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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.

Meals on Wheels price rise prompts warning

Meals on Wheels price rise prompts warning

The cost of a hot meal delivered at lunchtime is about to go up for many elderly people receiving Meals on Wheels in Otago and Southland.

Board, hospital slug it out over health centre

There is no evidence the Lakes District Hospital is clinically unsustainable and a $2 million jump in running costs was a one-off investment to improve the safety of patient care, a health union says.

Meeting 'integral' in helping board

Discussions in Queenstown last week on the proposed Lakes District's integrated family healthcare centre were "undoubtedly ... tense at times", but integral in helping the Southern District Health Board (DHB), chief executive Brian Rousseau said yesterday.

Ryall approves board's purchase of linear accelerator

Ryall approves board's purchase of linear accelerator

Health Minister Tony Ryall has given approval for the Southern District Health Board to buy a new multimillion-dollar linear accelerator for Dunedin Hospital.

Improvement requires movement: ED leader

Improvement requires movement: ED leader

Dunedin Hospital's emergency department clinical leader, Dr Tim Kerruish, does not share the confidence of Southern District Health Board chairman Joe Butterfield that staying times for patients will have improved by the end of June.

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