Eileen Goodwin

Hospital hand-washing habits disturbing: DHB member

Hospital hand-washing habits disturbing: DHB member

A Dunedin Hospital hand-cleaning audit found only 53% of staff were washing or sterilising their hands, Southern District Health Board figures show.

Funds boost gastric bypass surgery

Thirty-one gastric bypass operations were performed in the Southern District Health Board area in 2011-12, thanks to special funding, Southland Hospital bariatric surgeon Mark Smith says.

Surgery penalty decried

That DHBs are "punished" for providing too many operations is a "perversity", the head of the senior doctors' union says.

High flu-like illness rate

Otago and Southland recorded the third-highest rate of flu-like illness presentations in New Zealand last week, an ESR flu update shows.

SDHB appoints medical officer

SDHB appoints medical officer

The Southern District Health Board has appointed former Southland chief medical officer David Tulloch as chief medical officer (CMO) for the region.

Alcohol education missed

A new position statement on alcohol failed to include education as a solution to alcohol abuse, Southern District Health Board member Kaye Crowther says.

Endorsed by the DHB yesterday, the position statement was created in partnership with all South Island DHBs.

Clampdown on elective surgery

Clampdown on elective surgery

The Southern District Health Board is vowing to clamp down on the number of elective surgical procedures carried out to try to avoid further cost overruns.

Thomson wants accounting revealed

Thomson wants accounting revealed

The public has a right to know that Southern District Health Board is shifting $3.9 million of liabilities from the last financial year in to the future, hospital advisory committee member Richard Thomson says.

Dunedin's ED logs best result yet against target

Dunedin Hospital's emergency department finished the financial year with its best monthly result for treating patients.

Dunedin's shortage of urologists drives patient to Christchurch

Dunedin's shortage of urologists drives patient to Christchurch

A Dunedin man is urging urology patients to consider seeking medical attention in Christchurch while Dunedin has just one permanent urologist.