Canterbury District Health BoardFriday 27 August 2010, 11:48AM
Media release from Canterbury District Health
Improved access to elective surgery is one of the areas in which
Canterbury District Health Board has excelled in the 2009/10 End of
Year Health Target results.
The Health Targets are national health performance measures, set by
the Ministry of Health ( MoH), which are designed to improve the
performance of our health services and provide a focus for action
In the end of year results published today Canterbury exceeded the
MoH target for Improved Access to Elective Surgery. This year
15,636 Canterbury people had elective surgery, an increase of 18.1%
on 2008/2009. The CDHB also delivered $10.1 million worth of
elective surgery to people from other DHBs in the last year.
CDHB CEO David Meates says CDHB has put considerable work into
getting the health system working in the most efficient way.
"In all six targets CDHB has improved on the previous quarter's
results but while we have performed well, there is still some work
Increased immunisation for two-year olds was another highlight in
Eighty-nine percent of all two year olds were immunised in 2009/10
which surpassed the target by four percent. This is an increase of
seven percent, or 375 children, on last year's figures.
"Improvement in this area reflects the efforts that primary care
providers and the outreach immunisation service are making to
ensure all two year olds have the opportunity to be fully
immunised," Mr Meates said.
There is ongoing improvement in this area with the most recent
results showing 91% of two year olds were immunised in Quarter 4
including high numbers of Maori, (87%) and Pacific, (89%)
Despite recent record numbers of people attending Christchurch
Hospital's Emergency Department, the ED improved on its previous
result for Shorter Stays in Emergency Departments. The target is
for 95% of patients to be admitted, discharged or transferred from
an Emergency Department within six hours. Canterbury's ED reached
92%. This year 87,091 people attended the ED - an increase of 9.8%
or 7,774 more than last year.
Strategies are in place to reduce the wait time for patients
including a nurse-led telephone triage system being implemented in
General Practice in Canterbury, improved access to radiology, an
increase in General Medicine beds at the hospital and helping
people to avoid hospital admissions through services in primary
care, St John's and Non Government Organisations.
While CDHB is not shown to have met the Shorter waits for Cancer
Radiotherapy target, this target has been achieved and maintained
for the last four weeks and last week reached the point that 100
per cent of people were being treated within four weeks. The
current target is for people to have radiation therapy within six
weeks of their first specialist assessment. This will become four
weeks by December 2010.
Maintaining this new target will be assisted by a fourth Linear
Accelerator ( Linac) machine which was approved by Canterbury
District Health Board at its last meeting.
Linac machines provide radiation treatment for the cure or
long-term local control of cancer and for controlling
This new linac is expected to be operational in the second half of
2011 and is in addition to a $10 million upgrade of the Canterbury
Oncology service to help meet the steady growth in demand for
CDHB also expects the next quarter results to reflect improved
results for the Better Diabetes and Cardiovascular Services target.
This follows a review that identified that care has been occurring
in the community but has not always been well recorded.
Nearly 10,000 Canterbury people had annual diabetes reviews in the
last year. In future this information will be better reflected in
improved target results. More than three quarters of the people who
had an annual diabetes review reported satisfactory or better
The CDHB is steadily improving in the Better Help for Smokers to
Quit target. The percentage of hospitalised smokers that are being
provided with advice and help to quit was 67% in June and 74% in
July. The target was for 80% of hospitalised smokers to be provided
with advice and help to quit by July 2010. The figures for August
are tracking even higher for Canterbury as a result of further
initiatives being put in place. This year 5,480 hospitalised
smokers received support and advice to