Dunedin Hospital

Southern patient complaints up but no horror story, Menzies says

A near doubling of patient complaints to the Health and Disability Commissioner (HDC) is not a "shock horror story", Southern District Health Board deputy chairman Paul Menzies says.

Patient waiting times reducing

Dunedin Hospital's new $2.7 million emergency department (ED) observation unit appears to be making a dent in patient waiting times, but management says it is too early to measure the benefits.

Otago C-section rate 20.3%

Otago has recorded the country's second highest rate of Caesarean section births, a Ministry of Health report shows.

Staff idea gets instant approval

Staff idea gets instant approval

Two Dunedin Hospital operating theatre staff were pleasantly surprised yesterday when their pet project was approved on the spot after it was pitched to a Southern District Health Board judging panel.

Three-week waiting time for urgent CT scans

Three-week waiting time for urgent CT scans

Patients are waiting three weeks for "urgent" computerised tomography (CT) scans at Dunedin Hospital - a week more than the target of two weeks.

Friends and family allowed back into staff cafes at hospitals

Rules to prohibit members of the public entering staff cafes at Dunedin and Wakari Hospitals have been relaxed, despite a survey showing the move is opposed by nearly a third of staff.

Otago patients offered MRI scans in Southland

Otago patients are being offered routine MRI scans in Invercargill because waiting lists are too long at Dunedin Hospital, a report to a Southern District Health Board committee says.

Board's letter about 'serious problems' offends doctors

Board's letter about 'serious problems' offends doctors

The senior doctors' union is unimpressed with what it calls a "petty point-scoring" open letter Southern District Health Board management has sent Dunedin Hospital emergency department staff.

Patients rewarded with goodies trolley

Patients rewarded with goodies trolley

For young cancer patients, filling in the hours while receiving treatment at Dunedin Hospital can be a added challenge.

Staff levels prompt ED warning

Staff levels prompt ED warning

Dunedin Hospital Emergency Department (ED) specialists have warned the Southern District Health Board they cannot provide adequate cover for the department's new observation unit.

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