Health targets – 2012/13 quarter three – 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: The Shorter stays in emergency departments target continued the trend of increased performance in quarter three, reaching 94.0 percent; the highest result yet. This is consistent with quarter three results from the last two years where improved results reflect an easing of the increased pressure on services over the winter months. The number of DHBs meeting the target increased to 11.

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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 4000 discharges per year. DHBs planned to deliver 109,293 discharges for the year to date, and have delivered 6878 more. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: The national Improved access to elective surgery target has been achieved, with 116,171 elective surgical discharges provided, against a target of 109,293 discharges. This is 6878 (6 percent) more than planned. Fifteen DHBs have achieved their quarter three target.

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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.

Results summary: For the Shorter waits for cancer treatment target the national result is 99.9 percent. All but one of the patients, who were ready-for-treatment, received their radiotherapy and chemotherapy within four weeks of the decision to treat.

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.

* One patient, who was ready-for-treatment, waited four weeks and two days for chemotherapy during quarter three.

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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 January  and March 2013 and who were fully immunised at that stage. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: The Increased immunisation target was 89 percent this quarter. Coverage remains the same as quarter two however this is still very good progress as the new Health Target aims to achieve coverage of 85 percent of eight-month-olds fully immunised by June 2013. Seventeen DHBs have achieved the 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 94.8 percent (rounded to 95 percent) with 12 DHBs achieving the target. National performance for the primary care target was 51 percent, an 8.4 percent improvement on quarter two. One DHB met the primary care target, and 18 DHBs improved their performance compared to the previous quarter (17 DHBs improved by more than 1 percent). This is the first quarter where DHB performance against the Better help for smokers to quit targets is ranked according to the primary care result.

 

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 More heart and diabetes checks target reached 58.9 percent this quarter, an improvement of 3.6 percent compared with quarter two. Nineteen DHBs have improved their performance (18 DHBs improved by more than 1 percent). Although no DHBs have yet met the target of 75 percent, 13 are achieving 60 percent or more.

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.

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