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MDHB reaches national target for offering hospital patients help to quit smoking

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MidCentral District Health Board has achieved the national health quarterly target for the first time for offering advice and support to adult inpatients who are smokers to quit smoking.

​The 95 percent quarterly target has been in place since 2011-12, but MDHB has never managed to reach the target for any previous three-month period until now.

However, in the latest October-December 2014 period MDHB recorded 96.3%. 

Director Patient Safety and Clinical Effectiveness Muriel Hancock said this is a great result for the hospital and was largely a result of better electronic data capture, introduced in November.

“It is a fantastic result for everyone involved and a great effort by all of our staff. We would like to sustain the results going into the future with the longer term objective of reducing smoking related health issues in our community.

“We will continue to focus on this in the hospital setting whilst also supporting primary health to improve their performance against a similar target in the primary setting.”

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