Eileen Goodwin

Emphasis on healthier staff menus

Hospital staff could face smaller meal portions under changes proposed in a healthy food and drink policy at the Southern District Health Board.

Surgical suite waterproofed

Surgical suite waterproofed

Almost a year after parts of the surgical theatre suite were drenched, causing surgery delays, work to repair leaks in the clinical services building at Dunedin Hospital is all but finished.

Worried workers wait

Worried workers wait

For half of the four years she has worked as a kitchen assistant and diet aide at Dunedin Hospital, Karen Phillips has lived with the uncertainty of not knowing whether she will hold on to the job.

Many forces at play in hospital food proposal

Many forces at play in hospital food proposal

Southern District Health Board kitchen staff have waited about two years to find out whether the board will go ahead with an outsourcing proposal. Health reporter Eileen Goodwin speaks to some of those involved, and looks at the background of the issue.

Savings not only factor

Savings not only factor

A saving of 0.05% does not sound like much, but it is about what the Southern District Health Board stands to save as a proportion of income if it outsources its kitchens.

50% drop in opioid's use in South

50% drop in opioid's use in South

Prescribing of the opioid oxycodone has reduced by ''at least'' 50% in the past year at the two main southern hospitals, southern district medicines management committee chairman Dr Paul Tomlinson says.

Hospital food outsourcing critics air concerns

Hospital food outsourcing critics air concerns

Concern over the proposed outsourcing of hospital kitchens dominated the first 30 minutes of a Southern District Health Board public meeting in Dunedin last night.

Specialist shortages 'wasteful'

Specialist shortages 'wasteful'

Sending southern cardiac MRI patients to private hospitals is ''financially wasteful'' and shows the need to address the country's specialist shortage, the senior doctors' union says.

Organiser honoured

Organiser honoured

Veteran pony show organiser Tina Bungard has been recognised at the show she founded 25 years ago.

Drunken incidents mar Hyde St party

Drunken incidents mar Hyde St party

A St John paramedic was covered in shattered glass fragments at the Hyde St party yesterday, in what police say was a ''particularly distressing'' incident.