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Malcolm Street Covid-19 community testing centre closing 16 December

Friday 02 December 2022

Community testing and RAT collection shifting to Dunedin Immunisation Centre After one year, thousands of PCR tests administered and tens of thousands of rapid antigen tests distributed, the Malcolm Street Covid-19 Community Testing Centre in Dunedin is winding down operations and closing its doors on 16 December.“RAT tests...

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New Board Appointees for WellSouth

Tuesday 08 November 2022

Two new appointments were confirmed at the WellSouth Board of Trustees meeting today (Tuesday 08 November).Nurse Practitioner Nicky Burwood has been elected the board’s new nursing representative, while Dr Keri Milne-Ihimaera is appointed as the community representative trustee. Nurse Representative[image src="/assets/Images/Nicky-Burwood2.jpg" id="2555" width="150" height="205" class="leftAlone ss-htmleditorfield-file image"]Nicky Burwood is...

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Readying for the health system of the future: WellSouth Annual Report 2021-2022

Tuesday 08 November 2022

WellSouth made an even more significant contribution to the health sector response to the Covid global pandemic in the 2021-2022 financial year and continued to support the delivery of routine and preventative healthcare during challenging times.While leading Covid testing in the region as they have since 2020, WellSouth, general practices,...

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Community is key: Southland general practices attracting and keeping trainee doctors

Monday 17 October 2022

Southland general practices are proving popular training grounds for new doctors, as eight, second-year GP trainees are continuing to train and work in the region – three in Te Anau, three in Invercargill and one each in Winton and Gore. Six GPEPs, who started their three-year General Practice Education Programme...

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Primary Care Nurses Advance their Skills

Wednesday 21 September 2022

The South Island are set to have twelve new community nurse prescribers by the end of October, just after the third cohort begin the six-month long programme.The South Island Registered Nurse Prescribing in Community Health (RNPCH) programme trains nurses to treat minor ailments in usually well patients.The nurses can prescribe...

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Call for interest: WellSouth Board of Trustees - Nurse Representative and Community Representative

Monday 19 September 2022

Be part of making real impact in the health services for communities in Otago and Southland.WellSouth is seeking a nurse representative and a community representative to serve as trustees in our board.The nurse representative is the representative for nurses, while the community representative is one of three on the board....

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Gore Medical Centre credentialled as a Health Care Home practice, First practice in Southern to receive accreditation

Thursday 01 September 2022

The Gore Medical Centre (GMC) is celebrating a milestone in primary care in Southern.GMC is the first general practice in Otago and Southland to be credentialled as a Health Care Home practice - a programme helping to increase capacity and capability in general practice.The accreditation is the culmination of...

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Manaaki team calling Māori and Pasifika patients to support attending hospital appointments

Thursday 18 August 2022

WellSouth Primary Health Network and Te Whatu Ora Southern (Māori Health Directorate and Surgical Services & Radiology) are teaming up to help ensure Māori and Pacific Island patients and whānau get the support they need to attend outpatient hospital appointments across the district.Seven days prior to a scheduled specialist appointment,...

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Dunedin Covid Testing Centre hours extended

Wednesday 13 July 2022

WellSouth have extended the opening hours of the Covid community testing centre at 5 Malcolm Street in Dunedin as of yesterday.The hours of operation are now 9.30am to 5.30pm, 7 days a week.After the closure of the Te Kāika testing centre on Victoria Road on the 26 June, we want...

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Preparing for a second wave of Covid-19

Monday 11 July 2022

As predicted earlier in the year, we are currently seeing a second wave of Covid-19 cases in our Southern communities.As we come into the peak of the flu season, Covid-19 case numbers are rising once again, and are likely to stay high for the next couple of months.We want to...

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