District Health Boards have given us an assurance that patients are being discharged from hopspital using the correct procedures. Unfortunately from the information we are receiving this is not the case.

Jo Millar would like to hear from members that the discharge from hospital is not being done correctly. We would like to know if this is a widespread problem or only pertaining to certain District Health Boards.
Jo does not need names. The only information that is required is which hospital, time of discharge, if the patient was kept fully informed whilst in hospital care either in a ward or the emergency department.

Please supply the information to Wendy at the following email address by the end of February 2018

wendy@greypowermarlborough.co.nz and it will be passed onto Jo who is the Chair of the Health Advisory Group


​As you may be aware, since May 2015 the Grey Power Federation has asked Pharmac several times if it could provide the shingles vaccine, Zostavax at no cost to older people.

Therefore, we now welcome the good news from Janet mcKay Pharmac's Manager, Implementation Programmes, that the shingles vaccine will be available free from general practices from 1 April 2018 for people aged 65 years and that those who are eligible will be able to receive the shingles and influenza vaccines at the same time if they wish.

There will also be a catch-up programme which will allow people aged between 66 and 80 years to get access to the funded shingles vaccine. This will run until March 2010.

About one in three people get shingles. Shingles is an infection that's caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox virus. Anyone who has previosly had chickenpoz may subsequently develop shingles, and the incidence tends to be proportionally higher for seniors. 

​Symptoms include burning, sharp pain, tingling or numbness of the skin, a rash, a fever, chills, a headache and an upset stomach. Attacks can be very painful, prolonged and debilitating, especially for older people. Shingles can also be life-changing as some patients don't recover to the point where they're well enough to return to independent living.

Phone numbers for Marlborough Community Services

Urgent Care Centre
Wairau Hospital Campus
​8.00am- 8.00pm daily
​Phone 03 5206377

Urgent 111, Non urgent 579 4870

After Hours Chemist,
Springlands Pharmacy 9am - 6pm 7 days a week Phone 578 2271

Diabetes Marlborough Inc,
Office hours 9am - 3pm Monday until Thursday Phone 577 5549
​Nurse 1pm - 5pm Wednesday. 8.30am - 5pm Thursday and Friday Phone 520 6200 (Mary)

​0800 54 3354. 24 hour helpline

Marlborough Women's Refuge, Rape and Sexual Abuse Resource Centre.
Crisis line, Phone Wairau Hosptial 520 9999 for Women's refuge contact numbers.
Alcoholics Anonymous.
Rose 577 7651, Harvey 578 8125

Victims support.
0800VICTIM (0800 842 846)

Help for families and friends of alcoholics. Phone Margaret 578 4690 or Aley 021 434 117

Alzheimers Society Marlborough
​577 6172, 8 Wither road. Open Monday - Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm

Hospital Visiting Hours
​Wairau Hospital. Daily 11.30am - 7.30pm. Children under 12 may visit parents only.
Maternity Ward 10am - noon and 4pm - 7pm
​Children's ward 10am - 8pm. Visiting at all times is subject to the discretion of the nurse in charge of the ward

Marlborough Lupus Support
​For more information phone Katrina 572 4333 or 021 502 451

​​Picton Community Services

​Phone weekend doctor 573 6092
Picton Healthcare Pharmacy phone 573 6420
Monday - Friday 8.30am - 5.30pm
Saturday 9am - 2pm
Queen Charlotte Pharmacy 573 7927
​Saturday 9am - 1pm