Extra nursing staff, a new ward soon to open and extra emergency department seats are amongst initiatives announced by Waikato District Health Board to help cope with ED pressure.
The New Zealand Herald reports official information statistics showing hospital staff around the country have reported more than 12,500 attacks by patients and visitors since 2012.
A controversial proposal to shift Marlborough's district nurses out of the hospital and into the town centre has been endorsed by an independent review. The review also found that district nurses across the Top of the South were showing signs of "being overworked and understaffed" with stress levels high and morale low.
A long awaited knowledge and skills framework has been launched recognising the public health nurse's broad and varied role from treating a child's sore throat to responding to public health emergencies.
Agreeable extroverts are more likely to be highly satisfied with their health care, according to a study published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal. But the study also found that non- Pākehā New Zealanders lower satisfaction rates with healthcare was due to other factors than psychological or demographic characteristics.