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Target result shows primary health smoking message getting through (Whanganui DHB)

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posted by WM Admin on 28 May 2015

Whanganui DHB media release, 27 May 2015

Primary health workers throughout the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) area have reason to celebrate as the Minister of Health’s national health targets results show primary care achieving the Better help for smokers to quit target for the first time with a 91 percent result. 
The results released today report the performance of DHBs against the six national health targets over the 2014/15 Quarter Three period of January to March 2015. Whanganui GP and national primary care tobacco target champion John McMenamin says he’s delighted to see the primary care Better help for smokers to quittarget reached in Whanganui.
“Whanganui health workers have every reason to celebrate. This result reflects the determination of primary health workers to encourage people to quit smoking,” Dr McMenamin says. “It’s a result that is very deserving as well as timely, with World Smokefree Day coming up on 31 May.”
While the WDHB narrowly missed out by one percent on achieving the 95 percent smoking target set for hospitals, the consistent results achieved for this target each quarter are a credit to the hospital staff offering advice and support for patients to quit smoking, says WDHB chief executive Julie Patterson.

Emergency Department clinical director Athol Steward is delighted that the WDHB’s hospital-wide efforts to admit, discharge or transfer 95 percent of patients from ED within the six-hour target, have been sustained. Dr Steward says it’s interesting to see the WDHB once again achieving 96 percent. “It shows consistency by the Whanganui Hospital’s entire clinical team and management.”
The 2014/15 Quarter Three national health target results show Whanganui district residents continue to enjoy a high access rate to elective surgical procedures with the DHB achieving 103 percent for the 100 percentImproved access to elective surgery.
But disappointingly, Whanganui’s result for the 95 percent Increased immunisation target has dropped to 86 percent. Whanganui Regional Health Network chief executive Judith McDonald says in addition to the 181 children who were immunised in this quarter, there were a further 19 children who did not receive their immunisation on time. “And given that the target performance includes families who have made an informed decision to decline immunisations, and, families who despite being offered support have not met the target timeline, the result is not surprising,” Mrs McDonald says.

Meanwhile, Mrs McDonald is delighted that for a third quarter in a row, Whanganui exceeded the 90 percent national target for More heart and diabetes checks by one percent. She says this is down to the dedicated efforts of general practice teams and the Whanganui Regional Health Network’s success in targeting patients who have not had a completed cardiovascular disease risk assessment.
Mrs Patterson is pleased with the steady progress being made on the new 85 percent Faster cancer treatmenttarget. This quarter’s 67 percent result is a five percent improvement on the 62 percent result achieved in the October to December quarter. The target asks that 85 percent of patients will receive their first cancer treatment (or other management) within 62 days of being referred as having a high suspicion of cancer. The target will increase to 90 percent by June 2017.

Click here for the full National Health Targets results table for 2014/15 Quarter 3.