Eileen Goodwin

Hearing of 134 re-tested

Dunedin Hospital's audiology department has re-tested 134 children following concerns about testing protocol, but clinicians are not finding problems, audiologist Robyn McNeur says.

Trust to consider reprieve

Tuatapere Maternity may get a six-month reprieve from Southern District Health Board, the Waiau Health Trust says.

Mystery of the empty life raft

The marine rescue service has to do a "bit of detective work" after finding an empty 25-person life raft floating 49 nautical miles east of Dunedin, Rescue Co-ordination Centre spokesman Ross Henderson says.

GPS systems send Peninsula tourists off track

GPS systems send Peninsula tourists off track

Tourists could be saved from getting in a "hell of a pickle" if GPS systems stopped sending them up paper roads, Otago Peninsula Community Board member Senior Constable Lox Kellas says.

PHO misses many delivery targets

The Southern Primary Health Organisation failed to meet targets for delivering primary health measures to high-needs patients in seven of nine categories in the six months to December 2011.

Extra hours of acute surgery delayed

An additional dedicated acute surgery list at Dunedin Hospital has been held up because of a lack of specialist staff.

Rest-home addressing weaknesses

Woodhaugh Rest Home, in Dunedin, is addressing shortcomings identified in a Ministry of Health audit carried out in February, Cressida Healthcare general manager Colleen Stairmand, of Auckland, says.

Goal of $1.4 million

A Broad Bay group plans to start fundraising to build a $1.4 million shared waterfront facility, Waterfront Inc chairman Richard Good, of Portobello, says.

Three on short-list for professorship

Three prospective professors of neurosurgery will be interviewed next month for the Chair in Neurosurgery at the University of Otago.

Doctors' pay blowout

Doctors' pay  blowout

Southern District Health Board hospital doctors' salaries were $865,000 over budget in February, despite a warning from DHB chairman Joe Butterfield to get them under control.