Dunedin Urgent Doctors and Accident Centre will have
shorter hours from next week. It will close 90 minutes earlier
from Monday, with new opening hours of 8am-10pm.
Southern District Health Board patient services director
Lexie O'Shea said the change was not expected to put pressure
on the Dunedin Hospital emergency department, because there
were few patients late at night. The move was an interim
arrangement until a wider after-hours strategy was agreed.
Southern Primary Health Organisation chief executive Ian
Macara said in a statement the PHO ''facilitated the change''
in opening hours, but it was agreed by all parties. He did not
respond to follow-up questions.
Centre manager Martin Chamberlain said the centre was told by
the PHO to change its hours. There would be cuts to clinician
and receptionist hours, but no job losses.