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Clot-busting ‘telestroke’ service to be extended

Canterbury and Northland are looking to follow Wellington in offering an after-hours telehealth service proven to increase the number of stroke patients receiving clot-busting interventions.

Women’s unit opens at Palmerston North Hospital

Women will now have their own dedicated space in Palmerston North Hospital for surgical recovery and assessments with the opening of the new Women’s Assessment and Surgical Unit (WASU). Opened with a blessing on Tuesday...

‘Bug memories’ could help fight looming crisis

Even bacteria have memories - and learning more about them could help combat the grave and growing threat of antimicrobial resistance.

App offers help for ADHD

An app could replace the dependence on drugs such as Ritalin used by many with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD.

Some of my favourite apps

Nurse entrepreneur ANNETTE MILLIGAN shares some smartphone apps that make her life easier – plus one she helped to develop with her local district health board.

Holograms and virtual doctors in our medical future

Experts gather in Rotorua to discuss latest technological breakthroughs.

Rapid rounds and nurse facilitated discharge innovations free up patient bed days

‘Bed block’ in the general medicine department was identified as a one of the reasons why patients in the emergency department had a long wait to be admitted to a general medicine ward. The average waiting time for admission was over 10 hours, and once admitted, patients’ length of stay could often be longer than necessary.

Don’t read what you don’t need

Patient privacy breaches have been hitting the headlines. The infamous ‘eel’ x-ray in Auckland led to staff dismissals, and spying on cricket star Jesse Ryder’s clinical notes resulted in four clinicians facing disciplinary action. Nurse-turned-lawyer ROBIN KAY looks at the legal and ethical issues for nurses around accessing patient records – particularly now that unauthorised reading of a file leaves an ‘electronic fingerprint’.

Neurologist behind stroke risk app honoured

The AUT neurologist behind a stroke risk app translated into 14 languages took out this year’s Excellence in Stroke Award for Australasia.

Hello my name is…

The first International #hellomynameis Day – a campaign to encourage health professionals to introduce themselves – was held on July 23 to mark the first anniversary of the death of the doctor who founded the movement.  

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Opinion: Hope is the key

In an example of conventional medicine at its worst, a patient of mine recently had her beautiful hope dashed. This inspiring young mum of two...

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