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August 27, 2013

West Coast on a roll for health targets

The West Coast District Health Board achieved two health targets it’s never met before and continued its exceptional performance in other key areas during Quarter Four.

West Coast DHB's Health Targets webpage

The Coast has achieved its immunisation target for the first time, with 93 percent of all eight month-olds fully immunised (the national target is 85 percent) and has also met the hospitalised smokers health target for the first time, with 95 percent of hospitalised smokers having received help and advice to quit.

These two targets are included in the seven national health targets set by the Minister of Health that DHBs have to report against on a quarterly basis.

David Meates, West Coast DHB chief executive, says the results are something to be very proud of.

“I’m absolutely thrilled at the results we’ve achieved this quarter. It’s a reflection of the amazing hard work and commitment from those in the West Coast health system,” Mr Meates says.

“I’m particularly impressed at us meeting the immunisation target. For a long time this has been a tough one to crack given the geographical isolation of West Coast communities and the challenges associated with that. Achieving this target shows a remarkable effort by our General Practice teams to lift our performance in this area and improve the health of the community.”

Mr Meates says another outstanding result is the West Coast DHB has again topped the rest of the country for the Emergency Department health target with almost 100 percent of people admitted or discharged within six hours.
“This is a really great result again from the team,” Mr Meates says.

Other encouraging results at a primary care level were the performance against the primary care smokers health target, with 55 percent of smokers attending primary care receiving help and advice to quit. Activities continue to focus on improving data capture, feedback and training.

Performance against the heart checks health target also increased slightly to 58.4 percent of the eligible enrolled West Coast population having had a cardiovascular risk assessment in the last five years. 

“There is still some way to go to meeting these targets and they are a key focus with a range of activities are occurring to follow up eligible patients and provide risk assessments, including active recall to nurse-led clinics and targeting of high-need patients.

“We expect that the installation of the clinical audit tool in the next quarter will also support improvement in both these targets.”

The West Coast DHB has performed exceptionally well in Quarter 4:

  • Achieved 93 percent of all eight month-old fully immunised (the national target is 85 percent).
  • Achieved the ED health target, with 99.6 percent of people admitted or discharged within six hours.
  • Achieved 106 percent of the full-year electives health target, delivering 1,686 elective surgeries.
  • Achieved the faster cancer treatment health target, with 100 percent of patients ready for radiation therapy or chemotherapy beginning treatment within 4 weeks of their specialist assessment.
  • Met the hospitalised smokers health target for the first time, with 95 percent of hospitalised smokers having received help and advice to quit.

Health target performance improving, in the following areas:

  • General practices’ performance against the primary care smokers health target continues to show modest increases, with 55 percent of smokers attending primary care receiving help and advice to quit.
  • Performance against the heart checks health target has slightly increased to 58.4 percent of the eligible enrolled West Coast population having had a cardiovascular risk assessment in the last five years.

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For further information contact:

Amy Milne
Media Advisor
Canterbury and West Coast District Health Boards
T: 03 364 4122 or ext: 62122
M: 027 502 7523
F: 03 364 4101
or ext: 62101
Level 2, The Princess Margaret Hospital, Christchurch

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