Eileen Goodwin

Cultural diversity impresses visitor

Cultural diversity impresses visitor

Gay marriage has strengthened Canadian society, an Anglican Church leader visiting Dunedin's St Paul's Cathedral said yesterday.

Screening for breast cancer harm alarms

A British investigation into breast-screening which found a concerning rate of over-diagnosis indicates about 180 women will be treated unnecessarily each year in New Zealand, University of Otago cancer-screening authority Associate Prof Brian Cox says.

Otago C-section rate 20.3%

Otago has recorded the country's second highest rate of Caesarean section births, a Ministry of Health report shows.

Ashburn Clinic pursues funding

While "disappointed" at posting a $116,000 cash loss in 2011-12, Ashburn Clinic in Dunedin is continuing to weather difficult financial times, its business director says.

Disparity in hospital waiting lists

The number of patients waiting for skin-cancer surgery at Dunedin Hospital increased 64% in the past year, while Southland Hospital halved its waiting list for the procedure, figures show.

No fallout yet from glucose testing change

Any fallout from switching diabetics patients to new glucose-testing equipment "hasn't really hit yet", several weeks after the phasing-in period started, Diabetes Otago office manager Noeline Wedlock says.

Bureaucracy hurdle stalls e-prescribing

Dunedin Hospital is leading a national electronic prescribing project for hospitals, but it is progressing at a snail's pace because of bureaucratic hold-ups.

Managers and nursing directors appointed

Managers and nursing directors appointed

The Southern District Health Board has announced an all-female line-up to run new Otago-Southland combined clinical departments.

Top teacher twice

Top teacher twice

Dunedin heart specialist Associate Prof Gerry Wilkins won his second supreme teaching award at the Dunedin School of Medicine Teaching Awards at Dunedin Hospital yesterday.

Bid to improve surgical services

The Southern District Health Board has called in more outside help to resolve issues at Dunedin Hospital, seconding a National Health Board service manager to improve surgical services.