Sophie Barker wants to make sure no-one has the same neurosurgery experience as her.
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.
If the South Island district health boards do not like whatever the Director-general of Health proposes in the neurosurgery row, Health Minister Tony Ryall may have no choice but to get involved.
Dunedin surgeon Mike Hunter, in the final part of a six-part series, uncovers the political machinations and motives behind the processes geared towards removing neurosurgical services from the South, and glances to the future.
A national review of a procedure performed only at Dunedin Hospital is "presumably coincidental" with the neurosurgery decision process, radiation oncologist Dr Shaun Costello says.
Health Minister Tony Ryall acknowledged yesterday in Parliament he is accountable for the neurosurgery decision.
Dunedin surgeon Mike Hunter, in the fourth of a six-part series, runs a ruler over the numbers, specifically the ratios of neurosurgeons to general population in different countries. Mr Hunter is clinical leader in intensive care and responsible for rescue helicopter medical retrieval.
Dunedin surgeon Mike Hunter, in the third of a six-part series, looks at neurosurgical specialisation, pressure for centralisation and the Australian influence. Mr Hunter is clinical leader in intensive care and responsible for rescue helicopter medical retrieval.
For many years Auckland and Christchurch neurosurgeons have harboured the view there should be only two neurosurgery units in New Zealand, although Wellington and Dunedin have proved remarkably...
Dunedin surgeon Mike Hunter, in the first of a six-part series, explains what he believes underlies the threat to neurosurgery in Dunedin. Mr Hunter is clinical leader in intensive care at Dunedin Hospital and responsible for rescue helicopter medical retrieval.
Organisers of a petition to save southern neurosurgery expect about 20,000 people - possibly more - to have put their name to the campaign to keep the vital service in Dunedin.
Southern District Health Board chief executive Brian Rousseau has begun the process of determining who among his staff want to meet the South Island neurosurgical services expert panel when it comes south at the end of the month.
The panel on South Island neurosurgical services will visit Dunedin, Christchurch and Invercargill at the end of the month.
Dunedin Hospital emergency specialists have grave concerns more patients will suffer long-term serious disability without acute neurosurgery at the hospital, acting clinical leader of the emergency department Dr Tim Kerruish says.
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.
The Government has adopted a "wait-and-see" approach to the future of the South Island's neurosurgical services, rather than interfere before an expert panel has reached its decision, Prime Minister John Key says.
Those who want to save neurosurgery in Dunedin should not let up now, intensive care nurse Pam Adams says.
It is often said we live in remote and self-centred times; that members of the baby-boomer generation and their technologically sophisticated, individualistic offspring have little notion of - or need for - the concept of "community"; that self-interest is a predominant motivating force in today's fast-moving, get-ahead society.