Dunedin Hospital

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.

Less time for scanning

Despite long waiting times for routine MRI and CT scans, Dunedin Hospital's scanners run for an hour less each day than in Invercargill.

Answers sought over scan waiting time

Answers sought over scan waiting time

A Dunedin woman waiting for an MRI scan deemed routine by Dunedin Hospital believes some patients are classified as low priority to make the waiting list look better.

ED staff boosted, threat withdrawn

ED staff boosted, threat withdrawn

An ''intimidatory'' threat of disciplinary action against a Dunedin Hospital doctor has been dropped after months of negotiations with the Southern District Health Board, his union says.

Soni back in city as locum neurosurgeon

American neurosurgeon Deepa Soni has returned to Dunedin Hospital as a locum while one of the permanent neurosurgeons gains vocational registration in Christchurch.

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