Celebrating a year at Southern DHB

As 2019 comes to an end, we want to thank to all our staff, health care partners, Community Health Council and advisors, and volunteers for all their work to provide health care to the people of Southern New Zealand this year.

To give a sense of the scale of the work we collectively do, here are some facts and stats you might find interesting.

They all add up to a lot of care and making an incredible difference – thank you all, and Merry Christmas!

Southernhealth.nz Whole of health system website and identity developed – making it easier for people to find the care they need.

The Community Health Council held their first symposium. The CHC has over 80 advisors who have worked on over 30 projects district wide. Want to get involved? E: chc@southerndhb.govt.nz

$9.3million upgrade to Lake District Hospital. New Emergency Department and CT scanner at Lakes District Hospital.

The Commisoner team concluded its term. Our new board has been elected, former Mayor of Dunedin David Cull has been named as Chair.

Staff celebrated Staff were celebrated for the outstanding contributions to Southern DHB at the Southern Excellence Awards in November.

‘Real people, Real Stories’ smokefree campaign launched, profiling local people who are living with serious long-term health effects from smoking. www.southernhealth.nz/somefreestoriesSouthern


1,000,000 tasks completed by our orderlies on the CARPS electronic logging system.

69.3% of Southern’s population live within 60 min from secondary facilities.

Practitioners Martin Pepers along with Emma Dillon, Shawna Stephens, Sarah Bell & Jess Reid are our southern most workers!

Gore - Clutha - Oamaru - Dunstan - Ranfurly - Lakes
5 rural Hospitals
3 Hospitals
87 Pharmacies

65,608km2 bigger than Sri Lanka, Denmark or Belguim!

81 GP Practices with 309,794 enrolled patients

9 general practices are part of the Health Care Home programme and five more began the journey in July 2019, improving access to care for patients and supporting services in the Southern health system.

These patients were seen by: 400 GPs, registrars & locums
357 Practice Nurses & 17 Nurse Practitioners

who undertook 1.153million patient contacts last year!

That's 93% of the Southern district's total population of 332,020 residents.

56,450 are ages 65+. Our population is slightly older when compared to the national average.

8 days. The length of stay on the older persons rehabilitation ward has decreased by eight days compared to the same period last year. This is because more older people are supported at home.

3119 babies born in SDHB facilities

13 renal transplants with the 14th (live donor/recipient) scheduled for the 23rd of December.

Christmas decorations at Southland hospital. Photo: Supplied.
Christmas decorations at Southland hospital. Photo: Supplied.

Happy Holidays from Southern DHB

The holiday period can be stressful. For tips on how to stay well during this time visit: www.southernhealth.nz/holidays

For more facts and figures, please see the Southern DHB Annual Report and Quality Account 2018/19 – now on the website at www.southernhealth.nz You can also find more information there about quality initiatives and outcomes.

*all statistics provided are approximate.

For more SDHB facts and stats for December see:

Dunedin Hospital

Southland Hospital


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