Dunedin Hospital

ED's six-hour target 84% for December

Dunedin Hospital's emergency department had a particularly busy December but still performed reasonably well in keeping waiting times in check, Otago chief operating officer Vivian Blake told the hospital's advisory committee in Dunedin this week.

Misdiagnosis highlights need for more ED staff

Misdiagnosis highlights need for more ED staff

A woman whose broken back was misdiagnosed at Dunedin Hospital's emergency department as abrasions and bruises says the department must get the extra specialists that doctors say it needs.

Emergency medicine complexities

Emergency medicine complexities

If there has been a perception that the emergency department of Dunedin Hospital has for some years stumbled from one crisis to the next, then the latest revelations concerning staffing do little to assuage that image.

Ryall declines involvement in hospital staffing issue

Ryall declines involvement in hospital staffing issue

Health Minister Tony Ryall has rejected a request by the senior doctors' union to intervene in a staffing numbers issue at Dunedin Hospital's emergency department (ED).

Fears of backtrack over emergency dept staff

Fears of backtrack over emergency dept staff

A senior Dunedin Hospital emergency department specialist says Southern District Health Board management appear to have backtracked on recruiting an extra 4.5 senior medical officers for the department.

Hospital to extend allergy records

Hospital to extend allergy records

Improvements to the way patients' allergies are recorded will flow from the planned extension of the hospital electronic prescribing system piloted at Dunedin Hospital, hospital information technology clinical leader Dr Andrew Bowers says.

Confident hospital on right course

Confident hospital on right course

Staying times at Dunedin Hospital's emergency department have improved considerably in recent months but there is still much work to be done, Mike Hunter says.

Recruiting reveals NZ specialist crisis

Recruiting reveals NZ specialist crisis

Delays in recruiting anaesthetists to allow extra acute surgery at Dunedin Hospital illustrates the country's continuing specialist workforce crisis, Associated Salaried Medical Specialists executive director Ian Powell says.

Extra acute theatre time months off

Extra acute theatre time months off

Extra acute operating time at Dunedin Hospital may not go ahead until March next year.

Woman died after rare adverse reaction

The death of a 74-year-old woman from a severe reaction to an antibiotic which caused a 60% skin loss was "very, very rare" , southern regional coroner David Crerar says in his finding on the death.

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