Summary of district health board performance against the health targets for the third quarter 2011/12.
- Shorter stays in emergency departments
- Improved access to elective surgery
- Shorter waits for cancer treatment
- Increased immunisation
- Better help for smokers to quit
- More heart and diabetes checks
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: Results for the Shorter stays in emergency departments target are again the highest since the target was introduced, with a national result of 93 percent, a 1.3 percent performance increase compared with quarter two 2011/12. Of the 247,799 patient presentations to emergency departments this quarter, 231,651 were admitted, discharged or transferred within six hours.
Improved access to elective surgery
The target: The target is an increase in the volume of elective surgery by an average of 4000 discharges per year. Find out more about this target.
Results summary: The national target for Improved access to elective surgery was achieved again this quarter, with 111,794 elective surgical discharges provided, against a target of 106,783 discharges. This is 5011 (5 percent) more than planned.
Shorter waits for cancer treatment
The target: The target is all patients, ready-for-treatment, wait less than four weeks for radiotherapy. Six regional oncology centres provide radiation oncology services. These centres are in Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.
Results summary: All DHBs achieved the Shorter waits for cancer treatment target. Nationally 100 percent of patients, who were ready-for-treatment, received their radiation treatment within four weeks of their first specialist radiation oncology assessment.
The target: The national immunisation target is 95 percent of two year olds will be fully immunised by July 2012. This quarterly progress result includes children who turned two years between January and March 2012 and who were fully immunised at that stage.
Results summary: National immunisation coverage increased from 91.6 percent in quarter two 2011/12, to 92.2 percent against a target of 95 percent for the total population in the Increased immunisation health target. Of the 16,184 children eligible to be immunised in quarter three, 14,926 children were fully immunised by two years old.
Better help for smokers to quit
The target: The target is that 95 percent of hospitalised smokers will be provided with advice and help to quit by July 2012. The data covers patients presenting to Emergency Departments, day stay and other hospital based interventions.
Results summary: There has been good progress in the Better help for smokers to quit hospital target. The national result increased from 89.3 percent in quarter two to 91.3 percent of smokers being offered help and advice to quit nationally in quarter three 2011/12. The number of hospitalised smokers identified this quarter was 34,308 and 31,339 have received brief advice. Provisional results for the Better help for smokers to quit primary care target can be found in the Source data and comments from the Target Champions for quarter three (xls, 5.36 MB)
More heart and diabetes checks
The target: The target is that, by July 2012, 60 percent of the eligible population will have had their cardiovascular risk assessed in the last five years. This target will increase in stages each year to 90 percent by July 2014.
Results summary: This is the first time results for the new target More heart and diabetes checks are being reported. The national result is 46 percent against a target of 60 percent by 30 June 2012. Due to issues with data collection processes, results are being published as provisional this quarter. Because this is a new health target, no comparison can be made between the results this quarter and data from the previous quarter. Results for the diabetes indicators from the previous Better diabetes and cardiovascular services health target can be found in the Source data and comments from the Target Champions for quarter three (xls, 5.36 MB)