WDHB meets four of six national health targets

24 May 2016
Despite the fact the national Increased immunisation and Faster cancer treatment health targets continue to elude the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB), staff are pleased the WDHB reached its other quarter three health targets.
For the January to March quarter, Whanganui Hospital’s Emergency Department posted 96 percent for the 95 percent for Shorter Stays in Emergency Departments which Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) chief executive Julie Patterson says reflects well on staff hospital-wide who aim to admit, discharge or transfer patients from ED within the six-hour target.
While the WDHB was pleased to achieve exactly 95 percent for its 95 percent Better help for smokers target (see the Ministry of Health’s website www.health.govt.nz/healthtargets), the Whanganui Regional Health Network continues to work to improve on the primary health result for this same target.  
“And although we didn’t meet our 85 percent Faster cancer treatment target, I see our 80 percent result as positive given that we’ve been climbing steadily for the past three quarters from 44 percent in Quarter one, followed by 60 percent in Quarter two and now 80 percent in Quarter three,” Mrs Patterson says. “I know our staff are working very hard to reach this target.”
But Mrs Patterson says the immunisation result continues to frustrate her – 92 percent for the 95 percent target.
 “Despite the best efforts of Whanganui’s immunisation team, a small number of families are still choosing not to immunise their children and small numbers of eight-month-old children are still not receiving their six-week, three-month and five–month immunisations on time.”
“Regrettably, with a population the size of Whanganui’s, small numbers of decliners have a significant impact on the district’s immunisation results,” Mrs Patterson says. “In total, the families of 11 children declined vaccinations and a further four children did not receive their vaccinations on time.
“While WDHB staff acknowledge that parents have the right to decline immunisation, we also recognise that the children of those parents only enjoy protection from a number of diseases because of the responsible actions of the parents who have had their children immunised. The one bright spot is that the number of families declining immunisations is finally dropping.”
Other pleasing results for the WDHB were to achieve 113 percent result against the 100 percent target for Improved Access to Elective Surgery along with the fact that for the More heart and diabetes checks target of 90 percent, 92 percent of people eligible for cardiovascular risk assessments in the last five years have had their assessment.

Click here for the full National Health Targets results table