Health tar­gets im­prove at DHB

Rotorua Review - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - BENN BATH­GATE

Lakes DHB has moved from bot­tom to tenth place in the quar­terly health tar­get rank­ings for faster can­cer treat­ment.

The fig­ures have been re­leased as part of the quar­terly Dis­trict Health Board re­sults, show­ing Lakes DHB stand­ing at 78 per cent against a tar­get of 85 per cent for pa­tients to re­ceive their first can­cer treat­ment, or other man­age­ment, within 62 days of be­ing re­ferred with a high sus­pi­cion of can­cer.

Lakes DHB medicine ser­vices man­ager Jane Chit­ten­den said the up­wards move in the re­sults was due to a huge amount of work by staff along­side the Mid­land Can­cer Net­work team to stream­line care pro­vi­sion.

‘‘A ma­jor ben­e­fit has been the in­tro­duc­tion of a 62-day data­base which iden­ti­fies those pa­tients with a high sus­pi­cion of can­cer,’’ she said.

‘‘The data­base shows the amount of time a pa­tient has been on the high sus­pi­cion of can­cer path­way, and is shared with key staff, en­sur­ing pa­tients and pro­ce­dures hap­pen in a timea­greed man­ner.’’

Lakes DHB also moved up two points to 91 per cent for shorter stays in the Emer­gency De­part- - Im­proved shorter stays in ED - im­proved ac­cess to elec­tive surgery - im­proved faster can­cer treat­ment - de­creased im­mu­ni­sa­tion

ment (ED) against a tar­get of 95 per cent of pa­tients be­ing ad­mit­ted, dis­charged or trans­ferred from an ED within six hours.

Progress was also made in tar­gets for im­proved ac­cess to elec­tive surgery and Lakes DHB re­mained top of the coun­try’s 20 DHBs for bet­ter help for smok­ers to quit.

The new health tar­get of help­ing raise healthy kids saw Lakes DHB at sixth spot on 62 per cent.

The tar­get is that by De­cem­ber 2017, 95 per cent of chil­dren iden­ti­fied as obese will be re­ferred to a health pro­fes­sional.

The only fall was in re­sults for in­creased im­mu­ni­sa­tion, down one point to 90 per cent.

Lakes DHB chief ex­ec­u­tive Ron Dun­ham said he was pleased to see a lift in re­sults and that con­sid­er­able ef­fort was be­hind the progress.

‘‘It’s good to see a lift in the shorter stays in ED tar­get re­sults as im­prove­ment has taken a long time for this tar­get,’’ he said.

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