Eileen Goodwin

Ninth operating theatre means more surgery time

Ninth operating theatre means more surgery time

Dunedin Hospital's ninth operating theatre is expected to increase available surgical time by 40 hours a week, the Southern District Health Board says.

Proposal for more charter flights fails to take off

An internal report's recommendation to increase chartered flights between Invercargill and Dunedin to cope with increased travel demands was declined because of cost, the Southern District Health Board says.

Saturday work is clearing backlog

Saturday work is clearing backlog

Dunedin Hospital is performing colonoscopies on Saturdays to clear the backlog.

Diabetes funding welcomed but aged care not enough, critics say

Despite health getting the biggest funding increase in yesterday's Budget, critics warn some important areas are not receiving enough money.

Nurse censured for abuse incidents

Nurse censured for abuse incidents

A former Wakari Hospital mental health nurse has been censured for verbally abusing patients, and inappropriately touching one of them.

Ross Home's use of restraint showed 'systemic failures'

Restraining an 85-year-old dementia sufferer several times in 2010 indicated systemic failures at Dunedin's Ross Home and Hospital, deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Theo Baker has found.

Change would not affect new meal ordering system

A new electronic patient meal ordering system in Southern District Health Board hospitals will still be used if hospital food preparation is centralised to Christchurch, the board says.

Heart recipient lived period of grace to the full

Heart recipient lived period of grace to the full

The heart she was given allowed Veronica Ball another eight precious years of life, her grieving family said this week.

Nurse mentoring role highlighted

Nurse mentoring role highlighted

The crucial role mentors play helping new nurses fit in has been highlighted at Dunedin Hospital.

Refusing details explained

Concern health staff do not understand the implications of their views entering the public arena was behind a decision to withhold their details, the Southern District Health Board says.