Failure by the Southern District Health Board to properly accredit a vaccination provider which administered potentially ineffective Covid-19 vaccinations might have been a blessing in disguise.
Perhaps in keeping with its eventful history, the Southern District Health Board’s last meeting did not end smoothly.
A new report shows the magnitude of the ongoing impact Covid-19 and staff shortages are having on surgical services in the South.
Parliament's health select committee has raised concerns about management controls at the Southern District Health Board, and in particular its financial and IT systems.
The Southern District Health Board is still desperately trying to recruit new nurses, to cover both normal health care and to prepare for the expected impact of Covid-19.
Two wards have been closed at Dunedin Hospital and infection and prevention-control measures are in place following a gastroenteritis outbreak.
The big crane has left town and the diggers have been parked up where one day the new Dunedin Hospital will stand.
Covid-19 refused to go away, but the pandemic was far from the only reason the southern health system hit the headlines in 2021. Health reporter Mike Houlahan looks back on the year that was.
The clip clop of tiny hooves is enough to make any child’s heart race at Christmas time.
An unscientific survey of Dunedin Hospital patients suggests about a third may either not be properly informed of some details of their care or fail to understand what they are told.
A chronic shortage of aged residential care nurses in the South is showing no signs of easing.
Covid-19 continues to be a major drain on the Southern District Health Board’s finances, despite it having received an unbudgeted $7million towards its vaccination programme.
More than 400 Southerners have waited more than a year for an elective procedure and many others have lingered more than the expected four months on the waiting list.
The Southern District Health Board has finally made some progress in reducing record waiting lists for radiation oncology treatment, but it fears the Covid-19 lockdown will stall that momentum.
Southern mental health services have been subject to a second in-depth investigation in the past three years - a review which everyone hopes will ease the strain on a sector under severe pressure.
Southern District Health Board staff have low morale and feel unaware of the direction the organisation is heading, a scathing confidential review of the board says.
A breast cancer treatment trial which has achieved significant success in the North Island may be implemented by the Southern District Health Board.
The Southern District Health Board has urged the Otago Regional Council to reconsider the proposed pause of its air quality work.
Lisa Gestro has been at the heart of some of the Southern District Health Board’s most controversial and most challenging moments in the past three years.
Auditors reviewing cases over concerns about colonoscopy access through the Southern District Health Board limited their review because it was taking too long to get complete clinical records.