Eileen Goodwin

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.

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.

Complaints change

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Support clients switching this week

Dunedin area home-based support clients start switching to new providers from this week.

Trend concerns care providers

Trend concerns care providers

Aged residential care providers are complaining about falling occupancy rates, as the health board keeps more older people at home, a report to the Southern District Health Board disability support committee says.

Warning from dismayed users

Warning from dismayed users

Two former synthetic cannabis users and an addict have come forward to share their experiences as a warning, while a Salvation Army bridge programme admissions co-ordinator says some people are using K2 to break their cannabis addiction.