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 Published: 16/04/2014

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Published: 16/04/2014



Don't assume you're immune


Pregnant mums, make sure your iron is on the level
Women need iron more than ever when they're pregnant . Read more

Influenza immunisation

Local Hero
Show how much you appreciate one of the Auckland DHB Team by nominating them as a local hero. Read more


'This is the way that I want to die' – Advanced Care Planning

12 April 2014

A patient describes his thoughts after being diagnosed with a rare blood disorder and the importance of writing out an advanced care planning.

Auckland City Hospital neurologist Dr Barry Snow discusses how people facing death from a terminal illness tend to be happier and suffer less stress if they have fully discussed their end-of-life care. Read more here...



Road Closures in the Grafton area over Easter

11 April 2014

Wellesley Street East between Princes Street and the motorway off-ramps will be closed over Easter and ANZAC Day from 10pm, Thursday 17 April – 5am, Monday 28 April.   Wellesley Street East between Princes Street and motorway off-ramps will be closed. State Highway 1 off-ramp will be closed. State Highway 16 off-ramp will be restricted to a right hand turn only. Consider an alternative route and allow more time for your journey - especially for anyone heading to Auckland Hospital - to ensure you get to your destination on time and safely. See maps of closures here ....



Auckland and Waitemata DHB’s investment in their communities

4 April 2014

Providing quality care for our populations, patient safety and staff welfare are top priorities for Auckland and Waitemata DHBs. We continue to invest strongly in supporting these outcomes despite the financially challenging environment of recent years. Read full statement here...



Design for Health and Wellbeing

4 April 2014

The Design for Health and Wellbeing Lab (DHW Lab) is officially underway. This exciting new collaboration between Auckland DHB and Auckland University of Technology will use design to create better healthcare experiences.

The DHW Lab is unique in that has a physical space at Auckland City Hospital, which will allow AUT students and members of the Auckland DHB team to work closely together to combine design know how and healthcare expertise to come up with innovative solutions to deliver healthcare that is truly patient-centred.

Two research assistants/designers have been employed to help develop the design studio at Auckland City Hospital and they are already working on key, hospital-based design problems.  Rapid experimentation, prototyping and empathy will be at the foundation of all of the Lab’s work.

One of the current projects is focused on visualising a patient’s journey through the Adult Emergency Department to help patients and family to better understand what happens in their care pathway. Spin-off projects from this have included a simple 3D room sign for the ED patient rooms that responds to the issue of obscured and unclear room signage.

For regular project updates and Lab news, follow the DHW Lab blog at or follow them on Twitter @dhwlab. To find out more about the DHW Lab contact Dr Andrew Old or Justin Kennedy-Good


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