Eileen Goodwin

40-week wait for routine MRI scan

Dunedin Hospital patients are now waiting up to 40 weeks for a routine MRI scan, with efforts to reduce wait times mostly yet to bear fruit.

Rural practice funding changes could help Ranfurly

Ranfurly Medical Centre could benefit from a proposed tightening of the funding formula used for rural practices, practice manager Dianne Byrne says.

Software lets boards and staff 'sort it out together'

Arguments between unions and district health boards over how many nurses hospitals need could be eliminated by new software that shows what patients need, the director of a unit that oversees the system says.

Objectors misguided, Cook says

Many of the more than 13,000 people who signed a petition calling for the Southern District Health Board to reinstate two dropped home-care support providers did not understand what they were signing, board member Neville Cook says.

War vets' home may be levelled

The former Montecillo war veterans' home in Dunedin could be demolished, but before a final decision is made, the site will undergo an archaeological assessment.

Diabetics taking time to adopt new products

Many diabetics appear to be hanging on to the old glucose strips and meters for as long as possible.

Healthcare system not 'what most NZers want today'

Healthcare system not 'what most NZers want today'

The private healthcare system relies on the public system when things go wrong, and should be more transparent about its fees, Prof Robin Gauld said in a lecture in Dunedin last night.

Aged care review timing 'cynical'

The New Zealand Aged Care Association has been labelled ''cynical'' for deciding to carry out a review of the sector close to a general election.

Flu-jab uptake may reflect warnings

The greater-than-usual early uptake of influenza vaccine this year probably reflects warnings New Zealand could be in for a bad season, a Dunedin GP practice manager says.

Orthopaedic surgery need high

Orthopaedic surgery need high

The high number of patients waiting for urgent orthopaedic surgery at Dunedin Hospital are being managed by cancelling non-urgent surgery, surgical medical director Murray Fosbender says.