Nelson Marlborough Health

Our people, our stories

These patient stories and healthcare initiatives provide a snapshot of some of the great work undertaken within Nelson Marlborough Health.

New programme supports cancer patients

The Kia Ora – E te iwi programme (KOETI) is an educational and support programme for Maori with cancer.
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Cochlear implants make listening fun

Each year around 170 babies are born in New Zealand with mild to profound permanent congenital hearing loss.

Extending a warm welcome

In 2018, a new induction process was put in place to help improve the experience for new staff.

Ending PJ Paralysis for patients

Patients get out of PJs and into their own clothes.
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Keeping track of patients’ travel

Changes improve communication and continuity for patient travel arrangements.
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Guardrails’ safety upgrade for IV pumps

IV pump safety net reduces medication errors.
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Quality and safety markers

Falls prevention

This measures our rate of assessing older patients’ risk of falling.



Hand hygiene

Good hand hygiene prevents healthcare-related infections. This measures compliance with five hand cleansing moments: before patient contact; before a procedure; after a procedure; after patient contact; and after contact with patient surroundings.