Weekly Wednesday 5 September 2018

New appointments to Waikato and Counties Manukau DHBs

Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced new appointments to the Waikato and Counties Manukau District Health Boards.

Current chair of Bay of Plenty DHB Sally Webb has been appointed chair of Waikato DHB, while former Speaker of the House and law professor Margaret Wilson will bring valuable legal insight to her role as deputy chair.

“No one should underestimate the task of governance in our public health service. DHB members play a vital role overseeing the delivery of health services to New Zealanders. Read more...

Living with a Disfigurement

Robin_for_webYour self-image is your mental picture of how you look. Your self-esteem and sense of identity factor into this self-image, and your face is one of the most important part of how you picture yourself and how others see you. But what happens when your face changes? Cancer treatment can result in dramatic changes to how you look, feel and even function. For many head and neck cancer patients whose faces change significantly during treatment, adjusting to their new appearance and/or impaired ability to eat or communicate is one of the most traumatic parts of their emotional journey. Read more...

New Northland cancer clinic opens tomorrow

Northland cancer patients can now access private cancer treatment closer to home as the first private cancer treatment clinic opens tomorrow in Whangarei.

The Canopy Cancer Care clinic will offer a wide range of cancer services delivered by a dedicated team of local oncologists.

Canopy Chief Executive Ben Harman said the new clinic enables patients who live in the Northland region to access their treatment locally and removes the lengthy journey that many are currently making to Auckland.

“Patients shouldn’t have to travel huge distances to access their cancer care which is why it was so important to establish a clinic in Whangarei,” Mr Harman said.

“For many patients, the long journey and time away from family and friends while they are being treated for cancer is really hard. We believe this new clinic will make a huge difference to local patients and their families for many years to come.”

Northland DHB Chief Executive, Dr Nick Chamberlain said that they welcome the establishment of Canopy Cancer Care in Whangarei. Read more...

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