Eileen Goodwin

Fear risks disregarded

The loss of jobs in the South risks exacerbating ageing population issues in ways not well understood, a Southern District Health Board member says.

Pharmac hears of priorities

Pharmac hears of priorities

There is no evidence-based drug that can help Jo Heslop's 11-year-old son Cody, who has a rare degenerative disease.

Big drop in wait times for scans

Dunedin Hospital scanners are working overtime to reduce waiting times, which should be within the targeted 12 weeks by the end of this month.

Patient's privacy breached

Patient's privacy breached

A former Southern District Health Board booking administrator who admitted accessing information about a patient's abortion appeared before the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal in Dunedin yesterday.

'Grey area' possible in use of ketamine

Mental health patients in Dunedin were not treated experimentally when they were given ketamine, but it was ''borderline'', the Health and Disability Commissioner has found.

New Crown monitor for health board

New Crown monitor for health board

Former ACC chief executive Jan White, of Wellington, has been appointed Crown monitor of the Southern District Health Board, replacing Stuart McLauchlan, who has retired from the role.

Much-photographed railway station window restored

Much-photographed railway station window restored

A three-piece stained glass window set in the Dunedin Railway Station has been encased in toughened glass following a careful restoration.

New mothers spending less time in hospital

The Southern District Health Board is playing down figures showing new mothers are on average spending less time in Dunedin Hospital despite funding to allow longer stays.

Ambitious $21m plans for cable cars

Ambitious $21m plans for cable cars

Re-establishing the High St cable car line will show off Otago engineering, rejuvenate the Exchange, and encourage development south of the Octagon, Dunedin Cable Car Group chairman Phil Cole told a public meeting in Dunedin yesterday.

Call for Kiwi in top health role

Call for Kiwi in top health role

The top job in the health bureaucracy will hopefully go to a New Zealand-based candidate who knows the system before they start, University of Otago health systems authority Prof Robin Gauld says.