Eileen Goodwin

SDHB chooses Australian provider

SDHB chooses Australian provider

An Australian-owned, Auckland-based organisation has secured one of three contracts to provide home-based services for elderly people in the South.

SDHB seeks finance person with 'savvy'

A person adept at avoiding ''land mines'' is sought to lead the Southern District Health Board to financial health.

Whooping cough caution

The Ministry of Health is encouraging people gathering for the festive season to protect babies from whooping cough. New Zealand is in the middle of a whooping cough outbreak, with more than 6700 cases since August 2011. Babies are the most vulnerable, and could catch the disease from siblings, parents, family members and friends.

Contract shock for PSO

Contract shock for PSO

Presbyterian Support Otago (PSO) has suffered a ''huge shock'' from being dumped as the provider of a $5.5 million annual contract providing home-based services to older people, chief executive Gillian Bremner says.

Vending machines before art

Vending machines before art

An art print in Dunedin Hospital has been ''obliterated'' by vending machines ''plonked'' either side, art advisory committee acting chairwoman Barbara Brinsley says.

Fundraising for young stroke victims

Fundraising for young stroke victims

There is little support for young people who suffer a life-changing stroke, says survivor Maria Fredatovich.

After-hours care report discussed

It feels as if the Southern District Health Board is going ''around in circles'' trying to find a solution to after-hours medical care, a board member says.

Sister-city links at heart of exhibition

Sister-city links at heart of exhibition

An exhibition opened at the Dunedin Chinese Garden yesterday celebrating the sister city relationship with Shanghai.

Health board budget targets savings

The Southern District Health Board now has an agreed 2012-13 budget which contains ''waste reduction and savings initiatives'', a report to the board says.

Long ED waits caused by ward admissions

Long ED waits caused by ward admissions

Nearly three-quarters of patients who waited longer than six hours in the Dunedin Hospital emergency department in October were admitted to wards, new figures show.