Health targets improve at DHB
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.