Board leads way against smoking
The South Canterbury District Health Board is doing better than most of its counterparts when it comes to providing help for smokers to quit.
While there is still room for improvement, the SCDHB has been ranked third out of the country's 20 DHBs, according to the latest national figures.
The target is to provide advice and help to 95 per cent of smokers who are admitted to hospital and 90 per cent of patients seen by a doctor in primary care. It is a target many DHBs have struggled to meet.
In February, the SCDHB was ranked fifth with a 90 per cent success rate for primary care patients and 97 per cent for hospital patients.
Latest quarter figures show it has since had a 99 per cent success rate for hospital patients, but only 76 per cent success for primary care patients.
Eighteen DHBs achieved the hospital success target, but only the Wairarapa DHB hit the primary care target.
A large portion of DHBs have also struggled to meet their targets to offer more heart and diabetes checks.
The aim is to get 60 per cent of the eligible population put through a cardiovascular risk assessment in the past five years - a target to be achieved in stages by July 2014. The target at the moment is to reach 75 per cent.
Latest figures show only four DHBs have met that target - Auckland and Wairarapa, both at 81 per cent, and Capital & Coast and Counties Manukau, both at 76 per cent.
SCDHB is ranked 15th with 64 per cent, a 10 per cent improvement since the previous quarter's figures were released.
It has achieved all other Ministry of Health targets, including shorter stays in the emergency department, improved access to elective surgery, increased immunisation and shorter waits for cancer treatment.
HOW DHBS ARE AIMING TO IMPROVE
- Shorter stays in the emergency department
95 per cent of patients to be admitted, discharged or transferred within six hours.
- Improved access to elective surgery
An increase in the volume of elective surgery by at least 4000 discharges per year.
- Shorter waits for cancer treatment
All patients, ready for treatment, wait less than four weeks for radiotherapy or chemotherapy.
- Increased immunisation
85 per cent of 8-month-olds to receive their primary course of immunisation at six weeks, three months and five months on time by July 2013, 90 per cent by July 2014 and 95 per cent by December 2014.
- Better help for smokers to quit
Offering brief advice to 95 per cent of patients who smoke when they are seen by a health practitioner in public hospitals, and 90 per cent who are seen by a GP.
- More heart and diabetes checks
60 per cent of the eligible population put through a cardiovascular risk assessment in the past five years.
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