Patient Stories

Patient Stories

Southern DHB presents:

A new patient video series

What is the most important thing in the world?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata
(It is the people, it is the people, it is the people)

Our patients are at the centre of everything we do and Southern DHB staff are privileged to treat people from all walks of life. 
Many Southern DHB staff work in face-to-face roles and are moved by patients’ stories every day. Others work more behind the scenes, but know their efforts all play a part in providing the care our community needs.
This new patient video series provides a snapshot into the lives of some very special patients. Through their experiences, Southern DHB can learn more about our patients and how we can improve our services, as well as acknowledge our amazing staff and the important part they play in providing care and support across our health system. 
We hope these stories can become part of our reference materials for when we are developing new strategies or initiatives, developing training materials, and communicating the significance of our work. They remind us of who we serve and the difference we make.

Southern DHB would like to sincerely thank each individual who agreed to participate in this series. Your courage and willingness to tell your stories has been inspiring and humbling, and we hope to continue sharing our patients' journeys through the Southern health system. 



Heath was having the time of his life as an upcoming musician in Dunedin, but his life took a turn when he fell into the dark world of drug addiction. He’s in the unique position of having been on both sides of Southern DHB – firstly, as a patient of the Community for Alcohol and Drugs Services (CADS) and currently, as an Alcohol and Drug Clinician helping others recover from their addictions.


Levi & Bonny

Levi was born with Moebius syndrome – a rare neurological condition that affects the muscles that control facial expression and eye movement. There’s approximately one or two cases in every million, making him the eighth child in New Zealand with this condition. He spent the first 67 days of his life in the Dunedin Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.


Blake, Kelly & Craig

Blake was getting ready for school one morning but complained of a sore spot on his stomach, described as looking like an itchy bite. He quickly deteriorated and became unresponsive which led to a stay in the Dunedin Hospital Children’s Ward. Watch their story to find out more about their patient journey through Southern DHB.



Catherine and her husband were in a head-on collision with a driver who fell asleep at the wheel. She spent four months in hospital and had to make some difficult decisions during her stay. Watch Catherine’s story to find out more about her patient journey through Southern DHB.



Daphne suffered a stroke and was in hospital for nine weeks. She was determined to go home and with the support of Southern DHB, she was able to. Watch Daphne’s story to find out more about her patient journey through Southern DHB.


Do you have an inspiring patient story you would like to share? Please email ‚Äč