Eileen Goodwin

Southern PHO reviewing need for advisory groups

The Southern Primary Health Organisation is reviewing the role of three advisory groups which cost about $170,000 a year.

Report stays secret

The Southern District Health Board has refused to release a report it commissioned that identified $30 million in health savings.

'Hidden waiting list' longer in South

'Hidden waiting list' longer in South

A "hidden waiting list" of elective surgery patients is three times as long in the South as the national average, Prof Jean-Claude Theis said in his inaugural professorial lecture last night.

IT issue skews surgery data

The Southern District Health Board says a national league table showing it in last place for elective surgery is not a true picture.

Breast cancer sessions under 'time pressure'

Breast cancer sessions under 'time pressure'

Multidisciplinary meetings (MDM) of clinicians discussing breast cancer cases in Dunedin were "under considerable time pressure", and dealt with too many cases per session, a report into an unnecessary mastectomy says.

Potential big home-carer pay claim as advice supports paid travel time

The home-care provider sector could be hit with a big pay claim after legal advice stating carers should be paid for travel time between jobs.

Mercy hospital volunteers

Mercy hospital volunteers

Mercy Hospital, in Dunedin, is the first private hospital in New Zealand to start reporting its mistakes to the Government's Health Quality and Safety Commission (HQSC), chief executive Richard Whitney says.

Hospitals 'safer', report suggests

Hospitals 'safer', report suggests

Reported instances of harm in Southern District Health Board hospitals are down 25%, a sign its hospitals have become safer, the board says.

Revolution in cardiac treatment recalled at opening

Revolution in cardiac treatment recalled at opening

Hit by a "massive" heart attack at the age of just 37, Dunedin woman June Gold was told her life had changed for good and there were some things she would never do again.

Researcher returns from Africa sabbatical

Researcher returns from Africa sabbatical

Returning to the continent where his father was shot by rebels in the mid-1960s was a "personal journey" for Dunedin paediatrician Prof Barry Taylor.