Tuesday 21st February 2017
Two Firsts in Bay of Plenty Health Target Success
Improving performance and two firsts are the story of this
quarter's health target results in the Bay of Plenty.
Of the Ministry of Health's six quarterly targets the Bay of
Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB) has exceeded three and was
just 1% off achieving a fourth for the October-December 2016
quarter. The same quarter in 2015 saw just one target achieved.
The success included two firsts - with record results in both
the Shorter Stays in Emergency Departments result and the Better
Help for Smokers to Quit target.
Over 96% of patients across Tauranga and Whakatāne Hospital
Emergency Departments (EDs) were seen within the target waiting
time of six hours during the quarter. The result was achieved
despite ever-increasing numbers attending the two EDs said BOPDHB
Chief Executive Helen Mason.
"This is our best ever result and is testament to great
co-operation and co-ordination across our two hospitals, to meet
the needs of our acute care patients. This result has been achieved
during a time when there were often more than 200 people presenting
daily at our two EDs," said Helen.
Over 26,000 Bay of Plenty smokers have been given help to quit
during the past 15 months as the Better Help for Smokers to Quit
target was met for the first time said Health Equity/Public Health
Portfolio Manager Brian Pointon.
"The DHB congratulates our three PHOs - Western Bay of Plenty
Primary Health Organisation (WBOPPHO), Ngā Mataapuna Oranga (NMO)
and the Eastern Bay Primary Health Alliance (EBPHA) - and their
general practices for achieving the target and recognises the
additional efforts they have put in over recent months," said
"The target is that 90% of Primary Health Organisation (PHO)
enrolled patients who smoke are offered help to quit in the
preceding 15 months. Many will have accepted that offer and are now
living a smokefree life."
The results see the BOPDHB once again exceeding the Improved
Access to Elective Surgery target.
"2779 patients received treatment during the three-month period,
which is 147 above the target level," said Surgical Service
Business Leader Bronwyn Anstis. "This represents a positive result
for the community we serve and remains a high focus area. It means
more Bay of Plenty residents are getting the surgery they
The BOPDHB has now exceeded the target every quarter for the
last three-and-half years
Continued improvement against the Faster Cancer Treatment target
(up 2% from 82% to 84%) was also seen. The BOPDHB now ranks eighth
nationally and is just 1% below target.
"This steady improvement represents more members of our
community being able to receive their first cancer treatment
faster," said Bronwyn.
The target is that 85% of patients receive their first cancer
treatment (or other management) within 62 days of being referred
with a high suspicion of cancer and a need to be seen within two
This quarter was the second time that the Raising Healthy Kids
health target results have been published. The target is that by
December 2017, 95% of obese children identified in the B4 School
Check (B4SC) programme will be offered a referral to a health
professional for clinical assessment and family based nutrition,
activity and lifestyle interventions. The BOPDHB recorded a result
of 33% for the six months to December 2016.
"Whilst we started from a low baseline, our performance has
improved significantly and continues to do so," said BOPDHB General
Manager Planning and Funding Simon Everitt. "As the target is
calculated on a rolling six-month average, there is a time lag
effect of that improved performance being shown in the figures. For
the most recent three months, the rate achieved was 80%.
"We are confident that we will achieve the target by December
2017 which is when it is due."
The way in which immunisation services are delivered is being
reviewed to improve immunisation cover for eligible babies and
children, and help achieve the Increased Immunisation target said
Primary Health Portfolio Manager Andrea Baker.
"Our eight-month immunisation coverage was 87% for quarter two,
up 1% from quarter one. We are in the process of strengthening
our childhood immunisation services to improve childhood
immunisation coverage and timeliness for all immunisation
milestones from six weeks to five years. We are committed to
improve our performance to meet these objectives."
The target is that 95% of eight-months-olds will have their
primary course of immunisation (six weeks, three months and five
months immunisation events) on time.
Bay of Plenty District Health Board
February 21, 2017