Eileen Goodwin

'GP first' system to smooth hospital path

'GP first' system to smooth hospital path

Patients are to be told they will be moved quickly through hospital services if they have a GP's letter, rather than turning up at southern emergency departments unannounced.

Group to push for surgical mesh inquiry

Group to push for surgical mesh inquiry

Southern patients suffering complications from surgical mesh will be represented at Parliament's health select committee today in Wellington, where advocates will urge the Government to launch an independent inquiry.

Norovirus still mystery

Norovirus still mystery

Recent outbreaks of norovirus in southern rest-homes and hospitals have prompted Public Health South to call for the rapid development of a surveillance system.

Dietitian defends health star food rating system

Dietitian defends health star food rating system

A University of Otago dietitian who helped develop a new health star food rating system is defending the scheme from criticism, and says it is not designed to resolve the ''fat sugar debacle''.

Aged care issues hit the hustings

The New Zealand Aged Care Association is trying to put sector funding on the political agenda in its election campaign launched today.

Fear age change could dent screening trust

Fear age change could dent screening trust

It will be difficult to shift the breast-screening age, even if the science does not support screening women under 50, Dunedin breast cancer survivor Dr Sue Walthert says.

Fracking evidence tricky to pin down

Fracking evidence tricky to pin down

Establishing a link between fracking and earthquakes was ''difficult'', but circumstantial evidence pointed to there being one, Dr Andreas Lindstrom told an audience on Saturday at the Otago Foreign Policy School.

Path to victory black and white

Path to victory black and white

Tarras School pupil Jemmimah McCombe-Rae (10), of Tarras, is all concentration as she takes on Ben Paku (10), of George Street Normal School, in the second round of the Otago Southland primary intermediate interschool team chess championship in Dunedin on Saturday.

SDHB puts sharper focus on cost-cutting

SDHB puts sharper focus on cost-cutting

The Southern District Health Board has rejigged top staff to allow two senior executives to focus solely on cost reduction.

Heart patient says follow-up lacking

Heart patient says follow-up lacking

An elderly man discharged from Dunedin Hospital last week says the lack of follow-up support for him at home is ''crazy''.