Christchurch Hospital's already stretched intensive-care unit
would struggle to cope with extra patients if all
neurosurgery went to Canterbury, clinical leader of Dunedin
Hospital's intensive-care unit Mike Hunter says.
A call for greater
involvement by Dunedin Hospital emergency department
leadership in exploring all possible solutions to long stays
for patients has been made by Southern District Health Board
chief executive Brian Rousseau.
Calls for greater
top-level emphasis on "lean thinking" in Dunedin Hospital
were made at yesterday's Southern District Health Board
meeting, but members were told change would cost money and
could take up to five years.