Staying Safe

Posted by Geraint Martin on 16 September 2011 |

Many of you will have heard about the tragic serious assault that took place on Hospital Road, opposite the Kidz First public carpark, on Wednesday evening this week. A female member of the public was seriously assaulted and Police have yet to identify and apprehend the attacker. Our thoughts are with the woman involved and her family at this distressing time.

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Achieving the Balance

Posted by Geraint Martin on 9 September 2011 |

In my two blog posts earlier this week I hinted at making a big announcement today about some major strategic changes CMDHB will be undertaking. I’m excited to be sharing news of these significant yet positive changes with you all.

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Celebrating Success

Posted by Geraint Martin on 7 September 2011 |

Recently the Ministry of Health has confirmed all district health board’s results against the six health targets for the final quarter of the 2010/2011 year. The performance of CMDHB was outstanding – we achieved five of the six targets and are closing very rapidly on the sixth (offering better help for smokers to quit). It is the best performance of a large DHB and one I hope you are all rightly proud of.

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An Immense Thank You

Posted by Geraint Martin on 5 September 2011 |

I’m breaking with convention this week and blogging on a Monday because I think the situation calls for it.

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I Can See Clearly Now

Posted by Geraint Martin on 5 August 2011 |

Last month I made the offer to shadow staff for two half days each month. It’s generated huge interest and I’m now booked till the end of the year. Even so, I’m leaving the offer open so it’s not too late for any of you to invite me along to your workplace.

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The Third Revolution

Posted by Geraint Martin on 29 July 2011 |

My career in healthcare started almost 30 years ago after I left university, where I’d been studying Modern History. It’s an unusual degree with which to embark on the career path I’ve taken but, though I’ve since done a Masters of Management and Health Policy, I still think history has its place. Thinking about where we have been can often provide a great perspective on the current challenges we face.

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The Arrival of Winter

Posted by Geraint Martin on 22 July 2011 |

Those of you who’ve seen me over the last couple of weeks may have realised that I’ve been suffering from a large dose of man flu – a man flu that doesn’t seem to want to go away despite my flu immunisation. At the same time I’ve noticed how many colleagues have been off or also suffering from the dreaded lurgy. All of which adds up to the realisation that winter is upon us, even if the weather doesn’t always feel like it.

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Looking Back and Going Forward

Posted by Geraint Martin on 15 July 2011 |

When I get the opportunity, I like to spend time simply walking around Middlemore. Recently I was doing just that with someone who hadn’t been there for a year or two. They were astonished at how far MMH had come, in terms of the hospital’s facilities, in such a short period of time.

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Starting a Two-Way Conversation

Posted by Geraint Martin on 8 July 2011 |

I’m delighted to have had lots of feedback about this blog since I revived it a month ago, with people across the organisation commenting on its content and style, and, most pleasing of all, taking me up on my offer to shadow staff for two half days each month (Come Fly With Me, July 1 2011). Soon I’ll be shadowing staff in our Ophthalmology Department and taking a closer look at what their roles involve. Thanks to those who invited me along – I look forward to spending time with you soon. The invitation – to have me shadow you or to shadow me as CEO – will remain open to everyone in the organisation. Just send me an email – – I’m always open to hearing from you.

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Come Fly With Me

Posted by Geraint Martin on 1 July 2011 |

This week I have three challenges for you…

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