PHO meeting targets

Last updated 07:53 23/08/2014

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The Marlborough Primary Health Organisation has stepped up its performance and is showing a significant improvement in meeting health targets.

In its quarterly report chief executive Beth Tester said there had been a 36 per cent improvement in cardiac vascular disease risk assessments.

The checks look at a patient's blood pressure and cholesterol levels, smoking status, family history of risk factors of heart attack, stroke and diabetes and their past medical history.

More than 6353 heart checks were completed by general practices, PHO staff, occupational health nurses and Maori health providers in the last 12 months to reach 78 per cent of eligible patients. The national target is 90 per cent.

In 12 months the PHO has provided better help for smokers to quit. Smoking advice to 15-75 year-olds has increased from 24 per cent to 70 per cent and to high needs patients to 74 per cent.

The PHO has been helping general practices to text their high needs patients, Tester said.

The cervical screening target of 78 per cent was missed by 0.4 per cent.

Tester said general practices were provided with data on how they compared with other practices and the targets they have to meet each quarter.

"It has not been without its challenges. What we have achieved in the last year should be celebrated."

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- The Marlborough Express

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