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
While the Southern District Health Board's $42 million
cost-savings plan has ''merit'', the savings are not enough,
says the Treasury in a report on the board's financial state.
The Southern District Health Board is again at risk of
exceeding its approved deficit, and could end the year about
$13.7 million in the red unless changes are made, board
members heard yesterday.
People attending meetings seeking answers from the Southern
District Health Board about why it dumped Presbyterian
Support Otago (PSO) and others in a shake-up of home-based
services ''left happy'', the board heard yesterday.
Patients are getting more nursing care each day than they
have been assessed as needing, the Southern District Health
Board hospital advisory committee heard yesterday.
The number of patients consigned to ''active review'' status
for surgery sparked concern at Southern District Health
Board's hospital advisory committee meeting in Invercargill
Dunedin Hospital's emergency department has a clinical
leader, Dr Caroline Collins, nearly a year after her
predecessor stepped down over staff numbers.
Team numbers for this weekend's Relay for Life at Forsyth
Barr Stadium are up on 2011, Cancer Society Otago-Southland
chief executive Mike Kernaghan says.
The number of people receiving personal care at home
increased 53% from July last year to January, a report to
tomorrow's Southern District Health Board meeting says.
Sixteen recipients of metal-on-metal hip implants have been
checked by Southern District Health Board clinicians,
information released under the Official Information Act
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