Taranaki District Health Board Health Targets 2014-2015 - Third Quarter (January - March)

26 May 2015

first quarter health targets of 2012-2013

Taranaki DHB performs well in a number of health target areas

The third quarter health targets of 2014-2015 have been released by the Ministry of Health. 
Ministry of Health - Health Targets website

The results for Quarter Three of 2014/15 have been released by the Ministry of Health. 

Results indicate that in this quarter, the Taranaki DHB has performed well in improving access to elective surgeries. With results ahead of the national average, the DHB is also paving the way towards the new faster cancer treatment goal, currently ranking fourth in the country for this target. Taranaki DHB has also achieved its target of 95 percent for shorter stays in Emergency Departments.

Taranaki DHB Planning, Funding, and Population Health General Manager, Becky Jenkins said, “A focus on the six key areas is important to continue to improve health, reduce inequalities and improve the quality of health services for local people. This quarter’s results have seen Taranaki DHBs maintain performance in a number of areas.”

Taranaki DHB Chief Operating Officer Gillian Campbell said, “In terms of our hospital services, the results show people in Taranaki have improved access to elective surgery and that we are working hard to ensure patients referred with a high suspicion of cancer are treated in a timely manner.”

The health target results for Taranaki DHB are:

  1. Shorter stays in Emergency Departments: Target 95%, Achieved 95%

    95 percent of patients seen in Taranaki Emergency Departments were admitted, discharged, or transferred from the department within six hours.

    This result can be attributed to Taranaki DHB and Midland Health Network, the network of 99 percent of General Practitioners (GPs) in Taranaki, working closely together to ensure patients receive the right care, at the right place. That is, the Emergency Department for all emergencies, and their GP for other non-urgent medical needs.

    The target was achieved nationally for the first time against a continuing increase in the number of emergency department presentations with 4,481 more people attending this quarter when compared to quarter two.

  2. Improved Access to Elective Surgery: Target 100%, Achieved 120%

    Taranaki DHB has again achieved over the target of 100% (for the population) for the improved access to elective surgery target, with a 4 percent increase from quarter two 2014/2015 results. Taranaki DHB has delivered this across a wide range of surgical specialities and is ranked second for its performance.

    Assisting in this result has been an ongoing focus on ensuring patients are well prepared for surgery, and a continued reduction in day-of surgery-cancellations. Taranaki DHB is also undertaking a project to increase the surgical day procedure rate. This project is supported by the Ministry of Health.

    Significant benefits also continue to be realised from the implementation of the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) programmes.

    The national elective surgery health target has been achieved with 123,585 elective surgical discharges provided, against a year-to-date target of 115,588. This is 7997 (6.9 percent) more than planned.

  3. Faster Cancer Treatment: Target 85%, Achieved 72%

    This is the second quarter of public reporting of the new faster cancer treatment health target results. Nationally, results increased by 1.6 percent compared with the previous quarter to 67.4 percent overall. Data includes patients who received their first cancer treatment between October 2014 and March 2015. No DHBs have met the 85 percent target.

    Taranaki DHB plans to continue this strong performance, and its collaborative relationship with the MidCentral DHB, to continue to work towards the target.

    The target is 85 percent of patients receive their first cancer treatment (or other management) within 62 days of being referred with a high suspicion of cancer and a need to be seen within two weeks by July 2016, increasing to 90 percent by June 2017. Results cover those patients who received their first cancer treatment between July and December 2014.

  4. Increased Immunisation: Target 95%, Achieved 91%

    This quarter, 91 percent of Taranaki eight-month-olds were fully immunised. This is a decrease of 2% from the last quarter. These results are in line with historical expectations for quarter three because of the difficulty in vaccinating children during the summer holidays.

    Nationally, the increased immunisation health target, national coverage at eight months was 92.9 percent, an overall decrease of 0.6 percent compared with the previous quarter but 1.5 percent higher than the same quarter in 2013/14.

    Taranaki DHB has worked closely with primary care organisations, hospital services, outreach immunisation services, the National Immunisation Register and Well Child Providers on strategies to help improve our immunisation uptake, including early enrolment of new-borns with a GP.

    A high level of immunisation coverage (around 95%) is required to prevent community spread of two common infectious diseases - measles and whooping cough. Taranaki DHB and the wider sector are working together to increase activity through to June 2015, with the aim of reaching the 95% target.

  5. Better Help for Smokers to Quit (Hospital Target): Target 95%, Achieved 94%

    Taranaki DHB continues to work hard to ensure patients and visitors to its hospitals are given advice about quitting smoking. By supporting smokers to quit, the aim is to improve the health of those around them by reducing exposure to second hand smoke.

    A national total of 31,522 hospitalised smokers were offered brief advice and/or cessation support during quarter three, out of a possible 32,980.

  6. Better Help for Smokers to Quit (Primary Care Target): Target 90%, Achieved 86%

    Taranaki DHB is committed to working collaboratively with our Primary Care Organisation to continue to strengthen and implement a range of good practices to ensure all patients who smoke are offered or given effective stop smoking support.

  7. More Heart and Diabetes Checks: Target 90%, Achieved 91%

    This quarter, 91 percent of the eligible population had heart and diabetes checks. This is a one percent increase on Taranaki’s quarter one results.

    Diabetes and cardiovascular disease remains one of the main causes of ill health in Taranaki and Taranaki DHB continues to work hard to provide the best outcomes for these people.

    The implementation of a multidisciplinary team to support the care provided by GP practices, and the ongoing education of GP’s and practice nurses in the care and management of diabetic patients in the community, are just two examples. 

    Results show there were approximately 150,600 more checks provided in the five years to the end of March 2015 compared with the five years to the end of March 2014.



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