Radiographers lifted all strike action yesterday to allow a vote by members on whether to settle a long-running pay dispute with district health boards.
More than 500 radiology appointments and some elective surgery at Dunedin Hospital will not go ahead if the radiographers' nationwide 48-hour strike proceeds tomorrow morning.
A third of the 2256 submissions to the expert panel looking at neurosurgery services in the South expressed concern about having to travel to Christchurch for neurosurgery.
The success of a small Dunedin Hospital clinical trial has received international recognition and may lead to widespread improvement in skin treatment for cancer patients having radiation therapy.
Elderly patients are the most likely to be having long stays in Dunedin Hospital's emergency department, clinical leader Dr John Chambers says.
Much of the detail in the expert panel's report on South Island neurosurgery imparts challenges for the future of our public health services.
"If you make a difference for one family, then it's worthwhile." Since the death of her teenage son in 2003, Oamaru woman Helen Algar has been involved in raising public awareness about text-message bullying.
An increase in birth defects in New Plymouth during the 60s and 70s was not a result of dioxin exposure, a Ministry of Health (MoH) report says.
Wait times for routine MRI scans have blown out to 52 weeks at Dunedin Hospital in the wake of months of rolling strike action.
Too many Dunedin Hospital patients receiving treatment in wards not suited to their condition may be a major contributor to longer stays in the emergency department, chief operating officer Vivian Blake said.
Preliminary planning for a short-stay unit at Dunedin Hospital's emergency department has begun, but staff are waiting for the results of computer modelling before it goes further.
The biggest challenge in developing clinical services across Otago and Southland is getting the "non-clinical stuff" right, Southern District Health Board chief medical officer (Otago) Richard Bunton says.
Southern babies who need extra hearing testing after initial screening are being seen by an audiologist from the Northland District Health Board, but tenders are being called for this service.
The turnout by Otago voters in the recent Southern District Health Board elections was the fourth highest in the country, but the Southland percentage was below the national average.
Ways must be found to reduce the amount of medication prescribed to the elderly because it was costly and might not be doing any good, a Southern District Health Board committee was told in Dunedin yesterday.
Outside funding of $40,000 is needed to support an ongoing Southern District Health Board programme designed to attract Southland secondary school pupils to health careers.
You would think that into a vacuum, greatness would rush.
Ongoing industrial action by radiographers is described in a report to the Southern District Health Board's hospitals' advisory committee as "severely impacting" on breast screening numbers.
Southern cancer patients should have a shorter wait for radiation treatment because of a $1.8 million funding boost announced by Health Minister Tony Ryall yesterday.
District health board members will receive increased support and training, Health Minister Tony Ryall says.