Summary of district health board performance against the health targets for the fourth 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 93.8 percent, a 0.3 percent performance increase compared with quarter three 2011/12. Of the 233,329 patient presentations to emergency departments this quarter, 218,783 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 4,000 discharges per year. Find out more about this target.
Results summary: The national Improved access to elective surgery target has been achieved with 152,991 elective surgical discharges provided, against a 2011/12 target of 144,000 discharges. This is 8991 (6 percent) more than planned. All DHBs have met their full year health target plan.
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 April and June 2012 and who were fully immunised at that stage.
Results summary: National immunisation coverage increased from 92.2 percent in quarter three 2011/12, to 93.1 percent against a target of 95 percent for the total population in the Increased immunisation health target. Of the 15,769 children eligible to be immunised in quarter four, 14,674 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: The national result for the Better help for smokers to quit hospital target increased from 91.3 percent in quarter three to 93.6 percent of smokers being offered help and advice to quit nationally in quarter four 2011/12. Over 35,900 hospitalised smokers have been identified in quarter four and 33,631 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 individual target graphs for quarter four
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: The provisional national result for the More heart and diabetes checks target is 48.7 percent against a target that 60 percent of the eligible adult population will have had their cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk assessed in the last five years by July 2012. This is an increase of 2.7 percent on last quarter. Results for the diabetes indicators from the previous Better diabetes and cardiovascular services health target can be found in the Source data and individual target graphs for quarter four