United States physician Dr Leo Celi is urging big changes, including replacing the doctor's traditional white coat and tie, to reduce the burden of hospital-acquired infections.
A sombre reminder, simple words and, of course, blue sausages, came together for a Prostate Cancer Foundation awareness-raising event in Dunedin yesterday.
The Southern District Health Board's proposed budget showing an $18.5 million deficit has been rejected by the Ministry of Health and a revised plan is expected to be submitted this week.
More than 400 delegates will converge on Dunedin this week to attend two national health conferences involving dietitians and disease-control nurses.
Campaigners for the retention of neurosurgery services in Dunedin are hoping for a good turnout at this evening's public meeting in the Dunedin Town Hall to be attended by the panel looking into the future of the service.
The recent case of a 46-year-old woman patient who "definitely" would have died without acute neurosurgery at Dunedin Hospital features in a hard-hitting letter from senior clinicians on the dispute over the service's future.
Medical radiation technologists (MRTs) at Dunedin Hospital and Invercargill's Southland Hospital are again taking industrial action over the long-running pay dispute with District Health Boards New Zealand (DHBNZ).
The Southern District Health Board's hopes of saving about $1.2 million a year by charging for laboratory tests ordered by private specialists have been dashed by the Government.
The Government has answered a plea from the Southern District Health Board for $7 million to help tackle its deficit.
Concern at the length of time the Southern District Health Board has been waiting for a ruling on its controversial "bridging the gap" pilot proposal was raised at this week's hospitals' advisory committee meeting.
"Outrage and anger" are the dominant feelings of southern radiographers who have declared a 24-hour strike in support of northern members suspended for taking industrial action, southern union organiser Bernadette Gourley says.
The Southern District Health Board risked getting into a "stoush" if a rural maternity review was not handled correctly, warned two board members at yesterday's disability support and community and public health advisory committee meeting in Dunedin.
A member of the expert panel considering the future of neurosurgery in the South will visit Dunedin today to "collect some facts" before the full panel travels to Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill next week.
Incidence of the meningococcal disease strain which killed an Invercargill teenager is rising in proportion to the strain that many people have been vaccinated against, Otago and Southland medical officer of health Dr Derek Bell says.
About 3500 newborn babies across the southern region are expected to have free hearing screening each year in a nationwide programme which began in Otago and Southland last month.
Dunedin Hospital is turning to the virtual world for clues on how best to move patients faster through its emergency department.
Losing neurosurgery services in Dunedin will cost lives and incur more neurological disability, say three Dunedin Hospital neurologists.
A Dunedin man, who was not expected to live following an accident almost 50 years ago, has made an impassioned plea for the retention of neurosurgery services.
Owaka woman Sandra Grant knows only too well the value of neurosurgery services in Dunedin.