SDHB

Changes not 'fait accompli'

Changes not 'fait accompli'

The Southern District Health Board has not made up its mind on the proposals for health-service changes in the Queenstown area, board member Neville Cook says.

SDHB plan focus in light of refugees

Taking into account the needs of quake refugees, the Southern District Health Board's annual plan might have to be revised, Neville Cook told the disability support and community and public health advisory committee meeting this week.

Patient treatment progress criticised

Patient treatment progress criticised

Patients in greatest need may often not be the first to receive elective health attention, a draft auditor-general's report says.

SDHB scan waiting time plan held up

SDHB scan waiting time plan held up

A plan to reduce long waiting times for Southern District Health Board scans has been hampered by equipment failure and the impact of the earthquake emergency response.

Healthcare plan reactions differ

Healthcare plan reactions differ

Representatives of the Queenstown Medical Centre (QMC) and the Wakatipu Medical Centre (WMC) were asked for their reactions to the Southern District Health Board's model for a "one-stop shop" integrated health centre.

Nurses union voices concerns

Concerns about a possible public-private redevelopment of health services in the Wakatipu are likely to be raised with the Southern District Health Board by the New Zealand Nurses Organisation.

Claim Rousseau 'hellbent on privatisation' in Queenstown

Claim Rousseau 'hellbent on privatisation' in Queenstown

Proposals suggesting tighter access to the Lakes District Hospital in Frankton from July and a new public-private health centre to eventually replace the cash-strapped hospital could face a rocky road to realisation.

Healthcare facility suits policy intent

Healthcare facility suits policy intent

Having a multimillion-dollar private medical facility working with the public health sector would be in line with the Government's policy direction of "better, sooner, more convenient" healthcare, the developers say.

Concern at SDHB's model

Concern at SDHB's model

Queenstown Lakes Mayor Vanessa van Uden says the Southern District Health Board's plan for a "safety net" for financially disadvantaged patients is a "responsible solution".

Plan to cut ED demand unveiled

Plan to cut ED demand unveiled

A triage nurse and a consulting doctor will decide whether a patient admitted to the emergency department of the Lakes District Hospital, from 8am to 10pm, should be treated there or referred to a GP, if a proposal by the Southern DHB is approved by hospital staff and their unions.

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