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Winter is coming… are you prepared?

Influenza or ‘the flu’ isn’t just a cold – it’s a serious illness that can be fatal. Our Director of Nursing and Midwifery Andrea McCance shows Newstalk ZB host Tim Fookes just how easy it is to protect you and the people around you this winter with a quick flu jab. View the video here

To see if you qualify for a free vaccination, visit: www.fightflu.co.nz


Health services for older people

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.

Click here to read more


Make your voice heard

The 3DHB Mental Health, Addictions, and Intellectual Disability service for Wairarapa, Hutt Valley, and Capital & Coast DHBs is seeking additional members for a new Consumer Leadership Group. This group’s aim is to give users of our services more input into how these services are funded and delivered across the region.

We want mental health service consumers to be heard and actively involved at all levels of service planning, design, and implementation. We are particularly keen to hear from people of Māori or Pacific Island heritage, as well as young people, to ensure a range of voices are heard. Find out more here


Unless it's an emergency your General Practice should always be your first choice.

Call Healthline 0800 611 116

for free advice 24 hours a day. More info about Healthline here.

Click here for after hours GP services.

Rheumatic Fever

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 here

Free 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


Laboratory Service Update

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.


Disability Responsiveness champions

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


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