Eileen Goodwin

Good things all round for midwives' day

Good things all round for midwives' day

Newborn Matilda Corrie, held by Dunedin midwife Cheryl Smith, and her mother, Tracey Woodford, were presented with a storybook to mark International Day of the Midwife at the Queen Mary Maternity Centre in Dunedin yesterday.

Trophy fails flight rules

Trophy fails flight rules

It seems trophies can be also be weapons, in the view of airline security.

Complaints change

The Southern District Health Board has overhauled the way it deals with patient complaints.

Concerns about coronial services

The Iwi Governance Committee has ''strong views'' on the possible outcomes of a Ministry of Justice coronial services shake-up, Southern District Health Board member Sandra Cook said yesterday.

Board thanks executive

Board thanks executive

Departing planning and funding head Robert Mackway-Jones has been credited with improving the Southern District Health Board's relationships with the public, as the board farewells the long-standing executive.

Aged facility rules for fire 'a nonsense'

Aged facility rules for fire 'a nonsense'

New fire safety rules for aged residential care facilities are ''a nonsense'' that could trigger full fire safety upgrades when an alteration is carried out, New Zealand Aged Care Association Otago Southland board member Malcolm Hendry says.

Thomson queries prescription issue

Thomson queries prescription issue

The wisdom of doling out hundreds of pills at a time was questioned by a Southern District Health Board member yesterday.

Health boards to share planner

The Southern District Health Board will share another health board's planning executive for nine months while it reviews the role being vacated by Robert Mackway-Jones.

Dialysis challenges outlined

Dialysis challenges outlined

Poor access to surgery forces the renal service into a ''vicious cycle'' in which patients are not always prepared surgically for home dialysis, which then pressures hospital services, Dunedin Hospital nephrologist Dr John Schollum said yesterday.

New theatre may cut waiting times

A new operating theatre opening next week at Dunedin Hospital should reduce waiting times for elective surgery, the Southern District Health Board says.