Hospital Services

Stroke pathways will speed treatment

A new assessment and treatment pathway will help stroke sufferers get treatment faster in Marlborough.

Half-million hospital repair bill

wairau hospital

Wairau Hospital needs more than $500,000 in repairs and improvements.

Confidence will return - DHB boss

Chris Fleming

The investigation of a former Wairau Hospital surgeon following fatal surgeries at the hospital knocked public confidence, a report into surgical services says.

One service, two sites

As part of a series into the top of the south review into surgical services, Heather Simpson looks at the increased management presence at Wairau Hospital.

Clinicians' 'need more of an insight'

As part of our series on the review of surgical services at NMDHB, Heather Simpson writes about the role of doctors in finances.

Consumer panel to aid healthcare

The NMDHB is considering setting up a consumer panel to give the public a greater voice on how hospital services are shaped.

Rallying a crowd

HEATHER SIMPSON - The Marlborough Express

Kaikoura National candidate Stuart Smith is encouraging Marlburians to turn out in force to a public meeting revealing the contents of a review of hospital services.

Registrar solution at Wairau

Registrars will be appointed to Wairau Hospital for the first time following a review into surgical services across Nelson Marlborough District Health Board.

Road to recovery

Health board on target for turnaround

Chris Fleming

The NMDHB had the worst performance in New Zealand for elective surgery. Heather Simpson finds out how the board is turning around its fortunes.

DHB lifts its game on health targets

Nelson Marlborough District Health Board's performance on a range of key Ministry of Health targets has improved for the third quarter of 2013-14 but it is still missing three ministry goals.

Meeting on Wairau services

Marlburians interested in the future of surgical services at Wairau Hospital should attend a public meeting revealing the recommendations of a review, says board member.

Surgery targets hit in healthy recovery


Sarah Dunn reports on how the NMDHB has recovered from a slow start to meet its surgery numbers in the last financial year.

'Severe' work limits on surgeon

Michael Parry

Surgeon who appears to have botched multiple operations put under 'very serious constraint'.

Work starts on new hospital

 Kaikoura Hospital

Canterbury DHB has announced that work on the new Kaikoura Hospital will begin this month.

Nurse numbers boosted

Nelson Hospital will employ more emergency nurses after a group of nurses took concerns about understaffing to senior management.

Review brings changes

It's official: Nelson Marlborough District Health Board's clinical services review is finished.

Ruined roof could fund smoko

Liquid Alchemy

Nelson Hospital staff may not have seen the last of the massive section of copper roofing that was ripped off the hospital during last week's storm.

GPs must meet standards

GP practices who can't meet basic standards "need their head read", a Blenheim GP has said.

Hospital to get paediatrician

Marlborough is set to get a new community paediatrician.

Damaged hospital back at work

Nelson and Tasman are in recovery mode as extreme weather from Cyclone Ita hammered the region from Wednesday night until the early hours of this morning.

Conversations that count

One Tuesday morning while studying for exams, I dropped my nan while trying to lift her back to bed from the toilet.

Lab cuts hiccup

needle strap

On six occasions a lack of patient information meant GPs could not immediately contact patients with their test results.

Nurses should not have let him drive

kerry anthony

Kerry Anthony was failed by the nurses at Wairau Hospital who let him drive home, inquiry finds.

Slushy defies sugar ban

Flyers offering free slushies have heralded the first challenge to Nelson Hospital's ban on sugar.

100 health staff moving

Nearly 100 health organisation staff are moving out of Nelson to Richmond.

Mission for auto-injectors

A Blenheim mother is lobbying the health minister to press government pharmaceutical purchaser Pharmac to fund auto-injectors.

First allergy clinic for top of south

The only specialist private clinic for allergy sufferers in the top of the South Island will open today.

Life tough after medlab redundancy

Peter Webster was made redundant 40 years to the day after he started at Wairau Hospital's medical laboratory

Cuts to Medlab services in Blenheim

Cuts to medical laboratory services in Blenheim were an economic decision to ensure it remained viable

Indian op to solve weight loss woes

 Annette Taylor

A lifelong quest to lose weight has led one Nelson woman to have bariatric surgery in New Delhi.

Sufferers looking overseas


Having your teeth done, eyes lasered or hip replaced overseas is on the rise.

Pharmacy blood tests a popular option

Patients on blood-clot busting drug warfarin can avoid going to a GP for blood tests thanks to a successful pharmaceutical monitoring service in Blenheim.

Board seeks regular patient transfers

Nelson Marlborough District Health Board want a timetabled inter-hospital patient transport service.

Lift in hearing-aid subsidy welcomed

A hike in Accident Compensation Corporation contributions towards the cost of hearing aids will make the technology more accessible for people suffering injury-related hearing loss, an audiologist says.

Board posts surplus

Marlborough District Health Board's finances continue to look rosier with a $2.9 million surplus after a financially taxing 2013.

IT system links medical records

A new $1.5 million IT system to electronically link Nelson Marlborough clinical records with those of other South Island district health boards has been given the green light.

Protect against measles

The Nelson Marlborough District Health Board has urged families to get immunised against measles amid an outbreak in the North Island.

DHB to pilot new maternity, child plan

The Nelson and Marlborough District Health Board has been chosen to lead a pilot project to enhance maternity and child health services.

Wrinklies Express bus service

A successful door-to-door patient transport service between Golden Bay and Nelson Hospital could also work well in Blenheim

Nursing changes 'won't cost any jobs'

After a seven-month review process, Nelson's district nursing programme is set to change shape, but the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board says no jobs will be lost.

For a flight of fancy, try an eponym

OPINION: I like eponyms. Believe me, right now some of my colleagues are either chuckling and/or tutting.

PHO hits targets, lifts funds

Marlborough Primary Health Organisation's finances are looking rosier after hitting a string of key health targets.

Clinic open and accepting patients

Renwick Medical Centre will open today, making it the first primary health care service in the town for 11 years.

Drugged and driving

kerry anthony

Man is left brain-damaged by car crash after Wairau Hospital staff pumped him full of morphine then let him drive home.

Hospitals ban sugar

Nelson Hospital

Sugary drinks to be banned at Nelson and Wairau Hospitals to send a "clear message" about improving health.

Apology clears air over van cost

NMDHB chief executive Chris Fleming made a personal apology to Linda Barnes yesterday. Stuck at hospital

Cottage for parents given makeover

 Maureen Higgs

A cottage for parents who have sick babies staying in Nelson Hospital has been given a makeover.

Get the bus, wheelchair user told

Linda Barnes

Linda Barnes has made a complaint to the DHB after a social worker suggested she take a bus home to Blenheim

Your opinion counts - DHB

OPINION: The most successful health organisations around the world are very good at listening to patients

Stuck at hospital

Linda Barnes

A social worker at Nelson Hospital suggested a wheelchair bound Blenheim woman take a bus home

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