Eileen Goodwin

Weight-loss surgery 'very underfunded'

Weight-loss surgery 'very underfunded'

About 80% of the South Island patients who need weight-loss surgery are being turned away because of funding constraints, says the Invercargill surgeon who performs half of the South Island's public weight-loss operations.

New street art defaced

New street art defaced

Some of the new street art adorning buildings in Dunedin's warehouse precinct and the surrounding area has been defaced with graffiti.

Straight talk vital for better outcomes

Straight talk vital for better outcomes

Being blunt about deaths caused by unsafe practices in health is a crucial step to making systems safer for patients, a former Nasa astronaut says.

Disbelief at SDHB tactics

The Southern District Health Board has been accused of ‘‘almost Orwellian'' tactics in its handling of the strategic health services plan.

Survey suggests patients satisfied

Patients are largely happy with their hospital stays, first results of a new survey released yesterday suggest.

South's Ebola centre set in Christchurch

Ebola patients in the South would be taken to Christchurch by ambulance or military aircraft in the unlikely event of an outbreak, a report to a Southern District Health Board meeting says.

Care facilities report more gastroenteritis

A report shows a fourfold increase in gastroenteritis outbreaks in elderly care and acute care facilities in the South this past winter.

Child died after ED discharge

Child died after ED discharge

A sick child who later died was sent home from Dunedin Hospital's emergency department despite a nursing assessment saying it might not be safe, a new report shows.

Weekend gardening sales up

Weekend gardening sales up

Labour Weekend retail sales in Dunedin were mixed, retailers reported.

SDHB tops OIA request complaints

SDHB tops OIA request complaints

The Southern District Health Board drew more complaints about its handling of Official Information Act requests than any other health board in 2013-14, figures in the Office of the Ombudsman's annual report show.