One telephone call is all it will take for Dunedin Hospital patients to check on things such as appointment times when a new patient administration computer system goes live later this year.
Patient deaths or ‘‘near misses'' caused by serious mistakes by health professionals should not just be reported in hospitals but in the primary health sector as well, Balclutha doctor Branko Sijnja says.
Three quarters of more than 300 submissions were against a controversial proposal to stop public funding of private patients' laboratory tests in the South Island.
The Otago District Health Board will be asked to approve a new and more comprehensive fraud policy when it meets today.
While pressure continues on the Otago District Health Board's short-staffed existing mental health system, planned new services are still dogged by funding uncertainty.
An impending ‘‘tsunami of new drugs'' could financially cripple the Otago District Health Board if it does not develop processes to deal with requests for expensive new medications, chief medical officer Richard Bunton says.
A former Dunedin Hospital nurse who went public with concerns about bullying in the hospital's emergency department has welcomed the news of a new project to counteract bullying at the hospital, but questions how effective it will be.
The shortage of specialists in Dunedin has reduced the number of ophthalmology trainees this year.
Dunedin Hospital managed to avert a bed shortage crisis during the weekend when staff were expected to admit more patients than they had beds available.
There is a ‘‘huge chance'' therapy for sufferers of mild to moderate depression will be free nation-wide within two years, the Ministry of Health has revealed .
Health Minister David Cunliffe has sacked the Hawkes Bay District Health Board and appointed a commissioner in its place - sparking allegations of ‘‘cronyism'' and abuse of power.
Dunedin Hospital has closed 28 beds and issued its first ‘‘code black alerts'', as it struggles to cope with nursing shortages.
The Otago District Health Board has robust recruiting procedures but the risk of employing a rogue foreign doctor cannot be eliminated, says a senior manager.
Strike action by senior doctors has been averted for another month after Health Minister David Cunliffe stepped into negotiations at the last minute.
Pharmac has presented detailed evidence to support its claim it did everything possible to evaluate all options on Herceptin.
A Dunedin doctor who has chosen to pay $50,000 for her own 12-month Herceptin treatment believes more money could be found in Pharmac's budget for the breast cancer drug if it took a closer look at what it is spending on medicines for gut problems such as indigestion.