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Dr Phil Wood is to head Waikato Hospital's clinical units. Read more.
Sue Hayward bustles into her office at Waikato Hospital with an air of urgency and focus. Her office is tidy, which illustrates well that Hayward, Waikato District Health Board's director of nursing and midwifery since 2008, as a well-organised professional. Read more about how Sue Hayward is a nursing leader making a difference.
Waikato Hospital nurse Sue King is passionate about pain management. She is now New Zealand's first pain nurse practitioner able to prescribe medication for patients. Read more about Sue's journey from novice to nurse practitioner.
The phone call to Adam El Gamel saying he was on the short list for a clinical director's position at Waikato Hospital took one of the world's most experienced heart surgeons by surprise. Read more.
Waikato sexual health physician Jane Morgan identified youth access to alcohol and excessive drinking as a contributing factor to high rates of Chlamydia transmission in New Zealand. Dr Morgan told the Health Waikato Advisory Committee in April 2010 about a project she is leading for the Ministry of Health which aims to improve management of Chlamydia within the Waikato DHB region, and ultimately inform national strategy. Read more.
Waikato Hospital’s Opportunistic Immunisation Service coordinator Kim Hunter administered the service’s 1000th vaccination to six-month-old Bryan Shortland in May 2010. Read more.
Shameem Safih looks in control as all around him is chaotic. It's just another day in Waikato Hospital's emergency department. Read more.
The role was misunderstood when first introduced, but eight years to the day since New Zealand's first nurse practitioner (NP) was registered, the role is flourishing. Waikato Hospital-based neonatal nurse Deborah Harris made history when, as a 39 year old mother of three, she became the country's first nurse practitioner on 11 December 2001. Read more.
Two Waikato charities are the recipients of $12,500 each thanks to the “questionable” artistic talents of Waikato District Health Board staff. The hospital revue, In Flagrante Delicto (Caught in the Act), was on stage over three nights to sell-out crowds at Hamilton’s Clarence Street theatre in September. Read more.
Leigh Singers takes up the new position of Waikato Hospital nurse manager, operations from November 23, 2009. Read more. Meanwhile Suzanne lawes, who is passionate about nursing and the challenge it provides, is the new Waikato Hospital nursing director. Read more.
The nine-strong Waikato Hospital team in Samoa sent back blogs and pictures, during October 2009, for staff at Waikato Hospital and for their family and friends. Read more.
A Hamilton nurse who became the face of “I came back to nursing” and bowel cancer awareness campaigns, died on 1 September 2009 after a 16-month battle. Lorraine Stringer, 64, passed away at home. Read more.
The University of Auckland’s School of Medicine appointed Ian Campbell as an Associate Professor in Surgery in July 2009. A well-known breast surgeon in the Waikato, Ian Campbell has a proven track record in clinical research for improving breast cancer outcomes. Read more.
Grant Howard, group manager Waikato Hospital received the award for equal top graduating MBA students 2008 at Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) graduation in June 2009. Read more.
A 77-year-old Cambridge woman became the first person in New Zealand to get a new pacemaker system developed for use in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines. Read more.
Waikato Hospital is the first hospital in New Zealand to install an ultrasound technique which identifies potentially fatal liver disease and alleviates the need for painful biopsies. Clinical director of gastroenterology Dr Frank Weilert said in February 2009, the procedure will reduce the number of liver biopsies by 50-60 per cent at Waikato Hospital. Read more.
A large team of surgeons, theatre nurses, anaethetists and support staff worked on Saturday 29 November 2008 at Waikato Hospital - for free. They donated their skills and time to give a 28-year-old man from Papua New Guinea a fresh chance at a normal life in his community. Read more.
A pioneering new procedure at Waikato Hospital, which reduces the need for surgery, cuts the waiting time for diagnosis and reduces the length of time a patient spends in hospital, got a commendation at the 2008 Health Innovation Awards in Wellington. Read more.
Waikato Hospital's clinical director of cardiology Dr Gerry Devlin won the Medical Science award at the 2008 Kudos Awards ceremony in Hamilton. The award was for the research he is doing with AgResearch on heart attacks. Read more.
Second chance at Hawaii Ironman for Waikato nurse educator. Follow Sarah Walker's journey to the Kona Hawaii Ironman World Championship in October 2008. Read more.
Sri Lankan-born doctor Sanjeevan Pasupati has been wowing the New Zealand medical world, carrying out first-ever procedures at Waikato Hospital. But his father and long-time Te Kuiti doctor Jega, will never forget that it was the Te Kuiti community who gave him and his family an incentive to stay in the country. Read more.
Tokoroa nurse educator Julie Daltrey embarked on a first ever position for the Waikato District Health Board. Mrs Daltrey accepted Waikato DHB’s first clinical nurse specialist gerontology position in July 2008 - a facilitation and advocacy role for high standards of elderly care. Read more.
Silver Ribbon Gynaecology Clinical Nurse Specialist Stephanie Campbell-Wilson started the gynaecology cancer clinical nurse specialist role in August 2008. Read more.
Waikato District Health Board is taking the lead on the development of a new National Incident Management System project for all New Zealand DHBs. The project, which was launched in Wellington in early 2008, will see Waikato DHB, in conjunction with its partner Communio, develop a nationwide policy aimed at making hospitals even safer. Read more.