Eileen Goodwin

Vietnamese surgeons maintain long links

Vietnamese surgeons maintain long links

A group of Vietnamese orthopaedic surgeons from the city of Quy Nhon have been in Dunedin this week, observing hip and knee surgery.

Board risks exceeding approved $11m deficit

The Southern District Health Board is again at risk of exceeding its approved deficit, and could end the year about $13.7 million in the red unless changes are made, board members heard yesterday.

SDHB savings plan falls short: report

While the Southern District Health Board's $42 million cost-savings plan has ''merit'', the savings are not enough, says the Treasury in a report on the board's financial state.

'Left happy' after explanation

People attending meetings seeking answers from the Southern District Health Board about why it dumped Presbyterian Support Otago (PSO) and others in a shake-up of home-based services ''left happy'', the board heard yesterday.

Nurses giving more care than required

Nurses giving more care than required

Patients are getting more nursing care each day than they have been assessed as needing, the Southern District Health Board hospital advisory committee heard yesterday.

Active review a concern

The number of patients consigned to ''active review'' status for surgery sparked concern at Southern District Health Board's hospital advisory committee meeting in Invercargill yesterday.

53% more receive personal home care

53% more receive personal home care

The number of people receiving personal care at home increased 53% from July last year to January, a report to tomorrow's Southern District Health Board meeting says.

Relay for Life numbers up

Team numbers for this weekend's Relay for Life at Forsyth Barr Stadium are up on 2011, Cancer Society Otago-Southland chief executive Mike Kernaghan says.

Clinical leader for emergency dept

Clinical leader for emergency dept

Dunedin Hospital's emergency department has a clinical leader, Dr Caroline Collins, nearly a year after her predecessor stepped down over staff numbers.

Implant recipients fine

Sixteen recipients of metal-on-metal hip implants have been checked by Southern District Health Board clinicians, information released under the Official Information Act shows.