Eileen Goodwin

Home-care cuts data show shift

Home-care cuts data show shift

Despite dramatic cuts, the Southern District Health Board still provides about 15% more assistance at home to the elderly than the national average, finance and funding general manager Robert Mackway-Jones says.

Nurses against refusing ED treatment

Nurses against refusing ED treatment

Turning patients with minor ailments away from the emergency department is unsafe and unethical, New Zealand Nurses Organisation professional nursing adviser Suzanne Rolls says.

HDC complaints low

The Southern District Health Board has generated the lowest number of complaints to the Health and Disability Commissioner (HDC) for at least five years.

Staffing reflects soft demand

Staffing reflects soft demand

Dunedin Urgent Doctors and Accident Centre operates with a single GP during the day as part of changes introduced to cope with the economic downturn, but the situation is closely monitored, chairman Dr Kim Maiai says.

Building 'more unsafe'

Building 'more unsafe'

The Dainty Dairy building in Stuart St appears to be more unsafe than first thought, co-owner Alistair Broad says.

Budget boost for Plunket

Budget boost for Plunket

With extra maternity funding to be delivered in the Budget, Plunket Society would be able to extend and strengthen a postnatal depression support service in the South, Otago and Southland area manager Barb Long says.

Pharmac hears 'drumbeat'

The Dunedin-based chairman of pharmaceutical-buying agency Pharmac says he is aware the "drumbeat" of the United States pharmaceutical lobby has intensified because of free trade talks between the United States and New Zealand.

Ministry names members of panel reviewing radiosurgery

The Ministry of Health has named appointees to a panel advising whether Dunedin Hospital remains the sole provider of a special radiation treatment.

Drop-in centre latest style

Drop-in centre latest style

With polished wood floors, natural light, and fashionable furniture, Pact's new drop-in centre in Dunedin resembles a swanky studio or inner-city apartment.

Plans to slash waiting times for scans, X-rays outlined

Two hundred MRI scans will be contracted to the private sector to help clear a backlog at Dunedin Hospital, a report to today's Southern District Health Board hospital advisory committee says.