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January 28, 2011

Elective surgery to increase at the West Coast DHB

West Coast District Health Board has developed a plan to ensure it achieves its elective surgery target for the 2010/11 year.

The combined impact of difficulty in sourcing locum staff from July to August, the Canterbury earthquake and the Pike River Mine disaster have resulted in about 100 fewer surgical procedures for West Coast patients than had been planned as at 31 December 2010.

West Coast DHB Chief Executive David Meates says Grey Base Hospital, which is now running with normal staffing levels, plans on catching up on the backlog by running an extra orthopaedic list each week until the end of June.

This will provide an additional 20 surgical discharges each month, Mr Meates says.

"The extra throughput will make a significant impact on catching up on elective surgeries. The DHB is also looking at outsourcing some additional orthopaedic work to providers outside the West Coast in order to achieve this health target," he says.

"While the outsourcing of surgery will incur an additional cost to the West Coast DHB, it is important the West Coast had access to elective surgery on the same basis as elsewhere in New Zealand."

The criteria for receiving elective surgery have also been adjusted in some surgical areas, such as ophthalmology, to give West Coast patients a greater opportunity to receive surgical procedures, Mr Meates says.

The West Coast DHB will meet its elective surgery target of 1592 discharges for the 2010/11 year.

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