Waikato Hospital is currently experiencing significant high demand across all areas of the campus. This demand is a result of factors including the change to Alert Level Two and Waikato District Health Board staff working off-site at our COVID-19 community-based assessment centres, as well as an overall increased acute patient demand on our hospital services, including the emergency department. We are also in the process of rolling out the COVID-19 vaccination programme. Waikato Hospital is one of many others across the country also experiencing the same heightened need. We ask that the community be patient with us while we treat the urgent presentations both within the hospital and the emergency department. There may be some delays and/or wait times for non-urgent issues. This has also meant that unfortunately, some non-urgent elective surgery may need to be rescheduled.
There are also some things which you can do to help us so we can continue to provide great and timely care to our patients and whānau:
Urgent Care Centres in Hamilton:
Te Rapa, Corner Horsham Downs Road and Thomas Road
Rototuna Shopping Centre, Hamilton
Anglesea Accident and Urgent Medical
Corner Thackeray, Anglesea Street, Hamilton
750 Victoria Street, Hamilton
Welcome to the first newsletter of 2021. We are all hitting the ground running, and adapting to new ways of working in a year that will still be dominated by the pandemic. Many events in 2021 are planning on being virtual, but here in NZ we are lucky enough to be able to attend some events in person. The upcoming HiNZ events – the Digital Health Leadership Summits – will be a wonderful opportunity to see familiar faces and talk digital health. There are many other events during the year that we hope to see you at as well – detailed here in this newsletter. This newsletter is a bumper issue, so I will let you get on with reading it.
Click here to read the March 2021 Newsletter
As part of Hauraki District Council's Elephant in the Paddock initiative in partnership with the Waikato-Hauraki-Coromandel Rural Support Trust, free Good Yarn workshops will be held in Ngatea, Paeroa and Waihi on March 15,16 and 17th at the Memorial Halls. A free morning tea is also provided.
We would be very grateful if you could spread the word/promote these events through your newsletters and networks - it would be great to have a good local turn out.
Click here for the GoodYarn Free Workshop Flyer
Apiha Hononga Hapori
Community Engagement Officer
Council Chair and Deputy Chair re-appointed
Council has confirmed the continued leadership of Chair, Dr Curtis Walker, and Deputy Chair, Ms Susan Hughes QC, during their first meeting of 2021.
“Both members have provided strong leadership and direction to Council – particularly throughout the challenges of COVID-19 – and I’d like to congratulate them on their return to the roles this year,” says Chief Executive, Joan Simeon.
With a strong commitment to raising the standard of health care for Māori, and supporting doctors with their education and training, Dr Walker works as a renal and general physician at MidCentral DHB and was elected to Council in 2015. Ms Hughes QC, who also chairs Council’s Audit and Risk Committee, joined Council in 2013 and is based in New Plymouth with more than 30 years’ experience working across a range of jurisdictions and Courts.
“Both Dr Walker and Ms Hughes have brought energy, commitment, and a wealth of experience to Council and our role in protecting public safety. I very much look forward to working with them again this year,” says Ms Simeon.
"It is a privilege to be re-elected as Chair of Council, and I'm very grateful for the ongoing support of Council members. Maintaining excellence in medical practice, health equity, and right touch medical regulation are just some of the key priorities for the year ahead. We will all continue to face many challenges, including COVID-19, health system reform, workforce pressures, and the increasing demand and complexity of healthcare. I look forward to working with the profession and public on these and other issues,” says Council Chair Dr Curtis Walker.
At the first meeting of each year, as required by the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003, Council elects a Chair and Deputy Chair for the next 12 months from among the existing Council members.
Read more Dr Walker, Ms Hughes and our other members.
To any Project Managers interested in working for women’s health research via Victoria University. Please share with anyone you think may be interested.
In particular this role aims to set up and manage the implementation of recently awarded Grant for the Te Tai Tokerau HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) self-testing project. Other projects including Grant Development Projects as required.
The Project Manager is located within the Centre for Women’s Health Research / Te Tātai Hauora O Hine. The Faculty of Health / Te Wāhanga Tātai Hauora consists of the School of Health / Te Kura Tātai Hauora, Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health (GSNMH), the Health Services Research Centre (HSRC) and the Centre for Women’s Health Research (CWHR
The role will support the implementation of research which is led by the Centre for Women's Health Research, and involves interaction in the community, iwi and Te Ao Māori space
Click here to view the full role description
Attention all staff,
With the flu season nearly approaching we are needing the following issues to be resolved.
1: Making sure your Provider is the GP and not the nurse. This error cannot be manually fixed and is time consuming having to fax errors back to the clinic to be corrected.
2: Letting NIR know if you have a new GP or nurse joining your practice even if they are locums.
Your assistance to make us all more efficient is much appreciated.