managing the General Practitioner shortage in Westport do not involve closure of Buller Health's Foote Ward. Details...

Advisory Committee Appointments

20 / 07 / 2009 The West Coast District Health Board wishes to advise, the following appointments to the West Coast District Health Board Advisory Committees, were approved at the June 2009 Board meeting. Details...

Mental Health Inpatient Unit at West Coast District Health Board

20 / 07 / 2009 Due to increasing staff shortages the West Coast District Health Board is to reduce the numbers of beds available in the Manaakitanga Mental Health Inpatient Unit at Grey Base Hospital from nine to five from 20th July 2009. Details...

Swine Flu Update 17

20 / 07 / 2009 The numbers of people diagnosed with swine influenza A(H1N1) on the West Coast continues to rise with forty confirmed cases from both urban and rural areas.  Details...

Importance of On-Time Immunisation

08 / 07 / 2009 Reports of a recent measles outbreak in Christchurch highlight the risks associated with not completing a full course of childhood immunisations.  Details...

West Coast DHB and CPIT combine forces for new nursing initiative

02 / 07 / 2009 Prospective students in the greater Canterbury and West Coast regions wanting to study CPITs Bachelor of Nursing off-site, can now do so thanks to a new blended-delivery training scheme initiated by CPIT and the West Coast District Health Board. Details...

Swine Flu Update 16

02 / 07 / 2009 The numbers of people diagnosed with swine influenza A(H1N1) on the West Coast continues to rise with six confirmed cases from both urban and rural areas. Details...

Progress on DHB Collaboration

01 / 07 / 2009 Collaboration between the West Coast and Nelson Marlborough District Health Boards could now extend to include Canterbury District Health Board. This follows the announcement in early May 2009 that Nelson Marlborough and West Coast DHBs were seeking greater levels of collaboration both to effect cost savings and to support clinical delivery. Details...

Swine Flu Update 15

01 / 07 / 2009 Currently on the West Coast we have had one confirmed case and four probable cases of swine influenza A(H1N1) in the Westport area and one confirmed case and one probable cases in the Greymouth area. Details...

Swine Flu Update 14

30 / 06 / 2009 Currently on the West Coast we have had one confirmed case and four probable cases of swine influenza A(H1N1) in the Westport area and one confirmed case and two probable cases in the Greymouth area. Details...

Mental Health Unit to become Smokefree

30 / 06 / 2009 After much planning and preparation, the Mental Health unit at Grey Base Hospital is becoming smokefree on 1 July 2009. Details...

Safe Staffing and Healthy Workplaces

29 / 06 / 2009 The West Coast District Health Board has recently been chosen to become a Safe Staffing Healthy Workplace (SSHW) national Demonstration Site. Details...

Swine Flu Update 13

29 / 06 / 2009 A second case of swine influenza A (H1N1) has been confirmed on the West Coast with a male teenager in the Greymouth area both testing positive for the virus. Details...

HEHA nutrition funding benefits children on the West Coast

29 / 06 / 2009 Healthy Eating Healthy Action (HEHA) promotes an environment and society where individuals, families and whanau, and communities are supported to eat well, live physically active lives, and attain and maintain a healthy body weight. Details...

Disruption to Elective Services

24 / 06 / 2009 Some of the elective surgery that was planned for next week at Grey Base Hospital has had to be postponed. Those patients affected by this disruption will have been already contacted by the District Health Board. Details...

A new initiative for Maori pregnant women and their whanau living on the Coast

24 / 06 / 2009 A Matauranga Haputanga - antenatal education programme is to be established on the West Coast. Details...

Swine Flu Update 12

23 / 06 / 2009 The West Coast still only has one confirmed case of non-seasonal swine influenza A (H1N1) in Westport. There are four other probable cases in Westport who were contacts of the confirmed case. However, there are indicators strongly suggesting that the novel influenza virus is already circulating on the Coast. Details...

Swine Flu Update 11

22 / 06 / 2009 Both seasonal influenza and non-seasonal Influenza A (H1N1) virus are now spreading in some of our communities. The overall severity of the disease is moderate. The West Coast has had its first confirmed case of non-seasonal swine influenza A (H1N1) in Westport. The person did not require hospitalisation and is recovering. Details...

Swine Flu Update 10

19 / 06 / 2009 Currently on the West Coast there are no people in quarantine for swine influenza A (H1N1). Test results received yesterday have all come back negative for swine influenza A (H1N1). Details...

Swine Flu Update 9

18 / 06 / 2009 Currently on the West Coast there are three people awaiting test results for swine influenza A (H1N1). One (previously advised) is from Westport and two from the Grey District. Details...

Swine Flu Information Regarding Bus Travellers Held In Quarantine At Hokitika

15 / 06 / 2009 Tests have confirmed that the isolated person suspected to have swine flu did not have swine flu, so the travellers are being released from their period of quarantine and will be free to continue their journey. Details...

Swine Influenza Update 7

09 / 06 / 2009 The first two cases of swine flu Influenza A, (H1N1) have now been confirmed in the South Island. Details...

Preferred Provider Announced

04 / 06 / 2009 The West Coast District Health Board has selected Richmond New Zealand as the preferred provider for the future provision of Peer-led Activity and Living Skills Services for mental health service users on the West Coast. Details...

Mental Health Support Services to be Maintained

20 / 05 / 2009 The West Coast District Health Board is changing Mental Health rehabilitation services on the West Coast to encompass a broader range of services to meet the diverse rehabilitation needs of service users. Details...

Chief Executive Appointment

11 / 05 / 2009 The West Coast District Health Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Joel George as Chief Executive Officer. Details...

DHBs to Explore Greater Collaboration

08 / 05 / 2009 The Nelson Marlborough and West Coast District Health Boards are to investigate the benefits of greater collaboration say their respective chairpersons Suzanne Win of NMDHB and Rex Williams of West Coast DHB. Details...

Swine Influenza Update 6

08 / 05 / 2009 Currently there are no persons on the West Coast in isolation or quarantine as the result of swine flu (influenza A, H1N1). A suspected case was tested during the week but was found not to be influenza A. Details...

Swine Influenza Update 5

05 / 05 / 2009 The West Coast family that had been in North America and had a family member with flu-like symptoms has received test results confirming that they do not have Type A influenza. The family have since been released from quarantine. Details...

Swine Influenza Update 4

01 / 05 / 2009 All of the West Coast people who were associated with flight NZ 1 have completed their course of Tamiflu and are being released from home quarantine. Details...

Swine Influenza Update 3

30 / 04 / 2009 The four West Coast people who were associated with flight NZ 1 are still without any flulike symptoms in home quarantine and are completing a course of Tamiflu. Details...

Swine Influenza Update 2

29 / 04 / 2009 The identification of swine flu amongst some of the students from Rangitoto College off flight NZ1 has not changed the precautionary response of health authorities on the West Coast. Details...

Swine Influenza Update 1

28 / 04 / 2009 West Coast Health authorities are continuing to monitor the New Zealand situation regarding the possible swine influenza closely. Details...

Influenza-like Illness

27 / 04 / 2009 Health authorities on the West Coast are taking the possible arrival in New Zealand of a new strain of influenza seriously. Details...

Surgical Ward Reopens

26 / 03 / 2009 The West Coast District Health Board is to reopen Barclay Ward at Grey Base Hospital as a Monday to Friday surgical ward from Monday 30 March 2009. Details...

Obstetric and Gynaecology Services Update

25 / 03 / 2009 From 5 pm Monday 30 March until Friday 3 April 2009, the West Coast District Health Board will not have Obstetric and Gynaecology specialists at Grey Base Hospital. Details...

Breast Screening Unit Receives Blessing

24 / 03 / 2009 In a short ceremony on Monday 23 March the new Breastscreening unit at Grey Base Hospital received a blessing from local maori enabling the commissioning process for the facility to go ahead. Details...

Update on the Sustainability Project

20 / 03 / 2009 The West Coast District Health Board and Ministry of Health continue to work towards finalisation of the Sustainability Project. Details...

Chief Executive Appointment

20 / 03 / 2009 The recruitment process for a permanent Chief Executive Officer for the West Coast District Health Board is still in progress. Details...

Obstetric and Gynaecology Services at the WCDHB

18 / 03 / 2009 From 4 pm Thursday 19 March until 10 am Friday 20 March 2009, the West Coast District Health Board will not have Obstetric and Gynaecology specialists at Grey Base Hospital.  Details...

Activity Centres on the West Coast

16 / 03 / 2009 The provision of community based mental health support services is currently subject to a tendering process by the West Coast District Health Board. The process is around the future provision of peer led activity and living skills services and education and employment support services.  Details...

West Coast District Health Board Joins Effort to Strengthen South Island Health Services

04 / 03 / 2009 South Island District Health Boards have come together to plan long-term, viable health services across the mainland. Details...

Greymouth Doctor Provides Leadership in National Bowel Screening Programme

24 / 02 / 2009 Greymouth General Practitioner and West Coast District Health Board General Practitioner Liaison Officer, Dr Carol Atmore has been seconded to the Ministry of Health to become Clinical Director of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme. Details...

Orthopaedic Cover at Grey Base Hospital

16 / 02 / 2009 The West Coast District Health Board wishes to advise that due to arranged locum staff now being unavailable, there will be no on-site, acute orthopaedic services available from 3pm Sunday 15 February until 8pm on Friday 20 February. Details...

Business Cases

11 / 02 / 2009 West Coast District Health Board has now released the business cases for the proposed redevelopment of Buller Health and Greymouth Base Hospital Details...

Orthopaedic Cover at Grey Base Hospital

09 / 02 / 2009 The West Coast District Health Board wishes to advise that due to arranged locum staff now being unavailable, there will be no on-site, acute orthopaedic services available until 8 am on Friday 13 February. Details...

Health Scholarships announced

30 / 01 / 2009 West Coast District Health Board chair Rex Williams presented Health Scholarships to the recipients of the 2009 awards at a ceremony at Grey Base Hospital on Wednesday 28 January.  Details...

School Based Immunisation

26 / 01 / 2009 The immunisation programme of young women to give protection against the cervical cancer causing virus HPV (human papillomavirus), will start in schools early March.  Details...

House Surgeon Receives Rhodes Scholarship

12 / 01 / 2009 West Coast District Health Board House surgeon, Dr Peter Cox has a clear idea of where he is going in 2009. Peter has been awarded a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, which will see him heading off to Oxford University in mid-year. Details...

Wahine Pounamu - Walking the Talk

06 / 01 / 2009 Three teachers from Greymouth High School have taken up the challenge to walk the Athens Marathon this year. Following an inspirational talk from a group of Maori women from Christchurch six months ago, Teena Henderson, Rachelle Owen-Cooper and Tina Singer are making progress towards achieving their goal. Details...

2008 Innovation and Excellence Awards Winners

20 / 11 / 2008 Acting Chief Executive Joel George expressed his pleasure at the high quality of the projects submitted for the second year of the West Coast District Health Boards Innovation and Excellence Awards. Details...

New Human Resources Manager

18 / 11 / 2008 The West Coast District Health Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Kim OKeefe as Human Resources Manager. Details...

Carelink Launched

18 / 11 / 2008 The West Coast District Health Board launched its Carelink service in Greymouth yesterday. Carelink provides Needs Assessment and Service Co-ordination (NASC) for people who have an identified need for long term support services. Details...

Fresh Future Trust Cheque Presented to WCDHB

14 / 11 / 2008 On Wednesday 12 November Fresh Future Trust chair Ruth Krippner and Progressive Enterprises representative Fred Hawthorn presented a cheque to the West Coast District Health Board. Details...

Fresh Future Trust

11 / 11 / 2008 Staff of Parfitt paediatric ward and the McBrearty and Kawatiri maternity facilities are looking forward in anticipation to the presentation, on Wednesday 12 November, of a cheque from the Fresh Future Trust. Details...

West Coast Project wins NZ Health Innovation Award

06 / 11 / 2008 The West Coast District Health Board is delighted to announce that at a gala dinner in Wellington last evening its project Alternative Pathways for New Patients won the Excellence in Process Improvement Award at the New Zealand Health Innovation Awards. Details...

Gardeners Reminded to Take Precautions When Using Potting Mix

24 / 10 / 2008 The Ministry of Health is reminding gardening enthusiasts about the dangers of using potting mix without taking the necessary precautions following the recent increase in case numbers for legionellosis (also known as Legionnaires disease) over the past two to three weeks. Details...

New Appointments in the Buller Region

02 / 10 / 2008 The West Coast District Health Board is happy to announce the appointment of three new doctors to provide healthcare to the people of the Buller area. Details...

2008 Excellence and Innovation Health Awards

30 / 09 / 2008 The West Coast District Health Board is running the Excellence and Innovation Health Awards, this year in association with the ACC, and is seeking nominations. Details...

Healthy Drinks For Children? Test Your Knowledge

24 / 09 / 2008 Is water a healthy drink? What about milk? Should my children be drinking juice? How often should kids be drinking fizzy drinks? Details...

Portable Monitor Gifted To Improve Patient Care

24 / 09 / 2008 Joel George, West Coast District Health Board Chief Executive, recently received the gift of a portable Dash 3000 monitor from the Franz Josef Glacier Community Trust. Details...

Education for Enterprise Project Highly Successful

22 / 09 / 2008 Two Greymouth High accounting students, Stacey Bowden and Sam MacDonald have been working with finance department staff from the West Coast District Health Board to fine tune processes and develop a cost model for the hospital laundry. Details...

Mental Health Peer Support Service Announced

19 / 09 / 2008 The West Coast District Health Board today announced that Pact West Coast has been selected as the successful provider of Mental Health consumer advisory and peer support services for the West Coast. Details...

Mental Health Peer Support Service Announced

19 / 09 / 2008 The West Coast District Health Board today announced that Pact West Coast has been selected as the successful provider of Mental Health consumer advisory and peer support services for the West Coast. Details...

Elective Caesarean Births for West Coast Women

10 / 09 / 2008 Negotiations by the West Coast District Health Board have secured access for West Coast women requiring elective caesarean sections at St George Hospital in Christchurch. Details...

Elective Caesarean Births for West Coast Women

10 / 09 / 2008 Negotiations by the West Coast District Health Board have secured access for West Coast women requiring elective caesarean sections at St George Hospital in Christchurch. Details...

Update on Surgery at Grey Base Hospital

09 / 09 / 2008 There will be some delays to surgery this week at the West Coast District Health Boards Grey Base Hospital as all theatre staff await clearance regarding their MRSA status. Details...

Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Update

08 / 09 / 2008 All operating theatres at Grey base Hospital have now been thoroughly cleaned and samples tested for MRSA contamination. The results indicate the areas to be clear and the theatres have reopened for surgery. Details...

Suspension of Surgery at Grey Base Hospital

05 / 09 / 2008 Infection control staff at Grey Base Hospital have identified that a visiting clinician has tested positive to Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA). Details...

HEHA Bikes Get West Coast District Health Board Staff Active

05 / 09 / 2008 Staff at the West Coast DHB recently got a helping hand to get them more physically active with the purchase of five new HEHA-branded bikes through the Healthy Eating Healthy Action (HEHA) Programme. Details...

O&G Situation at West Coast DHB

25 / 08 / 2008 For the month of August, Grey Base Hospital will offer all its usual range of Obstetric and Gynaecological services with West Coast DHB specialist staff and regular locums providing cover. Details...

Ward Merger

11 / 08 / 2008 The West Coast DHB at Grey Base Hospital will, from today, be merging the medical and surgical wards, as well as relocating the paediatrics unit for a period of up to two months.  Details...

Greymouth Surgeon Saves Young Passenger

08 / 08 / 2008 West Coast DHB general surgeon Terry Mixter, had an eventful flight to the USA recently. During the flight a young girl became quite ill and began to have difficulty breathing. With the assistance of an A&E nurse from Dunedin, who was also on the flight, they managed to administer some drugs which temporarily allowed the young girl to breathe. Details...

New Franz Josef Facility

07 / 08 / 2008 The West Coast DHB and St John are pleased to announce that both organisations have now approved the construction of a new joint facility for Franz Josef. Details...

Change in Food, Cleaning, Orderlies and Grounds contract

31 / 07 / 2008 The West Coast DHB wish to announce that they have selected new providers of Food, Cleaning, Orderlies and Grounds services from 1st October 2008. Details...

Fresh Future Appeal

30 / 07 / 2008 In 2008 the West Coast DHB is fortunate in being invited to become one of the recipients of the 2008 Fresh Futures Appeal. The appeal is run by the Progressive Enterprises family of supermarkets in August and September for paediatric care in various NZ hospitals. Details...

Clarification as to why the WCDHB is seeking to upgrade or replace Grey Base Hospital

28 / 07 / 2008 People focussing exclusively on the seismic safety of Grey Base Hospital seem to have missed the point as to why the DHB is seeking to upgrade or replace the facility, said Wayne Champion, General Manager of Corporate Services at the West Coast DHB. Details...

Interim financial result

25 / 07 / 2008 The West Coast District Health Board has recorded an interim full year deficit (subject to Audit) of $6.7 million for the 2007-08 financial year. Details...

Cisco, West Coast DHB and Gen-I Announce First Cisco HealthPresence Trial in New Zealand.

14 / 07 / 2008 Grey Base Hospital in Greymouth to Support Buller Health in Westport in First Patient-Care Delivery Solution of Its Kind  Details...

New Standby Generator Commissioned

09 / 07 / 2008 Patients and visitors to Grey Base Hospital will notice some changes over this weekend 12 and 13 July as a new standby generator for the hospital is commissioned.  Details...

West Coast DHB Announces New Acting CE

08 / 07 / 2008 The West Coast DHB is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Joel George as Acting CE of the DHB. Mr George will take up the position on 4 August 2008. Details...

Grey Base Hospital receives new OPG X-Ray machine

01 / 07 / 2008 The West Coast DHB Radiology Dept at Grey Base Hospital has been very fortunate to recently receive a new piece of equipment courtesy of the Christchurch Radiology Group. Details...

Investigation into Patient Safety Concerns

27 / 06 / 2008 A thorough investigation into patient safety concerns carried out by the West Coast DHB determined that none of the matters that Dr. Forbes raised create risks to patient safety. Details...

Obstetric and Gynaecology Services at the WCDHB

17 / 06 / 2008 From 1 July until 4 August 2008, the WCDHB will not have O&G specialists on site. This situation is caused by a combination of existing commitments, illness and no locum cover being available. Details...

West Coast DHB Welcomes Patient Safety Reassurance

16 / 06 / 2008 West Coast District Health Board today welcomed a report from Dr. David Galler, Principal Medical Adviser to the Minister of Health, on the DHBs investigation of claims made by a former employee of the DHB that patient safety was being compromised in a number of ways at Greymouth Base Hospital. Details...

Teenager With CMT Disease

09 / 06 / 2008 Greymouth teenager, Sidney Wanhalla-Smith has been undergoing treatment for a rare genetic condition called Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease at the West Coast DHBs Grey Base Hospital. Details...

Immunisation rates Improve in Buller

29 / 05 / 2008 Buller Health is being praised for the efforts they have made in conjunction with the Outreach Immunisation Service in increasing the immunisation coverage for the children of the Buller area. Details...

Vegetables on a budget

28 / 05 / 2008 Providing healthy food for your family can be a struggle with rising food prices. Keeping the family healthy on a tight budget may be easier if you make some changes to the shopping list, according to the Healthy Eating Healthy Action (HEHA) Team at the West Coast DHB. Details...

West Coast Diabetes

27 / 05 / 2008 Results achieved for the last year in responsiveness to diabetes on the West Coast are very encouraging. Details...

Grey Hospital rises to the challenge of a multi casualty accident

27 / 05 / 2008 The recent motor vehicle crash at Kumara posed a number of challenges for the staff of Grey Base Hospital. Details...

Regarding concerns of Dr Judy Forbes

13 / 05 / 2008 The West Coast DHB has received a letter detailing some concerns by Dr Judy Forbes. The issues raised by Dr Forbes have been taken very seriously and a clinical investigation has been undertaken by the Acting Medical Director. The investigation has been thorough, though has yet to be finalised. The Medical Director's report concludes that her claims do not give rise to risks to public safety. Details...

Update on Obstetric and Gynaecology Services at the WCDHB

02 / 05 / 2008 The West Coast DHB wishes to advise that their Obstetric & Gynaecology cover issue has not yet been fully resolved. At this stage, cover for the period 5pm Wednesday 7 May until 10am Friday 9 May has not been confirmed. Details...

Obstetric and Gynaecology Services at the WCDHB

18 / 04 / 2008 The West Coast DHB wishes to advise that for the next two weeks they will have only limited or no Obstetric & Gynaecology cover available. This situation is caused by a combination of existing commitments, illness and no locum cover being available. Details...

New West Coast DHB Website Launched

11 / 04 / 2008 The WCDHB has launched a new internet website to help members of the public get information on the many activities and services of the board. Details...

New Ngakawau Health Clinic

09 / 04 / 2008 Acting CE of the West Coast DHB, Hecta Williams is pleased to announce that site preparation has commenced prior to the construction of a new health clinic at Ngakawau. Details...

Tobacco Display Ban

29 / 02 / 2008 The West Coast DHB applauds and supports the Waikato DHB in calling for a total ban on retail tobacco displays in its submission on the Public Health Bill. Details...

West Coast Parents told the Truth about Snacks

05 / 02 / 2008 When it comes to snacks, knowing what's best for kids and what's not is no easy matter, says Kim Sinclair, Healthy Eating - Healthy Action (HEHA) Programme Manager at the West Coast DHB. Details...

Māori Health Plan in effect

21 / 01 / 2008 The West Coast DHB is pleased to announce that their second Māori Health Plan Te Kaupapa Hauora Māori 2007 - 2011, previously adopted by the board, has now been approved by the Ministry of Health.  Details...

Wider access to subsidised Nicotine Replacement Therapy

15 / 01 / 2008 The Ministry of Health announcement that from February 2008 there will be wider access to subsidised Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is great news for West Coast smokers and their families. Details...

New Funding Supports Healthy Eating Initiatives In Communities

17 / 12 / 2007 Community groups planning efforts to get their local families to eat more healthily will be pleased to hear that they may be able to receive support from a new funding stream launched by the Feeding our Futures programme. Details...

West Coast Parents Urged To Make Family Time Healthy This Holiday

13 / 12 / 2007 With the Christmas holidays almost upon us, it's time to use the kitchen or dining room table for more than just wrapping up presents. Details...

2007 WCDHB Community Health Awards

12 / 12 / 2007 West Coast DHB CE, Kevin Hague praised the high standard of the entries received for the inaugural Community Health Awards at a ceremony held in Greymouth on Monday 10 December. Details...

Increase in Gonorrhoea on West Coast

11 / 12 / 2007 In the last six months there has been a sharp increase in cases of gonorrhoea on the West Coast. Details...

Former Special Medical Areas decision

03 / 09 / 2007 The West Coast District Health Board supports the decision by Minister of Health Pete Hodgson that will allow it to introduce a policy of fairness and consistency across all of its primary care practices. Details...

Inpatient Elective Services

06 / 07 / 2007 The West Coast District Health Board today announced that from August 13 it would be reducing inpatient elective surgery procedures at Grey Base Hospital Details...

West Coast children encouraged to opt for water and milk

29 / 06 / 2007 It's natural, it's free, the West Coast has plenty of it and best of all it can help keen children healthy water the best option for West Coast children. Details...

Joint press release West Coast DHB - West Coast PHO

29 / 06 / 2007 Thousands of West Coasters aged 25 to 44 will from next week experience cheaper GP visits and prescription fees. Details...

First Nurse Practitioner on the West Coast

29 / 06 / 2007 After six years of hard work Anne Fitzwater of Fox Glacier was yesterday awarded Nurse Practitioner status by the Nursing Council of New Zealand. Details...

DHB invests in new CT-Scanner

21 / 06 / 2007 Clinicians at Grey Base Hospital will soon have new diagnostic tool at their disposal, which will provide significant benefits for patients. Details...

Kawatiri

20 / 06 / 2007 The West Coast District Health Board is pleased to announce it has secured the services of two midwives for the Kawatiri Midwifery Unit. Details...

Nursing vacancies

19 / 06 / 2007 Over the past week the West Coast District Health Board has been working on a plan to cover a number of nursing vacancies at Grey Base Hospital. Details...

Nursing

11 / 06 / 2007 The public may notice some subtle changes at Grey Base Hospital over the next few weeks. Details...

Valuing the contribution of overseas trained doctors

06 / 06 / 2007 The West Coast District Health Board is praising Government funding to support overseas trained doctors to complete their medical registration in New Zealand. Details...

Suspension of Laboratory Workers (2)

21 / 05 / 2007 The West Coast District Health Board today took the step of suspending laboratory workers who had withdrawn their services from key diagnostic areas. Details...

Suspension of Laboratory Workers (1)

21 / 05 / 2007 The New Zealand Medical Laboratory Workers Union notified the West Coast DHB that from May 21 its members working in Greymouth will not provide patients services such as collecting specimens or taking bloods, they would also not issue blood or blood products or answer telephones. Details...

New Zealand College of Midwives report and Midwifery Review Comments document

02 / 05 / 2007 The West Coast District Health Board has begun the process of implementing recommendations from a review of maternity services conducted by the New Zealand College of Midwives. Details...

Buller Health Trust and West Coast District Health Board work together

08 / 03 / 2007 A new oral health contact is bringing smiles to the faces of the Buller Health Trust and the West Coast District Health Board. Details...

Ask a professional

08 / 03 / 2007 I am really confused by all this talk about changes at the West Coast DHB Details...

Comment from Gregor Coster - Re: Secondary Care Plan.

26 / 02 / 2007 West Coast District Health Board Chairman Gregor Coster confirmed it was the Boards decision 12 months ago to refer the Grey Base 2020 plan and the proposed draft Secondary Care Plan to the Hospital Advisory Committee for its advice. Details...

Statement on behalf of Gregoire Body, 34, of New Caledonia.

17 / 02 / 2007 Speaking from Grey Base Hospital Mr Body today wanted to thank the two guides in Franz Josef Glacier who helped him immediately after he was caught in an ice cave collapse. Details...

Review of Maternity Services

16 / 02 / 2007 The West Coast District Health Board has asked the New Zealand College of Midwives to conduct a review of maternity services in the region. Details...

Mending broken hearts

14 / 02 / 2007 Valentines - a day symbolised by hearts is the perfect day for the West Coast DHB to announce its new cardiac rehabilitation programme, which aims to mend broken hearts in this region. Details...

Scholarships

01 / 02 / 2007 The first recipients of West Coast District Health Board Scholarships were last night given the opportunity to meet their future mentors. Details...

Comment from Chairman Gregor Coster re: Secondary Care Plan

30 / 01 / 2007 The West Coast District Health Board made the decision several months ago to refer the Grey Base 2020 project (which includes the draft Secondary Care Plan) to the Hospital Advisory Committee. Details...

Change can be good

24 / 01 / 2007 Change can be good - don't be scared by change. That's the message from the West Coast District Health Board regarding its draft Secondary Care Plan. Details...

Reefton x-ray services announcement

11 / 01 / 2007 Since the cessation of x-rays services in Reefton during 2006 the West Coast DHB has considered whether another health professional such as a doctor or nurse could provide this service in a limited capacity. Details...

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West Coast District Health Board Scholarships.

11 / 10 / 2006 West Coasters excited by a career in health are being encouraged to apply for seven West Coast DHB scholarships to aid them on their path to success. Details...

Cancer Hui

21 / 09 / 2006 Help us make a difference by attending a Cancer Hui at the Maori Women's Welfare League rooms on 22nd August; 1-3.30pm Details...

Fruits in School Finals

20 / 09 / 2006 Later this year at least five West Coast schools will get to find out whether an apple a day really does keep the doctor away. Details...

Reefton Medical Centre Update

19 / 09 / 2006 Short, medium and long term overview of access to medical resources in Reefton. Details...

X-Ray Films Become a Part of History

06 / 09 / 2006 Traditional x-rays have been relegated to the annals of history at Grey Base Hospital. The hospital radiology service has now gone film-less, making it one of the most up to date in the country. Details...

Great little Cookbook launched today

17 / 08 / 2006 The Minister of Social Development and Employment, the Hon. David Benson-Pope today launched 'The Great little Cookbook - hints and healthy eating on a tight budget.' Details...

Buller Health Manager Announced

15 / 08 / 2006 The West Coast District Health Board was today delighted to announce Jenny Robertson as the new manager of Buller Health Services. Details...

Careers at WCDHB

02 / 08 / 2006 The West Coast District Health Board is this week taking part in the Careers Roadshow, which have been taking place in Hokitika and Greymouth, as part of its drive to attract young people to careers in the health sector. Details...

Strike Action

02 / 06 / 2006 The West Coast District Board today began notifying some elective surgery patients that their procedures have been rescheduled or postponed due to the planned industrial action by Resident Medical Officers. Details...

Dementia Care Unit Gets Green Light

02 / 06 / 2006 The West Coast District Health Board is excited that Minister of Health Pete Hodgson and Finance Minister Michael Cullen have signed off on capital funding for a purpose built multi-million dollar Dementia Care Unit. The new building will be located near the mental health unit at Grey Base Hospital. Details...

Grey Base 2020

08 / 05 / 2006 The West Coast District Health Board has begun a process designed to ensure health services can continue to meet the needs of West Coasters for years to come. Details...

Ask a Professional

03 / 05 / 2006 My child hasn't finished their third Meningococcal B vaccination within the recommended time frame, do they have to start again? Details...

Dental Decay on the West Coast

03 / 05 / 2006 A lot has been said about the West Coast District Health Board's decision to decline an offer from Ronald McDonald House Charities and here the DHB explains the reasons behind that decision. Details...

PACS Goes Live

03 / 05 / 2006 The West Coast District Health Board is now at the forefront of radiology technology after its PACS (Picture Archiving and Communications System) went live yesterday. Details...

Norovirus

24 / 03 / 2006 The West Coast District Health Board and Community and Public Health today urged those who have or who are recovering from a gastrointestinal illness currently going around the region to take simple precautions to stop the spread of infection. Details...

General Manager Secondary Services Appointed

24 / 03 / 2006 After an extensive selection process the West Coast District Health Board has appointed Chris Le Prou as General Manager of Secondary Care. Details...

Response to Luke O'Donell

24 / 03 / 2006 The West Coast DHB has welcomed the Government's confirmation of a national funding package for the upgrade of school dental facilities, including the provision of mobile dental services for remote areas such as those on the West Coast. Details...

Bruce Bay Board meeting

24 / 03 / 2006 The West Coast District Health Board is looking forward to holding its April meeting at the Te Tauraka Waka a Maui Marae in Bruce Bay, South Westland. Details...

The Buller Health Report Letter

25 / 01 / 2006 Buller Health is an exciting development in health services in the Westport region. Details...

The Buller Health Report

20 / 01 / 2006 This report presents the recommendations of the Buller Health Steering Group regarding the proposed formation of Buller Health as a Business Unit within the WCDHB. Details...

New West Coast Cancer Initiative

06 / 01 / 2006 A research project into the care received by West Coast cancer patients could have significant long-term benefits for the people of this region. Details...

Bird Flu Messages

06 / 01 / 2006 The West Coast District Health Board is currently working on its plan including its communications plan regarding a possible bird-flu pandemic. Details...

Buller Health Services

06 / 01 / 2006 There has been a 180-degree turn around for health services in Buller this year. Details...