Health Board hitting its targets

By Brendan Manning


Lakes District Health Board has reached or exceeded four of its six set targets, according to the latest update on the Ministry of Health health targets.

The targets are a set of national performance measures designed to improve the performance of health services.

The four targets reached by the Lakes board were help for smokers, increased immunisation, improved access to elective services and shorter waits for cancer treatment.

The board ranked first of the 20 boards for better help for smokers to quit.

Smokefree team leader and immunisation portfolio manager Pip King said the smokefree area was a demanding area of work for both hospital and primary care staff, and the results showed health professionals in the Lakes region were focused on helping patients quit.

On average, 92 per cent of patients attending the emergency departments at Rotorua and Taupo hospitals between September and December 2012 were admitted, discharged or transferred within six hours of arrival.

Lakes chief executive Ron Dunham said the board's progress towards meeting the shorter stays was commendable and the result of hard work by many people across the hospital. "These results reflect the commitment of those working across the health sector and are a good indication that people can have every confidence in the health services delivered in the Lakes region."

Clinical Services general manager Dale Oliff said the emergency department team were expecting to meet the ministry's 95 per cent target by the end of March.

The board exceeded the increased immunisation target which required 85 per cent of 8-month-old babies to have up-to-date immunisations by July 2013.

Ms King said a strong partnership between the board, primary care staff and child health professionals was behind the strong performance.

Shorter waits for cancer treatment retained the same overall result as the last quarter - 100 per cent - meaning everyone needing radiation treatment was able to receive it within four weeks of their first specialist assessment.

The health target result for more heart and diabetes checks increased 1 per cent on the previous quarter to reach 61 per cent.

However, the result was still below the ministry's target of 75 per cent of the eligible population to have had their cardiovascular risk assessed in the last five years by July 2013.


How Lakes DHB performed:


Shorter stays in emergency departments



  • Target: 95 per cent


  • Lakes DHB: 92 per cent


  • National average: 93 per cent

Improved access to elective surgery



  • Target: 100 per cent


  • Lakes DHB: 115 per cent


  • National average: 105 per cent

Increased immunisation



  • Target: 85 per cent


  • Lakes DHB: 88 per cent


  • National average: 89 per cent

Shorter waits for cancer treatment



  • Target: 100 per cent


  • Lakes DHB: 100 per cent


  • National average: 100 per cent

Better help for smokers to quit



  • Target: 95 per cent


  • Lakes DHB: 100 per cent


  • National average: 95 per cent

More heart and diabetes checks



  • Target: 75 per cent


  • Lakes DHB: 61 per cent


  • National average: 55 per cent


- ROTORUA DAILY POST

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