News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Theatre Time In Hospitals At Record High

Theatre time in Christchurch hospitals at record high

Fewer people requiring acute (urgent) surgery at Christchurch Hospital does not automatically translate into greater capacity for the Canterbury District Health Board to do more elective (planned) surgery, according to the Board's Chief Executive Officer Gordon Davies.

"There is a perception that we can simply allocate acute theatre space for electiveprocedures but we still need to ensure that there are theatres and staff available for people who need urgent operations," he said. Mr Davies comments follow several requests from people waiting for elective surgery to have their waiting time reduced, after hearing that there were fewer people requiringacute surgery.

"The amount of theatre time being used at Christchurch and Burwood Hospitals is in fact higher than at any other time in the Board's history and we are also contracting withprivate providers so that we can deliver more elective surgery," he said.

Most people in Canterbury who have been assessed as needing elective surgery will receive their operation within six months of their First Specialist Assessment.

"The fact that fewer people have required urgent surgery in the last few months is very good news and we are looking very closely at why this has happened and if it should have any long term effect on the structure of our services," Mr Davies said.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'

The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>

Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>

Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland