Eileen Goodwin

PHO rejects criticism of e-referral system

A controversially tendered electronic referral system used by many GP practices has been defended by the Southern Primary Health Organisation.

Tuatapere Centre's safety defended

Tuatapere Centre's safety defended

Reported comments by Southern District Health Board deputy chairman Paul Menzies have angered Tuatapere residents trying to save the town's maternity centre.

Marmite-lovers urged to ration stocks

Marmite-lovers urged to ration stocks

Marmite supplies are on a knife-edge, and lovers of the spread are being urged to ration their use as supermarkets run low on stock.

Gastro centre partnership unlikely

The Southern District Health Board is no longer confident of partnering the University of Otago in funding a gastrointestinal diseases centre development, although the university remained key to establishing the centre of excellence, DHB chief operating officer (Otago) Vivian Blake says.

$24m hospital work in full swing

$24m hospital work in full swing

Multiple construction sites in progress at Dunedin Hospital are like "a big decanting jigsaw", Southern District Health Board facilities and site development manager Warren Taylor says.

Failing may mean mass re-screening

Failing may mean mass re-screening

Thousands of women might need to be rescreened if failings are found at Southern District Health Board's breast screening programme, which is under urgent review, after a clinical audit revealed possible delays in cancer diagnosis.

Project's aim to help on-call GPs

Rural GPs providing on-call services 24 hours a day will be helped by a Southern Primary Health Organisation initiative, PHO chief executive Ian Macara says.

Possible cancer diagnosis delays

An internal audit into the Southern District Health Board's breast screening programme had identified possible delays in diagnosing breast cancer in 28 women over a three-year period, Ministry of Health chief medical officer Dr Don Mackie said.

Health board, trust at odds

Health board, trust at odds

It is "disappointing" a Southland maternity centre is vowing to stay open when its contract with Southern District Health Board expires at the end of the month, DHB deputy chairman Paul Menzies, of Invercargill, says.

Vitamin D deficiency risk in South

Vitamin D deficiency risk in South

People living in the South might be deficient in vitamin D by the end of the winter if they have not had enough sun exposure, a joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the Cancer Society says.