Our People, Our Stories

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

What do you get when you cross a vegetable with education?

You get ‘vege-cation’ – a programme using gardening to start important conversations.

Read about vege-cation

Stemi care: Improving heart attack care

The STEMI treatment pathway developed by St John and Nelson Marlborough Health is now nationwide.

Read about the pathway

Maori Cancer Pathway Project

Cancer pathway aims to improve cancer outcomes for Maori.

Read about Andy's life-saving story

Helping hand to make homes healthier

The Warmer Healthier Homes project  is making Nelson homes easier to heat.

Read Jodie's story

Health Passport proves invaluable

When David went to hospital, his Health Passport helped ensure he received the best possible care.

Read David's story

Safer use of opioids

Opioid-induced constipation is distressing for patients, as Mr Minogue found out while recovering from a fall.

Read Mr Minogue's story

Health targets

 Health targets are a set of national measures designed by the Ministry of Health to improve the performance of health services.
They provide a focus for action.

(Data below from April - June 2017)

shorter stays1 Elective Surgery CancerTreatment Immunisation Smokers to Quit Raising Healthy Kids
95% achieved
Target 95%
105% achieved
Target 100%
85% achieved
Target 85%
90% achieved
Target 95%
89% achieved
Target 90%
74% achieved
Target 94%

What are Health Targets? Find out here. 

Our PeopleOur people

Nelson Marlborough Health provides a comprehensive health service across the Top of the South region, serving a population of nearly 145,000 and covering 227,000 square kilometres.

Read more about Our People.


Find out what happens each day at Nelson Marlborough Health

Quality and safety markers

The Health Quality and Safety Commission drives improvement in the safety and quality of New Zealand’s healthcare. Quality and safety markers help us to evaluate and determine whether we have achieved a desired change in practice and harm reduction.

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.