Whanganui scores country's top immunisation result

28 August 2013
The Ministry of Health’s quarter four (April-June) national health target results released today show the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) placed top of the leader board for Increased immunisation.
Julie Patterson WDHB chief executive described the result as a great achievement for the Whanganui health community which saw the WDHB district leaping from seventh place with 92 percent to first place with 96 percent in the space of three months. The target asks for 85 percent.
Mrs Patterson said WDHB, Whanganui Regional Health Network (WRHN) and National Immunisation Register staff have worked extremely hard at promoting and delivering immunisations to Whanganui families “and the target result shows their efforts are paying off”.
Also pleasing for the WDHB was the 97 percent score it achieved for Shorter Stays in Emergency Departments target - 2 percent above the 95 percent target.
Mrs Patterson said to perform well with this target shows the Whanganui community is being well served in getting timely hospital service and, that staff throughout the WDHB are admitting, discharging, or transferring patients from ED within the six-hour target. “It demonstrates patient-flow is efficient across the whole hospital,” she said.
The WDHB was pleased to once again achieve 100 percent against the 100 percent target for both Improved Access to Elective Surgery and Shorter Waits for Cancer Treatment.
But another highlight for Mrs Patterson was seeing the WDHB achieve 96 percent for Better Help for Smokers to Quit. She congratulated primary health for reaching 62 percent – a big improvement on their 42 result last quarter. The target is 95 percent for hospitals and 90 percent for primary health.
WDHB health promotion professional advisor Lauren Tamehana said she found it pleasing to see DHBs throughout the whole Central Region making good progress on the Better Help for Smokers to Quit  target. “It’s taking a concerted effort by health workers across the board to support smokers as they move towards becoming smokefree and we build towards the 2025 Smokefree New Zealand goal,” she said.   
For more Heart and Diabetes Checks the WDHB achieved 72 percent – just three points below the 75 percent target.
“In 2012/13 we’ve seen a steady increase in achievement from 59 percent in quarter one to the quarter four result of 72 percent,” said WDHB portfolio manager primary care Candace Sixtus. “While the target of 75 percent by July 2013 was not achieved, substantial work has been undertaken by primary care to complete the checks.
“Additional funding announced as part of the 2013 Budget is expected to be used to support primary health organisations and general practices achieve the More Heart and Diabetes Checks target.”

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