Dunedin Hospital should be
prepared to turn patients away if they turn up at the
emergency department with minor ailments, Dr Branko Sijnja
The Ministry of Health has named appointees to a panel
advising whether Dunedin Hospital remains the sole provider
of a special radiation treatment.
It is "nuts" that Dunedin
Hospital has only one dedicated operating theatre for acute
surgery when it is struggling to cope with the demand, Vivian
Analysis of Dunedin Hospital's recent high Caesarean section
rate showed there were strong clinical reasons for using the
surgical procedure, midwifery director Jenny Humphries says.
Staying times at Dunedin Hospital's emergency department will
be 12% improved by the end of next month, a report to go to
the Southern District Health Board says.
Retaining Dunedin as the sole provider of the radiation
treatment radiosurgery would strengthen the South Island
neurosurgery service, South Island neurosurgical service
implementation manager Joy Farley says.
Applications have been received for both recently advertised
Dunedin-based neurosurgeon positions, but nobody is saying
The hospital has a new
locum gastroenterologist due to start in July, but it already
has about 200 patients with colorectal disease symptoms
waiting for investigation.
Health Minister Tony Ryall has given approval for the
Southern District Health Board to buy a new
multimillion-dollar linear accelerator for Dunedin Hospital.
Senior and junior Dunedin
Hospital emergency department doctors are worried that
staffing levels are unsafe.
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