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Southern District Health Board patient services director Lexie O'Shea said the change was not expected to put pressure on the Dunedin Hospital emergency department, because there were few patients late at night. The move was an interim arrangement until a wider after-hours strategy was agreed.
Centre manager Martin Chamberlain said the centre was told by the PHO to change its hours. There would be cuts to clinician and receptionist hours, but no job losses.