WDHB placed high on the health target leader board
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The Whanganui District Health Board’s (WDHB) publically stated commitment to see the WDHB placed in the top 10 for each of the six health targets has all but been achieved.
 
The Ministry of Health’s third quarter health target results released this week show the WDHB placed in the top four of five of the six results giving the District Health Board and Whanganui’s primary care sector a lot to celebrate.
 
Results released on Sunday show Whanganui placed:
 
  • First equal with all 20 DHBs having achieved 100 percent for Shorter Waits for the Cancer Treatment target that all patients, ready-for-treatment, wait less than four weeks for radiotherapy.
  • Second for the new Heart and Diabetes checks with 59 percent – 1 percent short of the target that by July 2012, 60 percent of the eligible population will have their cardiovascular risk assessed in the last five years.
  • Second for Better Help for Smokers to Quit with 97 percent – 2 percent more than the 95 percent target for hospitalised smokers to be provided with advice and help to quit.
  • Third for Shorter Stays in Emergency Departments – 3 percent more than the 95 percent target for patients to be admitted, discharged or transferred from an emergency department within six hours.
  • Fourth with 111 percent, for the volume of elective surgery to be increased by an average of 4000 discharges per year. The same result was achieved by Counties Manukau placing the Whanganui and Counties Manukau DHBs in second place behind Lakes and Taranaki DHBs which shared top of the table with 121 percent.
  • Sixteenth place for Increased Immunisation with 89 percent against the target of 95 percent of two-year-olds being fully immunised by July 2012.
 
WDHB chief executive Julie Patterson says to see Whanganui positioned as one of the country’s top performing DHBs against the targets is very pleasing. “Good achievements against the targets, results in
better health for the community. I’m particularly pleased with the WDHB’s move from 10th to third on the table for Shorter Stays in Emergency Departments (ED).
 
“Our ED results are a reflection of the overall performance of the entire hospital and how well the staff, in the various departments, are working together. Once again I acknowledge the excellent contribution made by the primary health organisations towards achieving the targets, especially their role in the heart and diabetes and immunisation targets.”
 
Meanwhile, WDHB service and business planning portfolio manager Melissa Cragg says while the immunisation results look a little disappointing, “it’s important to see them in perspective”. “To achieve the 95 percent target we would have had to immunise four more children and I know that primary care staff working in the Whanganui district are doing everything they can to reach every child,” Dr Cragg says.
 
“We have to accept that some parents choose not to immunise their children and some children miss their immunisations due to illness or other events. It’s disappointing, but we will continue to encourage families to complete all vaccinationsin a timely manner.”



Eligibility criteria for the new Cardiovascular and Diabetes Risk Assessment: 

CVD Risk Assessment 

The population eligible for CVDRA is as follows:

  • Males of Maori, Pacific, or Indian sub-continent* ethnicity aged 35-74 years at the end of the reporting period and enrolled with PHO
  • Females of Maori, Pacific, or Indian sub-continent* ethnicity aged 45-74 years at the end of the reporting period and enrolled with PHO
  • Males of any other ethnicity aged 45-74 years at the end of the reporting period and enrolled with PHO
  • Females of any other ethnicity aged 55-74 years at the end of the reporting period and enrolled with PHO