Eileen Goodwin

'Pretty good' response to mental-health plan

 'Pretty good' response to mental-health plan

More than 100 submissions on the Southern District Health Board's sector-wide mental-health and addiction plan are being considered, finance and funding general manager Robert Mackway-Jones says.

Health providers sought

The Southern District Health Board has called for expressions of interest from health providers wanting to be based at Lakes District Hospital, as the DHB implements National Health Board recommendations.

No medical emergency jobs to go: chairman

No medical emergency jobs to go: chairman

Southern District Health Board chairman Joe Butterfield has denied a claim he is cutting medical staff at Dunedin Hospital's emergency department, but says staff need to stick to agreed budgets.

Hearing of 134 re-tested

Dunedin Hospital's audiology department has re-tested 134 children following concerns about testing protocol, but clinicians are not finding problems, audiologist Robyn McNeur says.

Trust to consider reprieve

Tuatapere Maternity may get a six-month reprieve from Southern District Health Board, the Waiau Health Trust says.

Mystery of the empty life raft

The marine rescue service has to do a "bit of detective work" after finding an empty 25-person life raft floating 49 nautical miles east of Dunedin, Rescue Co-ordination Centre spokesman Ross Henderson says.

GPS systems send Peninsula tourists off track

GPS systems send Peninsula tourists off track

Tourists could be saved from getting in a "hell of a pickle" if GPS systems stopped sending them up paper roads, Otago Peninsula Community Board member Senior Constable Lox Kellas says.

PHO misses many delivery targets

The Southern Primary Health Organisation failed to meet targets for delivering primary health measures to high-needs patients in seven of nine categories in the six months to December 2011.

Rest-home addressing weaknesses

Woodhaugh Rest Home, in Dunedin, is addressing shortcomings identified in a Ministry of Health audit carried out in February, Cressida Healthcare general manager Colleen Stairmand, of Auckland, says.

Extra hours of acute surgery delayed

An additional dedicated acute surgery list at Dunedin Hospital has been held up because of a lack of specialist staff.