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C&C DHB Response To The Release Of The Quarter 2 Health Target Results

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C&C DHB Response To The Release Of The Quarter 2 Health Target Results

C&C DHB has worked hard to show improvements (or remaining at 100%) in all but one target this quarter, despite the national Health Targets being introduced only late last year.

This shows our commitment to making improvements to these goals and we have put in place a number of initiatives - which are already showing a positive effect.

As with all new policies and procedures, these targets will take some time to bed down to ensure accuracy in collecting and reporting the appropriate data. But we are confident the next quarter will show even better results.

While our results for shorter stays in the Emergency Department is lower than hoped at this early stage, we have shown we are improving. These results are from the end of last year and more recent data has shown that now the new initiatives are taking effect, figures are on the up.

There have already been days when we have exceeded the target and we are analysing what we have done on those days to see how we can replicate this effectiveness at all times.

We have put a concerted focus on our efforts in this department and have fast-tracked our awareness campaign for staff of the 6-hour rule. This has involved using a range of communications mechanisms and additional training for staff.

Our main priority is ensuring our patients receive the most appropriate and fastest treatment to meet their needs and we will continue to look for ways to improve service delivery.

We are confident of a sustained improvement in this Health Target going forward.

While it appears our elective surgery rates have decreased slightly, it is important to note that these targets show only procedures done for our local community. While we are primarily here to serve our local people, C&C DHB must also provide high level specialist services to the wider region - a population of about 900,000 people spanning the bottom half of the North Island the top half of the South Island.

The past quarter has seen an increase in the number of acute cases coming to us from outside our district. We must prioritise urgent cases and while this has led to a small decrease in local elective procedures this quarter, we are still managing to deliver 95% of our local elective surgery as planned. We anticipate this rate will improve in the next quarter.

C&C DHB has continued to be able to offer radiation treatment to 100% of patients needing it within the timeframes of the target.

Immunisation rates for C&C DHB's population have again increased and are consistently higher than the national average.

We will continue to strengthen our immunisation programme and work on maintaining key linkages with stakeholders and members of our community to improve education and promotion of the importance of immunisation.

Our target for better help for smokers to quit has increased markedly this quarter. C&C DHB has developed and begun implementation of an Action Plan which includes several initiatives to promote services to help smokers quit.

These include increased awareness of quit services through additional signage, promotional material and marketing. These initiatives use multiple communications channels to reach different audiences, with tailored resources for Maori and Pacific Island people. Progress of this Action Plan will continue over the upcoming months.

The result for the Better Diabetes and Cardiovascular Services target is an averaging of three distinct indicators - a CVD interim indicator of blood glucose and lipid testing; diabetes detection and follow-up and diabetes management.

While C&C DHB has achieved a better result this quarter, we acknowledge there is more work to be done on detecting and managing diabetes in the community. We are working closely with our colleagues in primary care to improve this, including having diabetes nurse specialists work directly in and with primary care.

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