Hospital Services

Locum surgeon appointed fulltime

A new general surgeon has moved to a permanent position at Wairau Hospital in Blenheim.

Preparation eases surgery nerves

Frost sprinklers

Three years ago Havelock woman Alli Millar fell off a trailer in a farm accident, injuring her left knee.

Illness hits hospital

Surgeries cancelled due to staff illness have impacted the Nelson Marlborough DHB's performance.

Wairau Hospital to get ENT surgery

Ear, nose and throat surgery could be introduced to Wairau Hospital for the first time following a major review of surgical services.

Hospital shuttle service on hold

Plans for shuttle service between Wairau and Nelson hospitals stymied by cuts to van fleet.

New system to monitor surgeries

A temporary system is being rolled out across the NMDHB to fix a dip in surgery performance.

Shortages hamper stroke care

Marlborough will never get the organised stroke service the Ministry of Health wants while there is a shortage of physiotherapists and occupational therapists, a Wairau Hospital doctor says.

Surgeons under fire

DHB chief criticises region's surgeons for creating backlog by cherry-picking patients.

Nelsonians less likely to visit ED

People in Blenheim go to emergency department nearly twice as often as Nelson residents.

PHO meeting targets

The Marlborough PHO is showing a significant improvement in meeting health targets.

GP practice to audit ED patients

A Blenheim GP practice plans to conduct an audit of its patients who attend Wairau Hospital's ED to see why they didn't make a doctor's appointment.

Pro-life list defended

A website listing Marlborough's anti-abortion health professionals is not sinister, says PHO chief.

Cardiology a bit like landing a plane

Jo Edwards

Sarah Dunn meets Dr Nick Fisher a heart specialist who brought his military training from the cockpit to the surgeon’s table

Scanner site yet to be chosen

Radiology company confident that an MRI machine will installed in Blenheim later this year.

Assault rise on wards

Assaults and abuse of health staff is up, but more incidents could be going unreported, says nurse.

Surge in drunks in ED

Hospital corridor, generic

A rise in the number of drunk people needing emergency care after boozed-up fights shows the town is no longer safe, says Wairau Hospital boss.

DHB not tracking 'drunk' patients

ANNA WILLIAMS - The Marlborough Express

Addiction worker questions why health board doesn't keep data on number of drunk admissions.

Nursing faces crisis

Wellington ICU

More than 500 nurses in Marlborough and Nelson will reach retirement age in the next 10 years, leaving the region exposed to a skills shortfall.

Board works on review proposals

HEATHER SIMPSON - The Marlborough Express

The health board has started planning how to carry out the recommendations of a review of surgical services and general medicine at Nelson and Wairau hospitals.

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.

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