Eileen Goodwin

Trips not needed; it's all right here

Trips not needed; it's all right here

Dunedin woman Debbie Green was stunned to find she had travelled to Hamilton for a publicly-funded treatment that was available on her own doorstep.

Surgery wait time slammed

Surgery wait time slammed

An orthopaedic surgeon is speaking out in frustration over excessive waiting times faced by Otago hip and knee-replacement patients, and says the region is not clearing a backlog of cases.

Life's plain sailing with two new hips

Life's plain sailing with two new hips

Dunedin man Gordon Caley has two new hips, and it has changed his life. Barely able to walk earlier last year, the 80-year-old can now go sailing again.

Health academic welcomes new role

Leading part of the health sector, rather than just critiquing it, is a new-year challenge for Dunedin health academic Prof Robin Gauld.

Pacifists also deserving of recognition

Pacifists also deserving of recognition

World War 1 centenary celebrations start in 2014. A Dunedin-based group is determined pacifist Archibald Baxter and other conscientious objectors are not forgotten. Eileen Goodwin spoke to those involved.

Linkin hearing clearly thanks to implant

Linkin hearing clearly thanks to implant

Father Christmas visited the Soal family early this year, son Linkin having his new cochlear implant switched on last week.

Dual roles for Butterfield

The Timaru-based chairman of the Southern District Health Board will also head a new-look hospital advisory committee, it has been confirmed.

Retirement marks end of era

Retirement marks end of era

When he sold the last of his Jersey Benne potatoes on Saturday, it was the end of an era for Otago Farmers Market founding member Ray Goddard.

Aiming for the Globe

Aiming for the Globe

With his sights set on a ''once in a lifetime'' opportunity to perform at Shakespeare's Globe theatre, in London, Matthew Scadden spent a wet Saturday morning busking at the Otago Farmers Market.

Claim ACC ignoring surgical costs

The public health system should be clawing back all of the money it spends on surgery performed on patients whose claims are later accepted by ACC, Dunedin ACC lawyer Peter Sara says.