DHB achieves all but 1 target

ALEXIA JOHNSTON
Last updated 05:00 08/12/2012

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South Canterbury District Health Board's performance targets are improving with just one area below par over the past three months.

Latest performance ratings show SCDHB is ranked second in the country for shorter stays in the emergency department.

Targets met include better access to elective surgery, shorter waits for cancer treatment, increased immunisation and better help for smokers to quit.

However, the SCDHB needs to offer almost twice as many heart and diabetes checks as it has in the past three months before it meets the nationwide target.

All 20 DHBs are struggling to reach the target. It aims to get 60 per cent of the eligible population put through a cardiovascular risk assessment in the last five years.

SCDHB is ranked 17th, with a 50 per cent success rate. That is an improvement on the previous quarter after it was ranked 18th, with a 36 per cent success rate.

The SCDHB has poured $7.78 million into aged care in the latest financial year to October - $43,000 more than budgeted.

The figures were revealed at yesterday's disability support advisory committee.

Home support received $1.3m, rest home care $2.1m and hospital level care $2.9m. A further $123,904 was spent on day care, $84,246 on carer support, $131,182 on respite care, $525,170 on rest home dementia care and $490,645 on psychogeriatric care.

The main area of over expenditure was in hospital level care. Reasons included a higher complexity of clients entering residential care and increased bed occupancy.

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- South Canterbury

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