Variable achievement levels in Lakes DHB’s health target results
22/08/2017 8:54:52 a.m.

Tuesday 22 August 2017

Variable achievement levels in Lakes DHB’s Quarter 4 health target results

Lakes DHB has again met the better help for smokers to quit target. This target is for 90 per cent of PHO enrolled patients who smoke, have been offered help to quit smoking by a health care practitioner in the last 15 months. While the health target measures patients in primary care provided with advice to quit, the DHB as a sub target also provides this advice to all hospitalised smokers and pregnant women.

Lakes DHB says it wants all smokers to have access to free and successful quit smoking treatments.

Lakes District Health Board has dropped its performance against the faster cancer treatment target results for quarter four (April-June 2017) and has not met the target.

The new result stands at 77 per cent, against the target of 85 per cent of patients to receive their first cancer treatment (or other management) within 62 days of being referred with a high suspicion of cancer, and a need to be seen within two weeks.

Service Manager Jane Chittenden says 23 of the 27 patients met the 62 day indicator, however when combined with quarter 3 data, the overall achievement fell. She says it’s important to note both the January holiday period and the junior doctors’ strike fell in quarter 3. This result covers those patients who received their first cancer treatment between 1 January and 30 June 2017.

The fourth quarter increased immunisation result is disappointing as the immunisation teams across the Lakes DHB area continue to work really hard to immunise the babies under eight months on time.

Portfolio manager Pip King says the three per cent shortfall represents a small number of babies who have unfortunately not been immunised on time. She adds that while the DHB has not met the immunisation target, the coverage over the past 12 months in the Lakes district has been higher than ever before.

“As a result we are seeing a significant reduction in babies and children being hospitalised and requiring care for illnesses that are preventable. This is heartening for the doctors and nurses and families who find it extremely distressing nursing very small babies, who can be extremely unwell.”

Lakes DHB remains on 94 per cent for the shorter stays in ED target, again just one point shy of the target of 95 per cent of patients to be admitted, discharged or transferred from an ED within six hours. Service Manager for ED, Jenny Martelli says many of the strategies that we have put in place to improve the wait time in ED are showing positive results however the impact of winter illnesses on patient numbers and staff absences has caused us to miss the target this quarter.

This is the fourth quarter that the raising healthy kids target is being publicly reported. The target is that by December 2017, 95 per cent of obese children identified in the B4 School Check (B4SC) programme will be offered a referral to a health professional for clinical assessment and family based nutrition, activity and lifestyle interventions. Lakes DHB’s result for this quarter is 88 per cent, continuing the improvement towards achievement of this target. Data is based on all acknowledged referrals for obese children up to the end of the quarter from B4SCs occurring in the six months to 30 May 2017.

The B4 School Check is a programme offering a free health and development check for all four-year-olds. The B4SC is undertaken to allow time for further assessment and / or intervention to occur if required, before the child starts school. The Lakes DHB team provides the checks through home visiting, community clinics, and early childhood education centres.

The health target is just one part of the wider childhood obesity plan that includes actions on healthy food policies, working with the food industry, schools and local government.

Other Quarter four (2016-17) results for Lakes DHB
Improved access to elective surgery - target of 100 per cent, 101 per cent achieved this quarter.
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