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Better figures for heart/diabetes checks - West Coast DHB

27 May 2014

Better figures for heart/diabetes checks in West Coast DHB health targets

The West Coast District Health Board’s performance against the National Health Target for heart and diabetes checks in primary care has continued to climb in Quarter 3.

The performance in the More Heart and Diabetes checks climbed to 69.6%, up from 66.4% the previous quarter.

David Meates, West Coast and Canterbury DHB chief executive, says the increase reflects the significant work undertaken right across primary care in Quarter 3 to improve performance.

“While the 95% target has not been met, steady progress is being made.”

Meanwhile, the West Coast DHB’s performance in other key areas remains strong.

The Coast continues to achieve the Emergency Department health target, with 99.6% of patients admitted, discharged or transferred from the Emergency Department within six hours. It also achieved the Improved Access to Surgery target and the Shorter Wait for Cancer Treatments target.

“We continue to provide vital access to key services.”

Performance against the Better Help for Hospitalised Smokers to Quit improved on the previous quarter from 92.5% to 95% but performance in the Better Help for Smokers to Quit after attending primary care fell from 59.9 to 55.4%.

Full information on the West Coast DHB’s Health Target performance can be found here, and information on the Ministry of Health’s Health Targets site here.

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