Eileen Goodwin

No basis for bleak economic view: PM

No basis for bleak economic view: PM

It was easy to talk down the local economy, but the evidence did not back it up, Prime Minister John Key told Scott Technology workers in Dunedin yesterday.

SDHB supports Cook Islands nursing

A visit to Rarotonga to help nurses there may be the start of a long-term support relationship between the Southern District Health Board and Cook Islands nursing.

More seek help earlier

People who fear they have Alzheimer's disease are increasingly seeking help earlier in the course of the illness, Alzheimer's Society Otago manager Julie Butler says.

'Limited future', but Paul has high hopes

'Limited future', but Paul has high hopes

Leukaemia sufferer Paul Highton says nothing more can be done for him medically, and is blunt about his ''limited future''.

Smoker assistance sought

Patients compelled to stop smoking must have a high level of intervention and support when they leave Wakari Hospital, Southern District Health Board member Richard Thomson says.

Fertility service outsourcing taken off agenda

A discussion on the fate of the Otago Fertility Service was taken off the agenda of this week's Southern District Health Board meeting.

Vote for full smoking ban

Vote for full smoking ban

Locked-in Wakari Hospital mental health patients will no longer be exempt from Southern District Health Board's smoking ban, the board's hospital advisory committee decided yesterday.

Smoking policy 'not tenable'

Allowing mental health patients to smoke on hospital grounds suggests to them they are second-class citizens whose health does not matter, a staff proposal to a Southern District Health Board committee says.

Hospital sorry for failings

Dunedin Hospital has apologised to the Otago Association for Deaf Children for ignoring its concerns about audiology failings.

Cannabis laws not helping - health workers

The legal status of cannabis puts a ''massive block'' between client and clinician, Pact mental health clinical leader Matthew Peppercorn told a cannabis public forum at Dunedin Hospital.