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Each year over $130,000 of equipment is walked, carried or wheeled from our hospitals never to be returned. This works out to around 10 per cent of all the medical equipment we loan out - so for every 2000 pieces of equipment which leave our hospitals, only 1800 come back. Help out those who come to hospital after you by giving back any medical equipment during our amnesty this October - no questions asked. Click here for more details.
Growing older is something we should all celebrate. The wealth of skills, knowledge and wisdom that older people bring to our community is invaluable. So rather than focusing on the mental and physical decline that can come with ageing, many older members of our community are focusing on how they can remain active physically, emotionally and socially.
This section of the website brings together information about the support services available to older people and their families/whanau in the Wellington region.
The District Health Board and Ministry of Health are making available three Pacific Oral Health Scholarships for students of Pacific origin undertaking a Bachelor of Oral Health, Dental Therapy, with the University of Otago. They are a great way of funding your study and include mentoring and career support.
Applications close 25 September 2015. Details here
Unless it's an emergency your General Practice should always be your first choice.
for free advice 24 hours a day. More info about Healthline here.
Rheumatic fever starts with a sore throat that is known as ‘strep throat’ – a throat infection caused by a bacteria called Group A Streptococcus. Read more hereFree Sore Throat Clinics
If you’re in Porirua, your child is Māori or Pacific, aged 4 to 19 years and has a sore throat, they can have it checked at a free sore throat clinic – click here for details.
The Simulation & Skills Centre is a purpose-designed facility suitable for the simulation needs of a wide range of healthcare professionals, with the ability to provide outreach activities at clinical sites. Located at Wellington Regional Hospital, the centre includes three clinical education rooms, two presentation rooms and two specialist simulation rooms. The facilities can be booked for presentations or training events. Read more or make a booking to use the facilities here
The lower North Island will have a new integrated hospital and community laboratory service from 1 November. The new service will see laboratory equipment upgraded in the region which will improve patient experiences, turnaround times, and access to tests results. Click here for more information.
Over the past year the 3DHBs (Wairarapa, Hutt Valley, and Capital & Coast) have shown leadership in their commitment to improve access to health services for those who experience disability. More than 30 staff, who represent departments across the 3DHBs, have committed to working with the Sub-regional Disability Advisory Group (SRDAG) established in November 2013 as ‘champions’. These champions will ensure people with disabilities or impairments can successfully use the health services provided by each DHB. Read more here