Tight new restrictions are now in force in southern hospitals, and visitors are banned in all but the most grievous circumstances.
All non-essential and elective dental services at University of Otago Faculty of Dentistry clinics, including those provided at the Dunedin Dental School, are being cancelled.
From today, Student Health at the University of Otago will change the way it provides patient care in a bid to reduce the risk of staff and students being exposed to Covid-19.
Almost half a million dollars has been spent by the Southern District Health Board in the past year to transport neurosurgery patients from Dunedin to Christchurch.
The Ministry of Health have revealed the flight details of three Southern Covid-19 cases including for one in Wanaka which was not previously mentioned, taking the total number of cases in the Southern District up by one.
A Dunedin medical centre under ‘‘extreme pressure’’ is imploring people not to clog up primary care with bureaucracy.
Coronavrius-related disruption will also add to growing pressures on New Zealand’s mental health system, Corinda Taylor warns.
The Southern District Health Board (SDHB) will this week reconsider visiting hours among other precautions as it prepares for the possible arrival of Covid-19.
All aged care facilities have been ordered to have clear and prominent health warnings on display concerning Covid-19.
Security staff have seen people swiping bottles of hand sanitiser from Southern District Health Board facilities.
Health reporter Mike Houlahan looks at how Otago and Southland coped with a disease which killed about 1000 people in just a few weeks.
People need to be aware SDHB hospitals will have a limited capacity to deal with severe Covid-19 cases should the disease eventually begin circulating in the community, board chief medical officer Nigel Millar says.
A dedicated Saturday surgery list for patients requiring urgent care could also help the Southern District Health Board ensure it hits its elective surgery targets.
The future of Dunedin’s physiotherapy pool is still unclear, the Southern District Health Board was told at its monthly meeting in Invercargill yesterday.
High numbers of stranded patients and blockages in the flow of patients through SDHB's hospitals could be remedied if clinical leaders embraced the need for changes, board chief executive Chris Fleming says.
Letters telling southern people their wait for radiation oncology is longer than it should be are not being sent, as the health board tries to find words that will not distress patients further.
The Grey Power New Zealand Federation Board yesterday came out against proposed restructuring by HealthCare NZ, one of the country’s biggest providers, which could cut up to 200 jobs.
A critical shortage of independent midwives in Dunedin is having a detrimental effect on the health of mothers and babies, experienced midwives say.
Southern health planners are continuing to develop protocols and plans should a case of Covid-19 coronavirus occur in the region, medical officer of health Susan Jack says.