- Southern DHB has written to 4618 patients whose ophthalmology (eye surgery) appointments are overdue.
- 1379 are patients at Southland Hospital and 3239 at Dunedin Hospital. This equates to 28 percent of total ophthalmology appointments in Southland being overdue and 37 percent of total ophthalmology appointments in Dunedin.
- The majority of the patients (63 percent) are waiting twice the expected time for appointments than has been clinically recommended.
- There are 30 cases where there has been some deterioration of eyesight during delays, (ie the care and treatment has not been provided within the clinically recommended timeframe): 21 in Southland and 9 in Dunedin.