Dunedin Hospital

Outsourcing means DHBs take 'hit' on hospital kitchen investment

Outsourcing means  DHBs take 'hit' on hospital kitchen investment

District health boards that invested in hospital kitchens in recent years might have to take a ''hit'' for the greater good, as moves are made to outsource meals to a single private provider, Southern District Health Board deputy chairman Paul Menzies says.

Fast-food background a plus

The chairman of the Crown-owned health entity behind moves to centralise the production of hospital meals says his experience in the fast-food restaurant and supermarket sectors means he knows about safe food systems and quality control.

Hospital kitchen at risk

Hospital kitchen at risk

Dunedin Hospital's kitchen could be significantly downgraded if the Government decides to outsource the hospital food service to a single provider.

'Terrified' patient would die

'Terrified' patient would die

The new head of Dunedin Hospital's emergency department (ED) says a lack of adequate staff over the past couple of years left her ''terrified'' at times that a patient would die.

Wrongly built unit means theatre changes

The Southern District Health Board says it is able to accommodate a French-built ventilation unit made to the wrong specifications for its new operating theatre in Dunedin Hospital.

40-week wait for routine MRI scan

Dunedin Hospital patients are now waiting up to 40 weeks for a routine MRI scan, with efforts to reduce wait times mostly yet to bear fruit.

Orthopaedic surgery need high

Orthopaedic surgery need high

The high number of patients waiting for urgent orthopaedic surgery at Dunedin Hospital are being managed by cancelling non-urgent surgery, surgical medical director Murray Fosbender says.

Vietnamese surgeons maintain long links

Vietnamese surgeons maintain long links

A group of Vietnamese orthopaedic surgeons from the city of Quy Nhon have been in Dunedin this week, observing hip and knee surgery.

Clinical leader for emergency dept

Clinical leader for emergency dept

Dunedin Hospital's emergency department has a clinical leader, Dr Caroline Collins, nearly a year after her predecessor stepped down over staff numbers.

Woman with cancer prompts test recall

Woman with cancer prompts test recall

A woman diagnosed with bowel cancer at Dunedin Hospital prompted a recall of patients for surveillance colonoscopies, Southern District Health Board gastroenterology clinical leader Dr Jason Hill said yesterday.

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