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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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Nurse prescribing programme helping primary care nurses do more for their patients

Monday 27 June 2022

More South Island-based primary care nurses will be able to prescribe routine medications to patients thanks to a new training initiative supported by WellSouth.The South Island Registered Nurse Prescribing in Community Health (RNPCH) programme trains nurses to prescribe medications for a number of common health conditions, including ear infections, sore...

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Actrol team gets creative to support mental health

Thursday 23 June 2022

“Everyone knows someone, or can relate to someone, who has experienced a mental health issue.” David Roff is quick to summarise why he and his Actrol colleagues dedicated their fund-raising efforts in support of mental health and well-being and suicide prevention.A mini-golf competition, raffling-off a set of tools, and guessing...

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New partnership aims to ease ED pressure and help patients access care in Invercargill

Wednesday 22 June 2022

An innovative pilot programme led by WellSouth Primary Health Network, in partnership with Southern DHB’s Southland Hospital, will help patients get the urgent care they need while reducing pressure on the emergency department. WellSouth and Southern DHB are trialling EmergencyQ, a software solution which connects Southland Hospital, He Puna Waiora...

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Low-Cost Food & Transport Map resource extended to support the Central Otago community

Wednesday 22 June 2022

WellSouth Primary Health Network has expanded their online Low-Cost Food & Transport Map resource to cover Central Otago.Available on the WellSouth website , these resources are a series of maps showing affordable (free or lower cost) food and transport options available for communities in the Southern region.The existing...

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Emma Wyeth joins WellSouth board of trustees

Tuesday 12 April 2022

A respected hauora Māori and health system researcher, educator, and prominent member of southern Ngāi Tahu communities is joining WellSouth Primary Health Network’s Board of Trustees as a mana whenua representative.Associate Professor Emma Wyeth (Kāi Tahu, Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Mutunga) is Manupiki Māori o Te Wāhanga Matua Mātau...

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South surpasses one million RAT tests distributed

Saturday 09 April 2022

More than one million Rapid Antigen Tests were distributed to the residents in Southern during March.There were 59, 174 orders filled via Southern distribution sites, ordered through the Ministry of Health’s RAT requestor. That amounts to 1,097,800 RAT tests provided to people meeting testing criteria in Otago and Southland in...

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General practice survey supports sustainability

Thursday 07 April 2022

From Paul Rowe, WellSouth Practice Network Director:Since the end of January, WellSouth has surveyed general practices in Southland and Otago each week. (Now, twice weekly.) This started at the time Covid was first detected on the South Island and it was clear Covid cases in the community would increase rapidly,...

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Rapid antigen tests (RATs) available across the district, most collection sites in the country

Saturday 12 March 2022

Southerners have more options for accessing rapid antigen tests than anywhere else in the country, with collection sites throughout the district. We have current collection sites listed the WellSouth web siteFrom Stewart Island to Oamaru, there are 50 locations across Southland and Otago where residents can pick up...

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Covid Infections: Most people will be able to self-manage at home. Support and care is available for people, particularly those who most need medical care

Thursday 24 February 2022

While Covid cases are rising across the country, and faster in Southern than many other places, WellSouth medical director Dr Carol Atmore says that residents and students should be assured the majority of people who get Covid will be able to safely self-manage at home and that health care and...

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