WDHB reaches or surpasses all six national health targets
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26 August 2014
 
The latest national health target results released today are a tribute to the professionalism and expertise of health care staff working across the region says Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) acting chief executive Brian Walden.
 
The WDHB not only reached all six health targets but it surpassed five of them with 96 percent for the 95 percent Shorter stays in Emergency Departments target; 106 percent for the 100 percent Improved access to elective surgery target; 95 percent for the 90 percent Increased immunisation target; 97 percent for the 95 percent Better help for smokers to Quit target; and 91 percent for the 90 percent More heart and diabetes checks target. For the remaining 100 percent Shorter waits for Cancer Treatment target, the WDHB scored 100 percent.
 
Whanganui GP John McMenamin says he’s delighted with the results for More heart and diabetes checks and Increased immunisation which are led by the primary care sector. Dr McMenanim says Whanganui’s health care workers have worked tirelessly to lift the region’s immunisation rates and that effort has now paid off. The same principle applies to More heart and diabetes checks which achieved a five percent lift since the previous quarter.
 
On a different note, Dr McMenamin who is also the national tobacco targets champion says he was  disappointed that the primary care sector’s Better help for smokers to quit  result dropped from 84 percent to 76 percent.  “The decrease is unfortunate so we have put actions in place which we believe will see this result lift over time.”
 
While it was no surprise to see all 20 DHBs once again achieve 100 percent for the 100 percent Shorter waits for cancer treatment target, Mr Walden says it’s a result that should never be taken lightly because it requires dedication and effort from many staff working across Whanganui and MidCentral DHBs. “It’s a collaborative effort between the two teams to ensure that Whanganui’s cancer patients wait less than four weeks for radiotherapy or chemotherapy.”       
 
In the meantime, the WDHB is delighted with the Shorter stays in Emergency Departments result and the fact they had improved by one percent. WDHB Emergency Department head Athol Steward says it’s an important quality target for emergency departments to reach because it’s a hospital-wide target which requires every department to function efficiently to cut out unnecessary delays in the process of delivering care.
 
Mr Walden says he’s sure the Whanganui community will be pleased and reassured to know the WDHB is performing so well. “We’re a small DHB but I believe we are serving our population very well in all six target areas. I want to thank every member of staff who has contributed to these results.”
 
Click here to view the full WDHB National Health Target results table