Health targets – 2012/13 quarter two – results summary

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Shorter stays in emergency departments

The target: The target is 95 percent of patients will be admitted, discharged, or transferred from an Emergency Department (ED) within six hours. The target is a measure of the efficiency of flow of acute (urgent) patients through public hospitals, and home again. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: National performance in the Shorter stays in emergency departments target increased by 1.8 percent to 93.3 percent this quarter with nine DHBs achieving the target of 95 percent. Quarter two results have been improving year on year with the current performance showing a 1.1 percent increase on the result for the same period last year.

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Shorter Stays Health target result summary. The health target was 95%. The following DHBs met the health target: West Coast, Waitemata, Whanganui, Nelson Marlborough, South Canterbury, Counties Manukau, Tairawhiti, Wairarapa and Auckland DHBs. The following DHBs did not meet the health target: Canterbury, Hawke's Bay, Northland, Taranaki, Hutt Valley, Lakes, Bay of Plenty, MidCentral, Southern, Capital & Coast and Waikato DHBs.Elective surgery icon

Improved access to elective surgery

The target: The target is an increase in the volume of elective surgery by at least 4,000 discharges per year. DHBs planned to deliver 74,799 discharges for the year to date, and have delivered 3932 more. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: The Improved access to elective surgery target has been achieved this quarter with 78,731 elective surgical discharges provided, against a target of 74,799 discharges.  This is 3932 (5 percent) more than planned.

Results by DHB: (How to read the graphs)(How to read the graphs)
Elective surgery health targets result table. The health target was 100%. The following DHBs met the health target: Northland, Lakes, Taranaki, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawke's Bay, Counties Manukau, Canterbury, MidCentral, Waitemata, Whanganui, Wairarapa, West Coast, South Canterbury, Nelson Marlborough and Auckland. The following DHBs did not meet the health target: Hutt Valley, Southern, Capital & Coast and Tairawhiti.

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Shorter waits for cancer treatment

The target: The target is all patients, ready-for-treatment, wait less than four weeks for radiotherapy or chemotherapy. Six regional cancer centre DHBs provide radiation oncology services. These centres are in Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Medical oncology services are provided by the majority of DHBs. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: Nationally 100 percent of patients, who were ready for treatment, received their radiotherapy and chemotherapy within four weeks of the decision to treat in the Shorter waits for cancer treatment target.

Results by DHB: (How to read the graphs)
Shorter waits for cancer treatment health target results. The health target was 100%. All DHBs met the health target.

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Increased immunisation

The target: The national immunisation target is 85 percent of eight-month-olds have their primary course of immunisation at six weeks, three months and five months on time by July 2013, 90 percent by July 2014 and 95 percent by December 2014. This quarterly progress result includes children who turned eight months between October and December 2012 and who were fully immunised at that stage. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: The national eight-month national immunisation coverage for the second quarter is 89 percent, a 1.9 percent increase from the previous quarter and 4 percent above the national Increased immunisation target. Fifteen DHBs exceeded the 85 percent target.

Results by DHB: (How to read the graphs)
Increased immunisation health target results. The health target was 85%. The following DHBs met the health target: MidCentral, South Canterbury, Hutt Valley, Capital & Coast, Southern, Waitemata, Hawke's Bay, Canterbury, Wairarapa, Auckland, Nelson Marlborough, Whanganui, Lakes, Taranaki and Counties Manukau. The following DHBs did not meet the health target: West Coast, Bay of Plenty, Northland, Waikato and Tairawhiti.

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Better help for smokers to quit

The target: The target is 95 percent of patients who smoke and are seen by a health practitioner in public hospitals, and 90 percent of patients who smoke and are seen by a health practitioner in primary care, are offered brief advice and support to quit smoking. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: The hospital component of the Better help for smokers to quit target was 94.6 percent; this is the first time the national result will be shown as achieved in published target tables (rounded to 95 percent). Twelve DHBs achieved the target.

Performance for the primary care target was 42.6 percent. Although no DHBs met the primary care target, 16 DHBs improved their performance (13 have improved their results by more than 1 percent).

Results by DHB: (How to read the graphs(How to read the graphs))
Better help for smokers to quit health target results. The health target for hospitals is 95%. The following DHBs met the health target: Lakes, Hawke's Bay, Northland, Wairarapa, South Canterbury, Hutt Valley, Waitemata, Bay of Plenty, Nelson Marlborough, Capital & Coast, Counties Manukau and Auckland. The following DHBs did not meet the health target: Waikato, Tairawhiti, Whanganui, Taranaki, Southern, Canterbury, MidCentral and West Coast. The health target for primary care is 90%. No DHBs met this target.

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More heart and diabetes checks

The target: This target is 90 percent of the eligible population will have had their cardiovascular risk assessed in the last five years to be achieved in stages by July 2014. The current stage is to achieve 75 percent by July 2013. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: The national quarter one result for the More heart and diabetes check target is 55.3 percent, an increase of 3.1 percent on last quarter. Although no DHBs met the target, 19 have improved their performance (18 DHBs improved their performance by more than 1 percent from quarter one).

Results by DHB (How to read the graphs)
More heart and diabetes checks health target results. The health target is 75%. No DHBs met this target.