MidCentral District Health Board has achieved the national quarterly target for discharging or transferring patients within six hours from its Emergency Department for the first time.
The national target of 95% of patients being treated within the timeframe was achieved for the October-December 2014 quarter, when the result was 95.2%.
Operations Director, Hospital Services Lyn Horgan has praised staff throughout the organisation on achieving the results – the first since the target was introduced in 2009/10.
“While the process toward achieving the target has been slowly improving over time, it has been a concerted effort in recent months by a large number of staff and departments. They have made big changes with patient flow improvements and discharging well people out of hospital in a timely manner. All their work has made the biggest differences to us achieving this positive outcome.
“While this result is to be commended and celebrated by all staff involved we need to continue the momentum to try and sustain those great results in the future. It has to be remembered that the last quarter of the year is generally known as one of the quieter periods in all hospital work, so with the coming build-up toward higher winter demand for beds this will be an equally challenging period for us to maintain these improvements.
“While MidCentral Health is proud that it has been able to achieve a 95% quarterly result we are mindful that maintaining the drive and the learning gained through the second half of last year will be required if we are to continue to achieve the 95% in future quarters,” she said.
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