SDHB

ACC contracts 'below cost'

District health boards are being offered contracts with ACC at prices well below actual costs, this month's Southern District Health Board's hospitals' advisory committee meeting was told.

Nurses against refusing ED treatment

Nurses against refusing ED treatment

Turning patients with minor ailments away from the emergency department is unsafe and unethical, New Zealand Nurses Organisation professional nursing adviser Suzanne Rolls says.

HDC complaints low

The Southern District Health Board has generated the lowest number of complaints to the Health and Disability Commissioner (HDC) for at least five years.

ED refusals advocated

ED refusals advocated

Dunedin Hospital should be prepared to turn patients away if they turn up at the emergency department with minor ailments, Dr Branko Sijnja says.

SDHB deficit cut to $6.6m

SDHB deficit cut to $6.6m

The Southern District Health Board is hoping to be $8.3 million under budget by the end of the year, slashing its expected deficit to $6.6 million.

Health board to look at rise in hospital bed occupancy

There appears to have been a "remarkable" increase in bed occupancy at Lakes District Hospital, Frankton, in the past four months, Southern District Health Board chairman Joe Butterfield says.

DHB would 'welcome' trust being in charge

DHB would 'welcome' trust being in charge

Community governance of Wakatipu healthcare and the Lakes District Hospital would be welcomed by the Southern District Health Board.

Hospital struggling with one acute operating theatre

It is "nuts" that Dunedin Hospital has only one dedicated operating theatre for acute surgery when it is struggling to cope with the demand, Vivian Blake says.

'Excellent' choice for health body

'Excellent' choice for health body

The appointment of Associate Prof Anne Kolbe as chairwoman of the National Health Committee has been welcomed by neurosurgery campaigner Richard Thomson.

Call for ministry to lead in checking pregnant women

Call for ministry to lead in checking pregnant women

Height and weight checks on pregnant women should be standardised by the Ministry of Health to cut the risk of complications, a Southern District Health Board obstetrician/gynaecologist says.

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