Waitaki District Health Services

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Come along and join us to hear about patient transfers, a business update and meet some of our Gvernance and Leadership Teams.

Presenters will be from St John, Helicopters Otago, Southern District Health Board and Waitaki District Health Services Limited

Southern DHB Comissioner and CEO Community Update - 17th Oct 2019

Southern DHB Comissioner and CEO Community Update

Please join the Southern DHB Comissioner team and CEO for an update on recent developments and next steps for health in the Southern district, and your community.

This meeting is to be held in the Inkbox Theatre at the Opera House on Monday November 11th from 10.00-11.30am.

New measles cases in Queenstown, Oamaru and Dunedin - 3rd Oct 2019

Wednesday 2 October 2019

 

17:00 Update

More new measles cases have been confirmed this afternoon taking the total number of Southern DHB cases to 57.

 

Of the seven new cases confirmed this afternoon five are Queenstown residents, one is an Oamaru resident and one is a Dunedin resident.

 

Total cases for each location is:

Dunedin: 2

Oamaru: 1

Wanaka: 2

Queenstown: 52

 

Public Health South are currently following up close contacts of the new cases to identify unvaccinated and vulnerable people that may have been exposed to measles. If asked by public health to be isolated then please do so. This will help contain the outbreak and protect vulnerable people who are susceptible as they are unable to be vaccinated.

 

Anyone who thinks they might have been exposed to measles should watch out for symptoms and isolate themselves immediately if they start to get sick. Please call your GP practice in advance if you are seeking care.

 

Measles symptoms include cough, runny nose, inflamed eyes, fever followed a few days later by a rash.

 

Unvaccinated people who have had direct contact with measles cases should get advice from Healthline on 0800 611 116.

 

The Immunisation Advisory Centre has provided up to date information about measles immunity and the MMR vaccine on their website: https://www.immune.org.nz/hot-topic/measles-overseas-and-new-zealand

 

For more information on measles please visit the Ministry of Health website.

Statement of Intent 2019-20 now available - 3rd Oct 2019

The 2019-20 Statement of Intent is a compliance document as part of our requirements for Waitaki District Health Services Limited.  This document is updated annually and has been made available on the website.

Oamaru Hospital Launches New Website - 2nd Oct 2019

Oamaru Hospital has recently launched a new website to help improve access to information and to keep the community well informed on activities. 

This new website (https://www.waitakihealth.co.nz) has already proved effective for receiving community feedback and has assisted in the recruitment of staff.

“Members of our community have provided feedback both on aspects of their care where we could have done better, as well as positive accolades for the care received.  All feedback gets managed through our internal policies that guide how we manage complaints and bouquets” Ruth Kibble, Chief Executive of Waitaki District Health Services said. 

“People interested in working at Oamaru Hospital have also been using this site to understand more about the hospital and the services we deliver.  The website has been mentioned in recent interviews by doctors looking for permanent roles in Oamaru, some of them from overseas” Mrs Kibble said.

This website will provide up to date health advice and information. 

“We have made a commitment to ensure effective communication processes are in place” Paul Allison, Chairman of Waitaki District Health Services said.

“This website, alongside Health Forums and Media updates, will play an important role of our newly approved Communication Strategy that seeks to provide easily accessible information to our community” he said. 

ENDS

For further information please contact:

Ruth Kibble, Chief Executive Officer - Ruth.Kibble@southerndhb.govt.nz

Paul Allison, Chairman – paulallison.nz@gmail.com

New measles cases in Queenstown, Wanaka and Dunedin - 2nd Oct 2019

New measles cases confirmed in the past 48 hours include 13 Queenstown residents, 2 Wanaka residents and 1 Dunedin resident.

The total number of Southern DHB cases is now 50.

Public Health South are currently following up close contacts of the new cases to identify unvaccinated and vulnerable people that may have been exposed to measles. If asked by public health to be isolated then please do so. This will help contain the outbreak and protect vulnerable people who are susceptible as they are unable to be vaccinated.

“Vulnerable people include those that are pregnant, immune compromised or too young to be vaccinated,” says Southern DHB’s Medical Officer of Health Dr Susan Jack.

“Close contact with a measles case means sharing a confined space such as a house, classroom, car or other indoor area.”

GPs are reminding parents to check the immunisation status of their children and to make an appointment if they are due or late for their 15 month and/or 4 year MMR vaccination. Any child under five who has not already received MMR 1 and MMR 2, will be prioritised for vaccination.

Confirmed measles cases were known to be infectious at many Queenstown restaurants, ski fields, parks and shops (includes Frankton and Arrowtown) over the last few weeks including:

  • Queenstown Events Centre - 11:30am swimming class Monday 23 September
  • Mitre 10 - play area between 12:00 - 2:00pm Monday 23 September
  • Millbrook pool and sauna -  Tuesday 24 September
  • Skyline Gondola - Monday 23 September and Friday 27 September
  • Arrowtown Primary School,  Open class day - Tuesday 24 September
  • Mainly Music church group - Tuesday 24 September
  • Wakatipu High School - Monday 23, Wednesday 25, Thursday 26, Friday 27 September

     

Infectious case were also at the following locations outside of Queenstown:

Location

Date

Time

Gore:

 

 

Amore Boutique

Wednesday 25 September

All day

Howl at the Moon

Wednesday 25 September

Dinner

S’cape Hair & Medi Spa

Thursday 26 September

Afternoon

Riversdale Primary School production

Thursday 26 September

Evening

Dunedin:

 

 

U-bar Cumberland Street

Wednesday 25 September

Late evening

Silent Disco Lone Star

Thursday 26 September

Late evening

New World (Gardens)

Friday 27 September

Late afternoon

Café at St Clair

Saturday 28 September

Morning

Mac’s Brew Bar

Saturday 28 September

Lunch

Vault 21

Saturday 28 September

Late evening

Unipol gym

Tuesday 1 October

Late afternoon

University first year business and law lectures

Monday 23 – Friday 27  September Monday 1 – Tuesday 2 October

Various times

Wanaka:

 

 

Paradiso Cinema

Friday 27 September

Evening

Snap Fitness

Saturday 28 September

Evening

Gin and Raspberry

Saturday 28 September

Evening

Cork

Saturday 28 September

Evening

FuDog Restaurant

Saturday 28 September

Dinner

Anyone who thinks they might have been exposed to measles should watch out for symptoms and isolate themselves immediately if they start to get sick. Please call your GP practice in advance if you are seeking care.

Measles symptoms include cough, runny nose, inflamed eyes, fever followed a few days later by a rash.

Unvaccinated people who have had direct contact with measles cases should get advice from Healthline on 0800 611 116.

The Immunisation Advisory Centre has provided up to date information about measles immunity and the MMR vaccine on their website: https://www.immune.org.nz/hot-topic/measles-overseas-and-new-zealand

For more information on measles please visit the Ministry of Health website.

Annual Report 2017-18 - 1st Jun 2018

Annual Report 2017-18

The Year in Review

The 2017-18 year was significant, due to it being a period where significant change for Waitaki District Health Services Limited was seeded. During the earlier part of this year, we continued to work to implement the model of care that had been approved previously and entered discussions about how we align with the Southern DHB Primary and Community Strategy.

The changes driven by the model of care development have a strong focus on how we deliver our services, especially those within the community. This has provided the opportunity and challenge to how we need to realign our services to work within this paradigm. An example of the outputs of this work include the development of the Waitaki District Health Services Directory which is now proudly available through the Safer Waitaki webpage.

View the Waitaki District Health Services Annual Report 2017-18.

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