Southern District Health Board

Cops call for public booze ban

Queenstown police's submission on a proposed public alcohol ban includes 59 eye-opening photos of people the worse-for-wear, litter and general public drunkenness. In one photo, a man is passed out in a doorway and appears to have defecated on his...

Psychiatrist’s new role

A former Queenstowner has returned to her roots to boost mental health services in the Wakatipu. Jo Thornton's about six weeks into her role as a psychiatrist working for the Southern District Health Board (SDHB) in Frankton. Hers is a new...
I've found myself googling 'sexually transmitted infections' a fair bit recently, but, I'd like to quickly point out, not for the reasons one might think. My web habits – which may be causing a few raised eyebrows over at IT...

Comms costs increase

Queenstown's publicly-funded organisations spent more than $1.2 million on communications and public relations in the 2016/17 year. The district council spent $444,328, Southern District Health Board (SDHB) $462,406, and Otago Regional Council (ORC) $330,000. And two of those organisations, Queenstown's council...

Resort’s STI shambles

A Southern District Health Board manager has questioned her own organisation's lack of information about sexually transmitted infections. Documents obtained by Mountain Scene show an email chain between DHB staffers regarding an Official Information Act request filed by Scene about...
Queenstown urgently needs a better formula for funding healthcare due to its "rapidly changing population". That's the view of district councillor and health advocate John MacDonald. Health Minister David Clark said he intends for a review of the population-based formula used...
The number of people seeking help for addictions in Queenstown has doubled in two years. And health bosses admit resources in the resort aren't good enough. Southern District Health Board figures show 136 people accessed its addiction assessment and treatment service...
Work on an extension and revamp of Queenstown's "substandard'' Lakes District Hospital will start next year. While details remain sparse, Southern District Health Board deputy commissioner Richard Thomson confirms the price-tag is "definitely north of $5million". Speaking at a Grey Power...

Out-of-date jabs

Human error is being blamed for patients getting expired vaccinations at Queenstown Medical Centre earlier this month. In an emailed statement, centre boss Shane Zeederberg says two patients were given vaccinations which were three days out of date. Zeederberg dodged Mountain...
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