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Latest Media Releases

This section contains links to the latest West Coast District Health Boards media releases. For releases published earlier please visit our archives section.

CPH nutritionist selected for leadership course

12 / 02 / 2018 Greymouth-based Community and Public Health Nutrition Health Promoter Jade Winter has just been selected to attend a prestigious Oceanic leadership development course in Queensland in July. Details...

DHB announces closure of Dunsford aged residential care facility

09 / 02 / 2018 The West Coast District Health Board has today announced to staff that it intends to proceed with the closure of the Westport-based Dunsford Ward rest home and hospital level aged residential care facility by 1 March 2018. Details...

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

02 / 02 / 2018 The following advice is issued by Canterbury and West Coast Community and Public Health and applies to areas of the West Coast and Canterbury that have been affected by Cyclone Fehi. Details...

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

01 / 02 / 2018 West Coast District Health Board is evacuating nine patients from its Buller Health Facility due to concerns with flooding following heavy rain and the impact of the king tide due at 12:45am tomorrow morning. Details...

Reefton experiences gastroenteritis outbreak

26 / 01 / 2018 Over the past week a number of Reefton people have experienced diarrhoea and vomiting. Tests have confirmed viral gastroenteritis and health officials are now cautioning locals about the outbreak. Details...

Independent assessment of O'Conor Home shows no concerns

18 / 01 / 2018 In response to a range of concerns raised by members of the community about care provided at the O'Conor Home a special assessment was commissioned by the DHB to provide an independent audit of the management and quality of care provided at the facility. Details...

Mental health and addiction service users' feedback wanted

10 / 01 / 2018 People with experience of mental health or addictions are being asked to provide the West Coast District Health Board with some feedback, to help redesign local services. Details...

Grey Base overbridge to close 8 January

14 / 12 / 2017 The overbridge connecting the main street of Greymouth with the Grey Base Hospital will be closed for 10 days from Monday 8 to Thursday 18 January so pipework can be laid. Details...

DHB Focus on People documents quality initiatives

13 / 12 / 2017 The West Coast District Health Board has published its annual 'Quality Accounts' newspaper, 'Focus on People', to demonstrate the huge number of quality initiatives going on through the health system. Details...

Be mindful of mumps

23 / 11 / 2017 While tests showed two suspected cases of mumps reported in the past few weeks on the West Coast were not actually mumps, Medical Officer of Health Dr Cheryl Brunton advises caution. Details...

West Coast physio shortages result in changes

26 / 09 / 2017 A national shortage of DHB-based physiotherapists means the West Coast DHB has had to implement temporary changes to services for patients. Details...

Mental health initiatives put together

06 / 09 / 2017 A calendar of mental health and suicide prevention trainings, workshops and programmes is being published to mark this weekend's World Suicide Prevention Day (Sunday 10 September). Details...

Community dementia service shifts to CCCN

23 / 08 / 2017 Community Dementia Services will soon be managed through the Complex Clinical Care Network (CCCN), to better meet the needs of the West Coast community.  Details...

Slight delays with Grey Medical Centre phones

02 / 08 / 2017 Additional phone lines are being installed in the new combined Grey Medical Centre to alleviate current issues with delays some people are experiencing getting through to the Practice. Details...

New West Coast DHB general manager appointed

02 / 08 / 2017 Philip Wheble has this week been announced as the new general manager for the West Coast District Health Board. Details...

Rural Academic GP to merge with Grey Medical Centre

12 / 06 / 2017 In anticipation of the new Grey Integrated Family Health Centre opening next year, two of Greymouth's general practices will merge at the start of July. Details...

Patient wifi available at Grey Base

18 / 05 / 2017 Free public wifi internet access is now available in parts of the Grey Base Hospital. Details...

Increase in missed appointments concerns DHB

17 / 05 / 2017 While some progress has been made with improvements to its processes, the West Coast DHB would still like to understand why some patients do not turn up for appointments. Details...

DHB laundry services to change

12 / 05 / 2017 The West Coast DHB has confirmed that no staff will lose their jobs immediately as a result of the recent Laundry Service change proposal.  Details...

West Coast focuses on falls prevention in community

30 / 03 / 2017 In an effort to reduce the number of falls experienced by people on the West Coast, a programme of community awareness events is being produced for 'April Falls Month'. Details...

DHB places temporary manager in Granger House

23 / 03 / 2017 The West Coast DHB has appointed a Temporary Manager at Greymouth's Granger House (incorporating Richard Seddon Hospital) aged residential care facility.  Details...

Kowhai Manor to close

27 / 02 / 2017 Greymouth rest home Kowhai Manor will close by 31 March, as the Ministry of Health has withdrawn certification following a recent audit.  Details...

Sexual health advice still available on Coast

13 / 01 / 2017 The West Coast District Health Boards wants to reassure patients that the Grey and Westport sexual health clinics continue to operate as usual. Details...

West Coast focuses on falls prevention

10 / 11 / 2016 The number of falls experienced by patients of the West Coast health system shows there is more preventative work to be done in this area, West Coast DHB Chief Executive David Meates says. Details...

Take care when gardening!

10 / 10 / 2016 West Coasters are being urged to follow some simple steps in order to avoid getting a serious illness linked to gardening. Details...

Grey Hospital patient and visitor parking limits imposed

06 / 10 / 2016 In an effort to ensure parks are available when patients and visitors need them, the West Coast DHB is now limiting patient and visitor parks to four hours. Details...

West Coast Māori Health Plan approved

13 / 09 / 2016 The West Coast health system is doing well in its planning and implementation for Māori health, the Ministry of Health has said in approving the area's Māāori Health Plan. Details...

West Coast meets majority of health targets

25 / 08 / 2016 The West Coast District Health Board is ensuring shorter stays in the emergency department, is delivering more than expected volumes of elective surgery, and eligible people are getting assessed for cardiovascular risk as evidenced in the latest national health targets. Details...

Safety concerns close hospital footbridge

23 / 08 / 2016 A 140-year-old footbridge over railway lines linking Cowper St to the current Grey Base Hospital has been closed following an engineering assessment. Details...

Connect with nature for wellbeing

19 / 08 / 2016 How do you connect with nature? And how does it make you feel? A Buller group organising an event from 10 – 16 October to support wellbeing for this year's Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) is looking for input from locals. Details...

DHB general practice fees change

29 / 07 / 2016 Fees for routine consultations with your own West Coast District Health Board general practice increase by 50 cents with the new fee schedule being introduced next month. Details...

New endoscopy tower improves view

20 / 07 / 2016 A new endoscopy tower at the Grey Base Hospital means surgeons can see more clearly when they need to carry out gastroscopies and colonoscopies. Details...

Health Disability Action Plan launched

12 / 07 / 2016 Consulting with families, identifying staff champions, and providing large print health information are some of the actions outlined in the Canterbury and West Coasts' Health Disability Action Plan being launched today. Details...

Profile provides planning tool

08 / 07 / 2016 Overall increases in community need, challenges in recruitment and retention of workers, viability of services, and the need for co-ordination are key themes in the Buller Community Profile released this week. Details...

New stop smoking service for Coast

01 / 07 / 2016 The Ministry of Health has offered a contract to Community and Public Health to deliver the new West Coast Stop Smoking Service replacing the existing Aukati KaiPaipa service for Maori. Details...

Consumer voices are important

14 / 06 / 2016 The West Coast DHB Consumer Council is looking for more representatives to provide advice to the West Coast health system. Details...

DHB applauds Government's commitment to West Coast

27 / 05 / 2016 West Coast District Health Board Chair Peter Ballantyne has applauded the Government's commitment to the health of West Coasters with today's announcement of extra funding to allow the new Grey Base facilities to proceed. Details...

South Westland flooding - Media update 1

24 / 03 / 2016 All DHB clinics are running as normal in South Westland today. If any patients are unable to make it to their appointments, it would be useful to ring their local clinic and let them know, and alternative appointments can be arranged. Details...

West Coast makes 999,999th electronic referral

23 / 03 / 2016 Two minutes after West Coast District Health Board Rural Hospital Medicine Registrar Adele Pheasant referred a patient using the South Island Electronic Request Management System (ERMS), another doctor hit the big time. Details...

New 'virtual medical receptionist' service to help South Westland

29 / 02 / 2016 A new service offering greater access to booking general practice appointments in South Westland will become operational on Monday 21 March when a three month trial begins. 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...

Looking for other media releases? For releases published earlier please visit our archives section.

Latest Video Stories

Sharon Williams tells the story of her palliative care

Sharon Williams tells the story of her palliative care.
(First published here: 7 February 2018)

Joan and Lisa talk about nurse prescribing

Joan and Lisa talk about nurse prescribing.
(First published here: 15 January 2018)

The late Tracey Russell tells her story of palliative care

The late Tracey Russell tells her story of palliative care
(First published here: 15 January 2018)

West Coast DHB gets a DEXA scanner

West Coast DHB gets a DEXA scanner.
(First published here: 6 September 2017)

West Coast public health nurses set up school and preschool clinics

Public health nurses wanted to promote their services and make themselves more accessible, so they have started running regular drop-in clinic sessions..
(First published here: 28 August 2017)

Rural Academic General Practice merges with Grey Medical Centre

Two Greymouth general practices are merging in anticipation of the new Integrated Family Health Centre opening in Greymouth next year.
(First published: 30 June 2017)

Read a related media release which also has FAQs about the merger and a notice for patients of Rural Academic GP and Grey Medical Centre.

Preventing falls

A patient story featuring Jean Thompson.
(First published: 30 March 2017)

Read a related media release which also has a link to the ACC 'How safe is your home checklist'.

Before School Checks

Find out about our Before School Checks, the final part of the Well Child checks.
(First published here: 20 March 2017)

Nurse Practitioner Journey
Part 1

Oncology nurse specialist Maria Giles backgrounds the start of her journey to be a nurse practitioner. We're going to update it in a few months to see how she's getting on.
(First published here: 10 March 2017)

Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal 2016 cheque presentation

Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal 2016 cheque presentation..
(First published here: 17 January 2017)

West Coasters talk about connecting with nature for Mental Health Awareness Week

West Coasters talk about connecting with nature for Mental Health Awareness Week..
(First published here: 25 October 2016)

An update from the Fletcher guys re new Grey Health facilities

A new Grey Hospital and Integrated Family Health Centre are being built in Greymouth. This is an update on how it's going..
(First published here: 6 October 2016)

Patient feedback helps improve pathways

Patient Susan Dobson tells the story of challenging unnecessary processes within the breast cancer pathways.
(First published: 30 September 2016)

University of Otago med students hear about working as a rural health medicine practitioner at Buller Health

Students hear from Buller doctors and look around Buller Health facilities.
(First published: 25 August 2016)

Health & Safety on new Grey Base site

The building of the new Grey Base Hospital and Integrated Family Health Centre requires consistent focus on health and safety..
(First published: 17 August 2016)

Grey Valley farmers proud to give up smoking

Bryan Edmonds and Alana Tait stopped smoking in April 2016 and talk about what it has meant for their family..
(First published: 16 August 2016)

Kawatiri Birthing Unit managers' farewell

Correen and Alan Haslett are farewelled and Mieke Siebelink welcomed at the DHB's Westport facility..
(First published: 9 August 2016)

Piling begins on the new Grey Base Hospital

Piling begins on the new Grey Base Hospital.

Working for the West Coast DHB: Bethney Teasdale

Bethney Teasdale is a home-grown success story for the West Coast DHB. The Medical Laboratory Scientist is thrilled to be working in the Grey Base Hospital, and talks about how she got here and her role.

2016 Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal West Coast launch at Grey Base Hospital's Parfitt Ward

Last year's Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal hero Izzy Boere turns up for the launch, along with Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn, DHB and Countdown representatives.

Update on new Grey Base Hospital/IFHC build

What's underway and what's about to be started on the new Grey Base Hospital and Integrated Family Health Centre site

Homecare Medical introduced in South Westland

Phil Wheble (General Manager West Coast DHB) talks about phone services in South Westland.

Improving wound pressure care - a quality initiative

West Coast DHB staff working together on wound pressure care.


West Coast District Health Board Speech Language Therapist Denise Diedrichs talks about using telehealth

Anaesthetist Raviraj Raveendran talks about working for the West Coast DHB

West Coast DHB anaesthetist and Australia / New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Fellow Raviraj Raveendran talks about working for the West Coast DHB

Be aware of strokes and think FAST

Clinical Nurse Specialist Stroke Kelly Luckman talks about stroke awareness.

Cute kids fundraise for hospital residents

Reefton Sacred Heart School Young Vinnies raised $1200 for musical instruments for Reefton Hospital residents. A concert ensues...

Reefton Sacred Heart School Young Vinnies raised $1200 for musical instruments for Reefton Hospital residents. A concert ensues....

District nurses in Buller

Ever wondered what district nurses do?.

Stroke survivor Paul Soper tells his story.

Stroke survivor Paul Soper tells his story..

Pulmonary rehab classes work wonders

People with pulmonary conditions participate in an eight week course of exercise and information aimed at improving mobility and fitness (added 26 May 2016).

Working for the West Coast DHB

Dr Brendan Marshall talks about working as a GP and across a rural base hospital on the West Coast.

Buller women give feedback on maternity services, on International Midwives Day

Flu heroes of the West Coast

Part three, from Lee Harris on Vimeo.

Part two: Reefton, from Lee Harris on Vimeo.

Part one, from Lee Harris on Vimeo.

Quality Accounts Focus on Patients launched

The 2015 West Coast District Health Board Quality Accounts have been launched. The Focus on Patients publication is available from GPs, the Grey Base Hospital and other DHB facilities. Or you can read it here.

Santa Claus on Telehealth

Santa Claus makes an appearance via telehealth from the North Pole to Grey Base Hospital.

Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal, December 2015

The Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal helps children by raising money for much needed medical equipment for children's wards across the country, including Greymouth Hospital Parfitt children's ward.

Telehealth - Bringing Specialists to Rural Areas

News Release on One News, Saturday, 23rd March

The use of telemedicine on the West Coast is world leading and the DHB should be very proud of how well it works.

Lorelei Mason, health reporter for TVNZ, met with Liaison Paediatrician Dr John Garrett and filmed a story about the success of the Transalpine Paediatric Service. Lorelei shot footage of John in Christchurch talking to a family in Buller. There was also a TVNZ cameraman at Buller Health filming the family talking with John. The news item was aired on One News, Saturday 23 March 2013.

Work is underway on expanding the use of telemedicine across a range of other services at the West Coast DHB.