Nearly three-quarters of patients who waited longer than six
hours in the Dunedin Hospital emergency department in October
were admitted to wards, new figures show.
Emergency departments are the ''barometer'' of the health
service, Health Minister Tony Ryall said opening a new unit
in Dunedin Hospital's ED.
Management of South Island bowel cancer patients is set to
change ''fundamentally'' next year in an ambitious bid to
eliminate excessive wait times, Dunedin oncologist Dr Chris
An incorrectly inserted nasogastric tube caused the death of
a recuperating neurosurgery patient at Dunedin Hospital,
Otago Southland coroner David Crerar has found.
The Southern District Health Board has been ranked the
poorest-performing DHB in an assessment of doctors' and
nurses' involvement in decision-making.
The mother of a young American backpacker who died in Dunedin
Hospital has given a series of her own etchings to the
hospital's intensive care unit.
Dunedin's largest medical practice says it can no longer
afford to offer free health visits to a group of young
The Ministry of Health has called for tenders for a
controversial new healthy eating initiative.
The Southern District Health Board has gone back to the
drawing board again on plans to provide long-awaited
additional endoscopy facilities at Dunedin Hospital.
The Southern District Health Board (SDHB) was warned it could
be ''losing sight of the bigger picture'' in its dealings
with a patient whose biopsy specimen had been mixed up with
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