Southern District Health Board members are not likely to have detailed costings of the various options when they make their initial decision on Wakatipu health services.
The Southern District Health Board will fund a $6 million replacement linear accelerator itself this year, if it gets Government approval.
The Southern District Health Board has received special funding for a six-month project setting itself up as a "demonstration site" to improve maternity services nationwide.
The Government has made it clear it considers improved health services for the people of Queenstown are needed and the Southern District Health Board should start providing them, Health Minister Tony Ryall says.
Recommendations from the Southern District Health Board's review of rural maternity services will not be delivered until the middle of the year, because the board wants to look at the services in a wider context, funding and finance general manager Robert Mackway-Jones says.
It is disappointing more work is not being done to understand how pregnancy and breast-feeding protect women against breast cancer, leading University of Oxford epidemiologist Dame Valerie Beral says.
Taking into account the needs of quake refugees, the Southern District Health Board's annual plan might have to be revised, Neville Cook told the disability support and community and public health advisory committee meeting this week.
Much of the initial work developing shared health services across the new Southern District Health Board has been completed and, now, it is time for the " hard yards", Vivian Blake says.
The number of people who have come down with measles in the Auckland region since an Emirates flight arrived from Brisbane in mid-January has now hit 18.
Delays in the release of $24.38 million promised capital works funding from the Ministry of Health are expected to cost the cash-strapped Southern District Health Board extra money.
Dunedin Hospital is exploring how it can increase its elective colonoscopies as it struggles to meet an "ambitious target".
Concern that patients could wait 20 months for some non-urgent scans at Dunedin Hospital was expressed at the Southern District Health Board hospitals' advisory committee.
Information on plans designed to improve Southern District Health Board performance was praised by board member Dr Malcolm Macpherson yesterday, but he warned of the need for consistency.
An uncertified Invercargill urologist failed to provide appropriate care to a cancer patient, a tribunal says.
As number-crunchers work out how the Southern District Health Board could break even in future, this year's budget shows its expected $14.9 million deficit is the second biggest in the country.
Moves to ban fathers-to-be from video-recording the birth of their babies in some Australian hospitals seem unlikely to be copied in New Zealand hospitals.
The first meeting of the South Island neurosurgery governance board is being held today, at the Ministry of Health in Wellington.
Bookings are looking promising for Queenstown's Midtown Medical Centre, which officially reopened yesterday after its sudden closure late last month.
Ill patients at Dunedin Hospital might not have norovirus as first suspected, but test results will take a few days, Southern District Health Board (Otago) emergency, medicine and surgery general manager Dr Colleen Coop says.
Outspoken Dr John Chambers has stood down after 17 years as Dunedin Hospital emergency department clinical leader, but he has not finished yet. He is looking forward to being a full-time specialist without the leadership role. Dr Chambers reflects on his time in charge of emergency medicine with ODT health reporter Elspeth McLean.