Auckland patients at risk of going blind to be treated in series of mega...

Auckland residents at risk of suffering irreversible blindness will have the chance to be assessed by doctors at a series of upcoming "mega" clinics.

Medsafe warning over risk of taking turmeric with warfarin

Medsafe has issued a warning to health professionals to be aware that natural health products containing turmeric/curcumin may interact with warfarin – putting patients at risk of serious bleeding.

Doctors still least compliant with cleaning hands

Hand hygiene in New Zealand hospitals has majorly improved in the past eight years but  doctors have fallen back to being the least compliant of the health professions.

HDC decision: Radiologist missed fatal brain lesion

A teenage girl died after a radiologist failed to spot a lesion in an MRI scan, a Health and Disability Commission report released today shows.

HDC decision – Eye surgeon sought consent mid-surgery for different eye

Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill today released a report finding an ophthalmologist in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights

Pharmacist assumes typo error – gives wrong dose to child

A pharmacist assumed a new treatment for slowing short-sightedness in children was a prescribing mistake and dispensed eye drops 100 times stronger than prescribed.

Gynaecologist failed to get woman’s consent to remove fallopian tube

The consent form the woman signed did not specify both fallopian tubes might need to be removed, and the possibility of the right fallopian tube needing removal was not discussed with her.

Revealed: Hundreds more missed from bowel cancer screening

Hundreds of New Zealanders missed out on potentially life-saving bowel cancer screening because of another problem with sending invitations.

Rise in syphilis cases prompts public health message

A rise in syphilis cases has prompted renewed calls for people to practise safe sex, including the use of condoms.

Toxic mould, fungus and bacteria growing in leaky hospital

The children's ward and the National Burn Centre are among four buildings at Middlemore Hospital that are leaking, have dangerous mould and bacteria growing in them and are at risk of having cladding fall from them.



Sponsored: Hydration – Why is it so important for older people?

A closer look at the risks of dehydration – particularly for older people – and what can be done to reduce these risks.