The $3 million campaign for the Chair of Neurosurgery was given a $1500 boost from South Otago yesterday.
The South's success in raising $3 million to save neurosurgical services at Dunedin Hospital has been recognised at the TrustPower National Community Awards, in Invercargill.
Although Dunedin Hospital's intensive care unit is long overdue for redevelopment and it is short of specialists, staff still get the job done cheerfully, the unit's clinical leader, Mike Hunter, says.
The concerns of doctors in Southland who oppose a merger of their health board with the Otago District Health Board are understandable and could be comparable to Otago doctors' concerns if they faced a merger with Canterbury, a Dunedin specialist says.
A neurosurgeon has been on call to cover Dunedin Hospital at all times since it began relying on outside neurosurgeons at the beginning of last year, Southern District Health Board chief executive Brian Rousseau says.
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.
Action to support retaining neurosurgery services in Dunedin has been a family affair for Bayfield High School staff member Viv Hepburn and her two daughters at the school.
Losing neurosurgery services in Dunedin will cost lives and incur more neurological disability, say three Dunedin Hospital neurologists.
Queenstown is joining the fight to keep neurosurgery at Dunedin Hospital.
The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons will not elaborate on its claim last weekend that it would be better for patients if the South Island's six neurosurgeons were based in one place.
If a one-site neurosurgery service is preferred for the South Island, then Dunedin should be its home, Grey Power national vice-president Terry King says.
The draft report on neurosurgery services sent to district health boards for checking did not contain the South Island Neurosurgical Service expert panel's recommendations.
The South Island Neurosurgical Service expert panel's call for a review of patient-recovery and related patient-transport services across the island has drawn no comment at this stage from Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust chairman Ross Black.
The Christchurch neurosurgeon who reportedly threatened to resign over the South Island neurosurgery service decision - which stipulated Dunedin would have resident neurosurgeons, against his recommendation - has been appointed the service's clinical leader.
One of the most uplifting local events of 2010 was the public campaign to keep neurosurgery in Dunedin and the South.
Public donations have helped the neurosurgery campaign reach its halfway goal, with more than $1.5 million raised.
A group of Waikouaiti women have helped boost the Neurological Foundation Chair in Neurosurgery appeal to $2.3 million.
More than $16,000 was raised for the Dunedin neurosurgery campaign in Arrowtown on Saturday night, making it the largest fundraiser for the cause in the Queenstown area.