MidCentral District Health Board has shown strong performance against the six national health targets for the October to December 2015 quarter.
MDHB Chief Executive Kathryn Cook said: “In this period we met the goals for more heart and diabetes checks, achieving immunisation coverage rates for eight month old infants, and we achieved the expected increase in the number of patients discharged following elective surgery. Although not meeting target, we increased the proportion of people who smoke being offered advice and help to quit in primary health care settings, and we continued improving with shorter stays in the Emergency Department. We also saw an increase in performance for faster cancer treatment.
“I would like to thank all staff for their commitment to meeting these targets. We continue to show improvements and good results across the board. Well done to you all, and keep up the good work.”
Results for all 20 DHBs were released today. A summary of our results this quarter (October - December) across all the national health targets is provided below.
We continued to experience very high numbers of people attending the Emergency Department this quarter. Even so, we managed to ensure that 10,146 (94 percent) of the 10,759 people who attended the Emergency Department (ED) were admitted, discharged or transferred within six hours of presenting. This represents a one percentage point improvement on the previous quarter result and is the same as the national average.
Over this quarter, 3954 patients were discharged following their elective, or arranged, surgery – this is above of our planned target by 42 discharges (1 percent above the target for the quarter). Although our wards remained busy with acute patients we still managed to undertake all the elective surgery we had planned.
We continue to work toward achieving the national target for faster cancer treatment. Since July 72 of 87 (83 percent) eligible patients received their first treatment within 62 days of being referred. For this last quarter of October to December 35 (81 percent) of the 43 patients for whom there was a high suspicion of cancer had their first treatment within 62 days of being referred. Several projects for surgical patients are being undertaken to aid delivery of faster cancer treatment for eligible patients. The national average was 75 percent and the target is to achieve 85 percent by the end of June 2016.
Although not quite achieving target, the primary health component of the national target for offering brief advice and support to quit smoking continues to improve with a result of 89 percent. Of the 22,309 enrolled patients who were identified as current smokers, 19,747 have been offered brief advice and support to quit smoking over the past 12 months. The national average was 85 percent this quarter.
We continue to do well with the other two components of this national target – offering brief advice and support to quit smoking to pregnant women and for smokers who are admitted to hospital; achieving targets in both instances. Of the 390 pregnant women seen by Lead Maternity Carers over this quarter, 64 identified as current smokers; 94 percent (60) were offered brief advice and support to quit. The majority of people who are admitted to hospital are offered brief advice and support to quit smoking – 97 percent of 1150 people this quarter, a small increase on the previous periods (note the results for the maternity and hospital components of this target are not published in the chart below, but are reported on the Ministry’s website).
Our result for eight month old infants being fully immunised remained above target with 96 percent of the eligible infants fully immunised on time this quarter. While this was an excellent result and better than the national target for our total population, we need to continue our effort to improve our rates for Maori infants being fully immunised on time – we were just short of target at 94 percent of the 190 eligible Maori infants this quarter.
The proportion of our population that have had their risk for cardiovascular disease assessed in the last five years further increased this quarter. The proportion of the total expected number of people to have had a risk assessment increased to 91 percent (43,482) of the 48,062 eligible enrolled adults and this achieves the national goal (90 percent). Our rates for Maori and Pacific people are not as good though (84 percent), and we continue with our efforts on improving these results over the next few months.
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