Health

Hamilton eye expert to train workers in Fiji

	 Dr Jim Stewart

A Hamilton eye expert is heading to Fiji this month, but not to holiday at the beach.

Cost-cutting leaves DHB staff stressed

Hutt Hospital

Cost-cutting at Hutt Valley District Health Board has left staff stressed and confused.

'I can't move or talk but I hear everything'

Collapsed

Katy Stonyer always warns people about narcolepsy but they don't get it till they see her collapse.

Sick doctors taking their bugs to work

stethoscope

Ill doctors could be infecting patients, with many going to work despite knowing the risk.

Health insurance with a twist

Hospital corridor, generic

Sovereign will effectively pay its customers' health insurance if they choose not to claim, opting for public system instead.

I lived in fear of pain. Then I let it go

Yoga

A bad-luck combination of genes and habits caused me excruciating pain until I took a new approach.

Safety fears as flu surge hits hospital

Wellington Hospital is being stretched by winter sickness, with some ED patients waiting more than six hours for a bed.

Could Ebola reach New Zealand?

Ebola

The worst Ebola disease outbreak on record is unlikely to reach New Zealand from west Africa, authorities here say.

Staff on front line at hospital's Te Puna Waiora

Taranaki Base Hospital

Staff are the victims of over half of assaults at Taranaki Base Hospital's mental health unit.

Whanau links helping hospital

Linda Ratana

At the rugby, at church, or on Facebook Maori and Pacific Island patients cannot avoid reminders of their Hutt Hospital appointments.

Nurse injected two women with same needle

Needle, injection, blood test, medical, immunisation, innoculation

A patient injected with a used needle has been offered an apology from the negligent nurse.

Girl dunked in river to fix 'blocked auric field'

massage

Alternative health therapist is censured after attempting to heal a girl's "multi-entity aura" without proper consent.

GP moves on after 38 years

Ralph Wiles

Ralph Wiles experienced it all during his 38 years in medicine in Tokoroa and now it is time to clock off.

Controversial hope for stroke victim

Elliott family

Controversial stroke treatment might help Luke Elliott read, write and speak again to his family.

Nurses to perform bowel cancer tests

stethoscope

Some nurses will be trained to perform bowel-cancer tests as a crisis due to a shortage of medical specialists grows.

Rest home investigation after 15 falls in 15 months

rest home

A report into a Waikato rest home where a resident allegedly suffered repeated falls has been embargoed as confidential.

Putting fluoride in Hutt water may spark 'riots'

Adding fluoride would spark 'riots' in the street

water

Petone residents would "riot on the street" if fluoride were added to tap water, says chairman.

Warning of crisis in mental health

David Meates

More money urgently needed to avoid a looming mental health crisis, says CDHB boss.

Pharmacists to be exempt from piercing licence

Ear

Auckland pharmacists would no longer have to hold a licence to pierce customers’ ears if a proposed amendment to the council’s health bylaw is approved. 

Police detainees surveyed on drug use

Legal high

Survey finds "surprising decline" in marijuana use, possibly due to emergence of "legal highs".

Cancer 'niggle' was nearly missed

Cancer treatment IV chemotherapy melanoma

If I hadn't listened to my gut instinct, I doubt I would have reached my recent 40th birthday milestone.

Massey link to key diabetes research

Research project led by Massey University professor could identify indicators of diabetes risk.

Experts urge skin cancers be logged

stethoscope

Thousands could be at risk from a skin cancer epidemic, as experts plead for action.

Family on constant vigil with rare disease

Amelia Drummond

Amelia Drummond is affectionately nicknamed "Little Bear" because of the growling sound she makes through the ventilator keeping her alive.

Time runs out for frozen embryos

Lisa O'Brien

Thousands of embryos, sperm and eggs will soon be discarded as legislated time limits come into force.

Ministry says walk's silly, we'd rather take a cab

taxi xs

When it comes to walking the talk, it seems Ministry of Health staff would rather not.

Medical specialists union blast health minister

Tony Ryall

Medical specialists union has used a speech to dentists to launch an attack on Health Minister Tony Ryall.

Patient no-shows squander millions

doctor

Millions wasted as tens of thousands of patients fail to show up to appointments every year.

How do I breathe with no air?

Man with his head in his hands

I've always had asthma but now my daily battle for breath makes it hard just to get out of bed.

St John says sorry for costly ambulance ride

	 Diana Le Mon

St John Ambulance will review their private transport fees after two Waikato patients were overcharged.

Missed appointments cost hospitals millions

Auckland Hospital

Millions of taxpayers' dollars wasted as Auckland patients fail to make it to hospital appointments.

Kiwis living with chronic illness

Sad woman, depressed, grieving

How do you make people understand that you're ill if you don't have any physical symptions?

'Extraordinary effort' sees health board in the black

	 Nigel Murray

Provisional forecasts show the DHB will finish $3.8 million ahead of budget for 2013/14.

Life's a pain for teen sidelined by ACC

Jesse Stewart

ACC says it won't pay for surgery to help a teen in constant pain from a rugby injury.

Glass slivers prompt medicine recall

Jackie Hamilton

Eagle-eyed pharmacist spotted a shard of glass in a bottle of medicine, sparking national recall.

Auckland's disease hotspots found

emergency care

Westies and North Shore residents are being struck down with more diseases than other Aucklanders.

How bad is this flu season?

stethoscope

It's the worst flu season in years, Google reckons - but the Health Ministry's not so sure.

'I thought I was indestructible'

Heart attack

I was a 20-a-day smoker, ate lots of fry ups and was living life to the full. But I didn't want to die.

Lobbying by mayors led to ban on legal highs

Legal high

Nationwide mayoral revolt against legal highs put immense pressure on the Govt to ban the drugs outright, newly released documents show.

'I did the worst thing, I used Dr Google'

Generic surgical shot

When I found out I might have prostate cancer I did the worst thing possible, writes Gary Mills.

Scientists in race to beat superbugs

Cancer testing, medical testing, laboratory

The war against drug-resistant superbugs is being lost, but Wellington scientists won't surrender.

ACC faces huge compo bill for halted payouts

acc

A multi-million dollar windfall is waiting to be claimed by as many as 1500 accident victims.

Coping with rare smooth brain

Symphonya Turua

3-year-old Symphonya Turua was born with lissencephaly, meaning she is unable to walk, talk or sit up.

A step closer to transplant

Madison and Alana

Madiee Merrick has been waiting more than a year in the UK for surgery that will save her life.

Baby dies after DHB 'service failings'

Hutt Hospital

The death of a baby from dehydration came after "service failings" at Hutt Valley DHB.

DHB's inconsistent care led to baby's death

stethoscope

Lack of communication by medical staff about a baby's deteriorating condition led to her death.

Living through lymphoma

Chemotherapy

I just lay there all day watching TV while the pump besides me shoved various poisons into my veins.

Fire chief's recovery astounds

Bruce Stubbs

Bruce Stubbs was "scared s...less" as he lay on his back staring up at the fluorescent lights of a hospital ceiling.

Cheesed off mice bite into ACC claims

acc

Mice can be quite savage when they're cheesed off, along with many other critters - and ACC pays.

Wellington drivers more likely to donate organs

Gary Whitaker and daughter Kaitlin

Wellington and Queenstown drivers most likely to agree to organ donation on their licences.
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