Bowel cancer screening error discovered after calls from public

Officials realised more than 9500 people were missed from potentially life-saving bowel cancer screening only after members of the public rang in to ask where their invitation was.

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.


More than just a ‘pill for every ill’

Dr Tracy Chandler (a.k.a. Dr Wellness) says we need to move beyond the current ‘pill for every ill’ model of general practice to a more patient-centred integrative approach.


Extra Health Support For Busy People

People spinning multiple plates often need additional support over and above good nutrition and exercise. Here’s how addressing things at the sub-cellular level can help.