Drop in clinics are coming to Hawke’s Bay to tackle rheumatic fever.


Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says 75 new free drop-in sore throat clinics are now up and running in Waikato and Northland, and a further 55 clinics will soon be opening.

"The Government has invested more than $65 million to prevent rheumatic fever. A range of initiatives are making a difference, but there is more work to be done," says Dr Coleman.

"Targeted drop-in clinics in general practices, secondary schools and pharmacies offer easy access to free effective care for high risk children and young adults.

"There are now 202 drop-in clinics in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Rotorua, Gisborne/East Coast, Porirua and the Hutt Valley. More drop-in clinics will also be opening in the coming months inHawke’s Bay.

"This will mean that more than 200,000 young people in high-risk areas will have access to prompt assessment and treatment for sore throats."

More than 14,800 children most at risk of developing rheumatic fever have had their sore throat checked at a drop-in clinic in the past year.

This is in addition to the children being assessed and treated through the school-based programme which operates in over 200 North Island schools.

The latest figures on rheumatic fever released in February show a 14 per cent decrease in first episode rheumatic fever hospitalisations since the target was introduced in 2012.

Hawke's Bay hospital field complaints over lack of care.


The Hawke's Bay District Health Board have been forced to defend themselves following a number of complaints over the way a man was treated at the hospitals emergency department.

Several bystanders say they were forced to help a man who was believed to be suffering a heart attack, while hospital staff ignored him.

Witness's say the overweight man needed to be helped from his vehicle and escorted into Hawke's Bay Hospital after his neighbour, who had driven him, entered the building and pleaded for help.

They say hospital staff only approached the man to ask him to fill out some paperwork despite him screaming for help and clutching his chest.

A spokesperson for the hospital however said the man had been treated appropriately and was within the department in 10 minutes.

The man is now in a stable condition in hospital.

A busy Saturday for the Hawke’s Bay rescue helicopter crew.


Saturday was a busy day for the Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter crew. At around 10am a 35 year old male had to be airlifted to Hawke’s Bay Regional Hospital after he fell down a steep bluff while hunting. The man sustained back and chest injuries from his fall near Tarawera.

The rescue helicopter crew were then called to Elsthorpe after a 46 year old man fell from his motorbike during an organised trail ride. He sustained ankle and back injuries and was flown to Hawke’s Bay Regional Hospital for further treamtment.

The busy day continued for the Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter crew who initially responded to a 28 year old male with a dislocated knee suffered while playing rugby at Porangahau.  Whilst flying back to Hawke’s Bay Regional Hospital the rescue helicopter crew were redirected to airlift an 18 year male with breathing difficulties at Hertbertville.  Both men were flown to Hawke’s Bay Regional Hospital for further treatment. 

Hawke's Bay Hospital is at capacity.


Hawke’s Bay Hospital is operating at capacity and anyone presenting to its Emergency Department (ED) with minor injuries or illnesses can expect to wait a significant time as staff prioritise emergency patients.

The hospital busyness is due to people with a variety of trauma and medical conditions presenting, while at the same time there were patients needing long hospital stays.

Acting Chief Operating Officer Rika Hentschel said with Easter approaching, a traditionally busy time for ED, people in the community should make sure they had prescriptions such as asthma inhalers up-to-date and filled so they didn’t get themselves into an emergency situation over the long weekend.

Mrs Hentschel stressed that people should not wait before seeking help from their doctor as often a visit to the doctor, early enough, could prevent someone needing emergency care and a hospital stay.

Hawke's Bay DHB investigates hospital power outage.


The Hawke's Bay District Health Board (DHB) have launched an investigation into why parts of the Hawke's Bay Hospital were left without power last Saturday.

Between 11.45am and 1.04pm the hospital suffered intermittent power loss believed to have been caused by a faulty switch.

Some staff in darker parts of the hospital were forced to use torches and the light from their phones  to treat patients.

The DHB said all lifesaving equipment continued operating successfully through independent battery power however electronic patient boards and computers were unable to be used.


The Hawke's Bay DHB look towards creating a more culturally diverse workforce.



The Hawke's Bay District Health Board (DHB) say they are continuing to work towards creating a more culturally diverse workforce following an increase in Maori employees.

Maori in the DHB workforce has increased by around 1% over the past year and it is hoped that the extra employees will help to engage Maori through a more representative workforce.

The DHB say they will continue to promote the recruitment of Maori and will look at using their networks to promote roles to Maori.

Although there are a large number of Maori nursing graduates the DHB say it has been difficult to recruit Maori staff with many choosing to move out of the area.


A motorcyclist received critical injuries following a crash in Hastings.


Police were forced to close an area off between York, Maraekakaho and Wilson Roads in Hastings yesterday after a motorcycle collided with a utility vehicle at around 5 pm.

The rider of the motorcycle (a man aged 48 years) was taken to HB hospital in a critical condition.

Police are now investigating the cause of the crash. 

Hawkes Bay recovery-based programmes thrive in the community.


Mental Health recovery-based programmes, previously under the control of the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board (HBDHB), continue to thrive under the leadership of Te Taiwhenua O Heretaunga (TTOH) and Whatever It Takes (WIT).

One of the earliest changes in the current and ongoing transformation of the Mental Health Service inHawke’s Bay, the transfer of recovery-based programmes from HBDHB control to Non-Governmental Organisations has been up and running for nearly two months.

While they are currently being run from the DHB’s venues, Walnut Grove (Hastings) and Jacaranda House (Napier), Te Taiwhenua O Heretaunga have already changed the name of their programme on the corner of Lyndon Rd and Nelson St, Hastings to Te Puawaitanga (The Blooming). Whatever It Takes are also working on a name change for Jacaranda House through consultation with their consumers.

TTOH General Manager and Clinical Psychologist Luke Rowe said, "While our course delivery is based on a Kaupapa Maori Model, the values are universal. We haven’t lost clients - more than 40 are accessing the various programmes over the week.

"The transformation of mental health services in tandem with the mental health rebuild is all about destigmatisation - getting people back into, and functioning within the community. Our programme is in line with that."

Te Puawaitanga is supervised by Day Programme Co-ordinator Marcelle Raheke and Occupational Therapist Esmarie Matthee, and features various workshops as well as one-to-one sessions.

"We would like to steer Tangata Whaiora (service users) to be called Tauira (students) as they attend Te Puawaitanga Whare - The House of Learning," Marcelle says. "We want to help them become self-managers as they live the journey with long term conditions.

"As evidence of the importance of the recovery workshops/programmes our Tauira have volunteered their time to help support the literacy and numeracy, to provide contracted art tutoring, and currently a Tauira is studying at EIT to become a social worker."

From their base on the corner of Kennedy Rd and Vigor Brown St in Napier, Whatever It Takes three part-time staff - Recovery-Based Programme Co-Ordinator Tracy Courtney, and social workers Andrea Blackler and Tania Gray - run a similar service.

"We’ve got 25 people accessing our services," Tracy says. "It will only grow bigger and better.

"We offer a range of assessments and therapeutic groups to assist in identifying goals that strengthen, enhance and assist recovery, community integration and participation. It’s a safe, fun and challenging environment which recognises that the recovery journey for each individual is unique.

"Like Te Taiwhenua O Heretaunga we support people to become as independent as possible, knowing that the need for our service might come and go."

The recovery-based programmes are for people who are receiving mental health services in Hawke’s Bay and are actively working on their recovery. The goal is for people to attend for a limited time until they are able to progress to the next stage of their recovery. They can be referred by Community Mental Health and Addiction Services, their GP or by self-referral.

The two centres offer a wide range of workshops including cultural, educational and a variety of daily living skills, sport and recreation, arts and crafts, music and performance.

The intention is that similar programmes will be offered in Napier and Hastings, with both evolving over the coming months as the people attending them provide feedback. That will allow the programmes to be developed in a way that those using them find most helpful.

This process is known as co-design and is being used in all Mental Health Service developments.

Te Puawaitanga

Cnr Lyndon Rd and Nelson St, Hastings

Open Monday, Tuesday 10am-3pm; Wednesday 9am-3.30pm; Thursday 10am-3.30pm; Friday 12.30pm-2pm (social drop-in coffee club)

Phone: 06 876 7185

Whatever It Takes

Cnr Kennedy Rd and Vigor Brown St, Napier

Open Tuesday, Wednesday 9.30am-2.30pm; Thursday 9.30am-12.30pm

Phone: 06 835 2154

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