Maori health focus of plan

Maori health focus of plan

A health plan launched recently signals a fresh impetus to deal with inequality in health outcomes for Maori, Southern DHB Maori health general manager Donovan Clarke says.

SDHB deficit lower than budgeted for

The Southern District Health Board expects to have finished the last financial year with a $3.2 million deficit, some $11.7 million lower than its original budgeted shortfall.

Hospital staffing problem

Hospital staffing problem

The Southern District Health Board is having difficulty finding enough doctors to staff Lakes District Hospital amid uncertainty about the hospital's future.

Acute surgery time approved

The Southern District Health Board has approved increasing Dunedin Hospital acute theatre time by 35 hours a week, subject to two conditions.

DHB called on to consult private healthcare sector

Southern DHB should consult the private healthcare sector before releasing major health planning documents, Mercy Hospital chief executive Richard Whitney says.

SDHB to consider purchase of TrendCare software

The Southern District Health Board, at its meeting in Dunedin today, will consider spending $306,301 on a software system to improve the way it allocates nursing staff to meet the needs of patients.

Smoking policy no issue in Southland

There does not appear to be any large consumer group concerned about the gradual progress towards Southland' Hospital's inpatient mental health unit becoming smoke-free, the Southern District Health Board's hospitals' advisory committee was told yesterday.

Plan warns of increase in cancer cases

A new cancer control plan to be presented to the Southern District Health Board today says the board must prepare for a significant increase in the number of cancer cases.

ED observation unit considered

ED observation unit considered

A business case for an emergency department observation unit at Dunedin Hospital will be considered in the closed session of the Southern District Health Board hospitals' advisory committee meeting today.

Issues seen for dental therapists in the South

The Southern District Health Board could face difficulty recruiting and retaining dental therapists as conditions offered are not as good as those in some other areas, the Public Service Association says.

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