Eileen Goodwin

Medical union looking at food in cafes

Medical union looking at food in cafes

A medical union whose members are entitled to free meals is conducting a survey because of concern hospital cafes are not up to scratch under the management of the Compass Group.

Here for long haul: new chief medical officer

Here for long haul: new chief medical officer

The appointment of a prominent Canterbury health leader as chief medical officer at Southern District Health Board surprised a few people in the health sector. Health reporter Eileen Goodwin spoke to Dr Nigel Millar about why he made the move.

Maternity infections not all same bacteria

Infection control was tightened at Queen Mary Maternity Centre in Dunedin Hospital after eight women contracted ‘‘significant'' infections.

Concerns over cost of adding fluoride

Concerns over cost of adding fluoride

Adding fluoride to water supplies would be costly for rural communities, and Southland does not have a functioning health board to make the decision, Southland Mayor Gary Tong says.

Hospital meals: Minister 'has to man up'

Hospital meals: Minister 'has to man up'

A Dunedin woman whose son provided her with meals during a stay in Dunedin Hospital is calling on the Health Minister to change his attitude.

Positive start to year — Hayne

The University of Otago is reporting a modest increase in first-year and international student numbers, but total domestic enrolments have dropped.

Superbug possibly transmitted in rest-home

One of the five Dunedin Hospital patients who contracted a superbug may have picked it up in a rest-home, the Southern District Health Board has confirmed.

High early uptake of flu vaccine

High early uptake of flu vaccine

Early uptake of the influenza vaccine appears to be high in the South this year.

Tens of thousands await surgery in South

Tens of thousands await surgery in South

About 40,000 people in the Southern District Health Board area may require elective surgery, a survey released yesterday suggests.

Lack of cafe custom costs job

Lack of cafe custom costs job

The Compass Group has made a food manager redundant in Dunedin because of a lack of custom at hospital staff cafes.