SDHB

ED project takes holistic approach

"Six Hours It Matters!" is the catch-cry for Dunedin Hospital's revamped approach to finding ways to shorten the time patients spend in the emergency department.

Care of kidney-disease patients targeted

Better management of kidney disease in the community is the aim of a pilot programme involving general practitioners in Otago and Southland, and Dunedin Hospital specialists.

Value of Crown monitor queried

Value of Crown monitor queried

Former Southern District Health Board chairman Errol Millar wants to know how the $35,000 annual fee for the board's Crown monitor can be justified.

Southern board deficit second worst

Southern board deficit second worst

As number-crunchers work out how the Southern District Health Board could break even in future, this year's budget shows its expected $14.9 million deficit is the second biggest in the country.

Snow injuries 'drain' on hospital resources

Snow injuries 'drain' on hospital resources

Treating and transporting skiers and snowboarders admitted to Southland Hospital with serious injuries in 2009 cost at least about $550,000, a study by an orthopaedic registrar shows.

Feedback sought on sale of land

Anyone concerned about the Southern District Health Board's proposed disposal of 4.8211ha of land behind staff accommodation in Kew Rd, Invercargill, has until tomorrow to make a submission.

Plan for shared gastroenterology

Plan for shared gastroenterology

Dunedin staff will lead the project to develop an Otago and Southland shared gastroenterology service.

Retiring ED head quick to argue for patients

Retiring ED head quick to argue for patients

Outspoken Dr John Chambers has stood down after 17 years as Dunedin Hospital emergency department clinical leader, but he has not finished yet. He is looking forward to being a full-time specialist without the leadership role. Dr Chambers reflects on his time in charge of emergency medicine with ODT health reporter Elspeth McLean.

Stomach bug closes ward

A Dunedin Hospital general medical ward was closed yesterday to contain a vomiting and diarrhoea bug.

SDHB committees to be decided at first meeting

The make-up of the Southern District Health Board advisory committees will be settled at the board's first meeting for the year, on February 3.

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