SDHB

No capacity for extra ops

Southern District Health Board says it will not be taking up funding available for extra gastric bypass operations this year because it does not have the capacity.

Health services initiative

Health services initiative

A small focus group involving Lakes District Hospital staff will look at ways to improve health services while being more cost-effective.

DHB head faces his critics

The Southern DHB's proposal for a "one-stop shop" health centre in Queenstown was attacked for being a "woolly concept", while the Government was blasted for failing to cater for the resort's rising population and almost two million visitors a year in its health funding.

Quake undoes health deficit

Hopes the Southern District Health Board end-of-year deficit could be less than half the original $14.9 million expected could be dashed by earthquake costs.

Three meetings in resort in first health board outing

The Southern District Health Board's presence will be more obvious than usual in Queenstown in the next two days as the resort hosts a public meeting, an advisory committee meeting and a board meeting.

Mental health committee studies service value

A specially appointed committee is preparing a plan for the cash-strapped mental health sector, which includes identifying "lower priority" services which could be cut.

Blake responds over 'blowtorch'

Blake responds over 'blowtorch'

Suggestions Southern District Health Board managers waited until the "political blowtorch was pointed at them" to address long stays at Dunedin Hospital's emergency department have been countered by Vivian Blake.

Rural hospitals in spotlight

Rural hospitals in spotlight

While proposals for Queenstown health services are hitting the headlines, what might be offered at all rural hospitals in the Southern area in future is also under the spotlight.

Concerns over reduced staffing plan

Concerns over reduced staffing plan

Proposals to reduce staffing at Lakes District Hospital from July will be unsafe for both patients and doctors, the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists says.

CEO will discuss health centre proposal

CEO will discuss health centre proposal

Residents using health services in the Wakatipu will on Wednesday get the chance to hear what the proposed integrated family health centre could mean for them.

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