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ED commitment restated

10 October 2018 Mike Houlahan - Otago Daily Times

The Southern District Health Board has restated its commitment to upgrading its beleaguered emergency department in the wake of the Ministry of Health urging it to improve waiting times.

The SDHB has long recognised the issues at the ED, saying they are partly explained by issues with where other essential services are located within the building.

Within the past 12 months it has tried to create more space for the department, and at a recent commissioner’s meeting a continuing drive to improve wait times at the ED was agreed.

That would involve the spending of a significant seven-figure sum on capital work as well as altering some current hospital systems, although the amount to be spent is yet to be determined.

Money that might otherwise be budgeted to reduce the deficit will instead be spent on the emergency department upgrades.

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