Nelson Marlborough Public Health

Do you live in Tahunanui and want to have your say on a change to the liquor license at The Ocean Lodge Hotel?

Local residents are invited to give feedback on the Hotel’s liquor licence applications. 


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Shellfish biotoxin alert: All of Pelorus Sound, Marlborough Sounds

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has issued an extension to the public health warning advising the public not to collect or consume shellfish harvested from Crail Bay in Marlborough Sounds.

The extension now applies to the entire Pelorus Sound area including its arms to the east and west, up to a line at the entrance from Paparoa to Culdaff Point.

Routine tests on shellfish samples taken from this region have shown levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxins above the safe limit of 0.8 mg/kg set by MPI. Anyone eating shellfish from this area is potentially at risk of illness.

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Shellfish biotoxin alert: Crail Bay, Marlborough Sounds

The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has issued a shellfish biotoxin alert for Crail Bay, Marlborough Sounds.

Mussels, oysters, tuatua, pipi, toheroa, cockles, scallops, catseyes, kina (sea urchin) and all other bivalve shellfish should not be eaten.

Note: Cooking shellfish does not remove the toxin, which can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning.

 


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Waitangi Weekend

This Waitangi Weekend there will be no local updates on the January Omicron Cluster.

The Ministry of Health will continue to report any confirmed cases in the Nelson Marlborough region. These updates can be found on the Unite Against COVID-19 website. 

Why not use this long weekend to make sure your whānau and friends are prepared for Omicron? 

  1. Check your vaccinations are up-to-date. Stadium vaccination centers are available in Nelson and Blenheim this weekend. The team at BookMyVaccine are able to answer your vaccination questions and help you book an appointment online or on the phone 0800 28 29 26. Or check out the Healthpoint website for a range of venues and times. 
  2. Prepare your household with this handy checklist and step-by-step guide from the Unite Against COVID-19 website.
  3. Keep an eye on the Locations of Interest and know where to go to get a test. Locations of interest are updated regularly on the Ministry of Health website. There are currently locations of interest across Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough. Testing stations can be found on the Healthpoint website.

The Communications team will be back onboard from Tuesday 8 February. 


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Shellfish biotoxin alert: Grove Arm, Marlborough Sounds

The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has issued a shellfish biotoxin alert for Grove Arm, Marlborough Sounds.

Mussels, oysters, tuatua, pipi, toheroa, cockles, scallops, catseyes, kina (sea urchin) and all other bivalve shellfish should not be eaten.

Cooking shellfish does not remove the toxin, which can cause diarrhetic shellfish poisoning.

Refer to the MPI advisory for full information and a map of the affected area.


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Public health advice for people returning home after flood evacuations

The Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service has issued advice for people affected by flooding and severe weather on 16 and 17 July. 

This includes how to ensure your drinking water is safe, how to prevent the spread of disease, sewerage disposal, food safety, feeding babies during an emergency and how to cope with stress and anxiety. 

Boil water notices: As at 8am, Friday 23 July there are boil water notices in place for Wairau Valley and Awatere (rural water customers). Boil water notices for Brightwater, Hope, Eighty Eight Valley, Tapawera and Pōhara Valley have been lifted.


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RSV and other viruses: Please do not visit patients in hospital if you are unwell

Nelson Marlborough, like other regions in New Zealand, is experiencing an increase in respiratory illness amongst pre-school aged children and infants.

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is one of the causes of illness that has been identified. RSV is a common virus that affects all age groups but is especially severe for infants less than one year old, for older people and people who are immunocompromised. It is very infectious and can easily pass from person to person through coughing and sneezing. 

To help protect our vulnerable patients, and also our staff, from catching RSV we:

  • have closed maternity wards, children's wards and special care baby units to visitors (excluding a child's immediate caregiver)
  • ask people not to visit patients in any ward in our hospitals if they have cold or flu symptoms
  • ask people with outpatient appointments to phone before their appointment if they are unwell, for advice about what to do
  • ask people who have to be in our hospitals to take precautions if they are unwell: ask for a face mask during your visit, sanitise your hands, wash your hands thoroughly before entering the hospital and try to avoid touching too many things.

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Supporting the transition from hospital to home for those affected by stroke

Returning to life at home after a stroke can be a challenging and daunting experience for everyone involved. The H2H seminars help stroke survivors and their families make the transition.


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Food safety warning: Cook raw mussels before eating

New Zealand Food Safety is warning consumers to thoroughly cook mussels before eating following two people reportedly becoming sick from Vibrio parahaemolyticus in the Nelson-Tasman region. 

People with low immunity, pregnant, or elderly should avoid eating raw or undercooked shellfish as the illness can be more severe.


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Why water is the ultimate sports drink

As the official health partner with the Tasman Mako, Nelson Marlborough Health wishes all players and coaches a great rugby season. To help you stay top of your game, for all sports, Mako players and local tamariki have made a fun little video about why water is the ultimate sports drink.

With JAB and age-grade rugby season starting in two weeks, make your team a water-only team. Ditch the sugary drinks and fill your own water bottle from the tap. Add some ice or a slice of lemon if you like, and fuel your body like the pros.


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