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 operating time at Dunedin Hospital may not go
ahead until March next year.
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.
Dunedin Hospital's emergency department does not often see
patients who have swallowed button-sized batteries, ED
clinical leader Dr Tim Kerruish says.
Increasing numbers of stroppy patients at Dunedin Hospital
prompted the security team to devise a programme which has
won an award.
The Southern District Health Board is one of 14 boards which
did not meet the national target for shorter stays in its
emergency departments in the first quarter of this financial
Unnecessary examinations of patients are are one of the
practices the project tackling waiting times at Dunedin
Hospital's emergency department is trying to stop.
Dunedin Hospital's urology service has had to introduce
catch-up clinics to cope with more than 350 patients waiting
for their first appointment with a specialist.
Another substantial hospital building is needed in Dunedin
because tinkering with the existing buildings will
increasingly thwart staff's ability to deliver a good
service, a leading specialist says.
Dunedin Hospital women's health service has stopped accepting
non-urgent gynaecology referrals because of a staff vacancy.
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