Hospital wait time twice guidelines
An Oamaru retiree with a suspected heart condition feels “let down” after learning she has to wait up to eight weeks for an outpatient appointment at Dunedin Hospital.
Carol Bryan (64) was also told in a recent letter from the Southern District Health Board (SDHB) that because her wait time would be twice as long as the Ministry of Health’s national guidelines, she might like to consider a private assessment.
The SDHB says advising patients of other options, such as private assessment, is routine to help address patient anxiety about waiting times, but Mrs Bryan says she cannot afford private healthcare.
Read the article here: https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/north-otago/hospital-wait-time-twice-guidelines