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May 26, 2011

Excellent result for West Coast meeting national health targets

The six health targets are national health performance measures, introduced to the New Zealand health system in 2007/08, set by the Ministry of Health.. They are designed to improve the performance of health services and provide a focus for action for DHBs.

The West Coast continues to lead the country's 20 DHBs with its performance in the Shorter stays in Emergency Departments target.

David Meates says, "This is a good measure of overall hospital efficiency as it relies not only on patients being seen quickly in the Emergency Department, but it also measures the way in which the hospital system can process the subsequent patient admissions and discharges.

"The recent plan put in place to increase the number of elective surgery procedures has now resulted in a significant improvement in elective discharges. After nine months the West Coast is up to schedule for the annual Improved Access to Elective Surgery target.

"At face value the DHB performance in the Increased Immunisation target has declined. However, analysis of the figures indicates that 97% of eligible two-year olds living on the West Coast (that have not declined or opted off the National Immunisation Register) have been immunised - this is a great result. The West Coast has a significant number of young children who are not immunised because of the wishes of their parents.

"Over the past few years we have put significant effort into determining the smoking status of DHB patients and offering them assistance to quit. So it is pleasing to report that the West Coast DHB has reached a level of 88% of patient smokers provided with advice, the fourth best performing DHB in New Zealand for the Better Help for Smokers to quit target.

"The Better Diabetes and Cardiovascular Services target has declined slightly as further patients have been identified as requiring diabetes management. These patients are now working with their General Practitioner to manage their condition.

"This quarter sees the introduction of a four-week target, down from the previous six-week target, in Shorter waits for Cancer Treatment. Radiation treatment for cancer patients is normally carried out for West Coast patients in Christchurch. Treatment was severely disrupted following the earthquake with patients needing to travel to one of the other cancer treatment facilities at Dunedin or Wellington.

"With all the disruption that this caused, three patients missed the new four-week target (one by personal choice), but all commenced treatment with six weeks. Cancer treatment services have now returned to normal for West Coasters at the Canterbury DHB.

"The results are the culmination of a lot of hard work by many people. I want to pay tribute to health professionals on the West Coast for their dedication to improving the health status of people living on the Coast," says Dr Paul McCormack, Chair of the West Coast DHB.

Further information on health targets

During the quarter the Ministry of Health and the National Health Board developed a series of health target booklets to share innovation, professional learnings and service improvement across each health target area. They are



For further information please contact

Bryan Jamieson
Community Liaison Officer
West Coast DHB
PO Box 387
Greymouth 7840
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Mobile: 027 245-9595
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