Health targets – 2014/15 quarter 3 – results summary

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Shorter stays in emergency departments


The target: The target is 95% of patients will be admitted, discharged, or transferred from an Emergency Department (ED) within 6 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 health target was achieved for the first time with a result of 94.5% rounded to 95% in public reporting. Fourteen DHBs met the 95% target.

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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. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: The national Improved access to elective surgery health target has been achieved with 123,585 elective surgical discharges provided, against a year-to-date target of 115,588. This is 7997 (6.9%) more than planned. Seventeen DHBs met their quarter three target.

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Faster cancer treatment


The target: The target is 85% of patients receive their first cancer treatment (or other management) within 62 days of being referred with a high suspicion of cancer and a need to be seen within two weeks by July 2016, increasing to 90% by June 2017. Results cover those patients who received their first cancer treatment between October 2014 and March 2015. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: This is the second quarter of public reporting of the Faster cancer treatment health target results. Nationally, results increased by 1.6% compared with the previous quarter to 67.4%. No DHB met the 85% target.

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Increased immunisation


The target: The national immunisation target is 95% of eight-month-olds have their primary course of immunisation at 6 weeks, 3 months and 5 months on time. This quarterly progress result includes children who turned eight-months between January to March 2015 and who were fully immunised at that stage. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: The national coverage result for infant immunisation at eight-months of age decreased 0.6% compared with the previous quarter to 92.9% but was 1.5% higher than the same quarter in 2013/14. The results are in line with historical expectations for quarter three because of the difficulty in vaccinating children during the summer holidays.

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Better help for smokers to quit


The target: The target is 95% of patients who smoke and are seen by a health practitioner in public hospitals, and 90% 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: Results for the Better help for smokers to quit primary care target shows national performance is 89.1%*, a 0.5% increase compared with last quarter. Twelve DHBs met the 90% target.

* MidCentral DHB: Data has been made available since results were first published on 26 May 2015.

The Better help to smokers to quit hospital target was achieved for the ninth consecutive quarter with a result of 95.6%, a 0.5% increase on quarter two. Sixteen DHBs met the 95% target.

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More heart and diabetes checks


The target: The target is 90% of the eligible population will have had their cardiovascular risk assessed in the last 5 years. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: The national quarter three result for the More heart and diabetes checks target is 87.9%, an increase of 0.9% on last quarter’s result. Eight DHBs achieved the 90% target and a further ten DHBs had results at or above 85%.

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