Eileen Goodwin

SDHB to consider recommendation

SDHB to consider recommendation

The Southern District Health Board has agreed to consider the Ombudsman's view that it should consult the public before controversial decisions, but it was difficult to ''second guess'' the circumstances when that would be required, chairman Joe Butterfield told board members this week.

Rural health services review

Rural health services review

The Southern District Health Board has commissioned a high-level review of its rural hospital and health network to underpin moves to offer more services in outlying areas.

Surge in surgery, ED patients of concern

Surge in surgery, ED patients of concern

Increases in both urgent surgery and emergency department patient numbers prompted concern at a Southern District Health Board hospital committee meeting in Dunedin yesterday.

'Delight' over letter to board

'Delight' over letter to board

New Ombudsman Prof Ron Paterson has sent a powerful message to Southern District Health Board, in stating it should consult on controversial decisions such as starting a termination service, Southlanders for Life spokesman Fr Vaughan Leslie said yesterday.

Restoration efforts impress gasworks museum patron

Restoration efforts impress gasworks museum patron

Heritage restoration seems to have a renewed energy in Dunedin, heritage historian and Dunedin Gasworks Museum patron Sir Neil Cossons says.

Ministry talks on Ashburn

The Ministry of Health says it needs to hear from Ashburn Clinic, in Dunedin, before forming a view of the private psychiatric hospital's situation.

Retirement after 46 years' nursing

Retirement after 46 years' nursing

Amity Health Centre practice nurse Patsy Bennett (65) celebrates her last day of work yesterday after 46 years nursing, the last 22 years at the medical practice in Highgate, Dunedin.

Farewell to 'anti-bullying' tree

Farewell to 'anti-bullying' tree

Greta Mutch (8) prepares to farewell her ''anti-bullying tree'' in Opoho Park, Dunedin.

Candidates address issue of healthy housing

Candidates address issue of healthy housing

Health boards have little influence over the health of the population, and representatives who think they will change things fail to realise the Minister of Health is in charge, Southern District Health Board candidate Richard Thomson told a forum in Dunedin yesterday.

Fund boost could address free GP service's loss

A monthly financial loss sustained by free Dunedin GP clinic Servants Health Centre could be addressed by a funding boost announced yesterday.