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.
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
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.
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
group of Vietnamese orthopaedic surgeons from the city of Quy
Nhon have been in Dunedin this week, observing hip and knee
Dunedin Hospital's emergency department has a clinical
leader, Dr Caroline Collins, nearly a year after her
predecessor stepped down over staff numbers.
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.
Despite long waiting times for routine MRI and CT scans,
Dunedin Hospital's scanners run for an hour less each day
than in Invercargill.
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.
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
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