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Upper Hutt Leader : December 14th 2011
23 UPPER HUTT LEADER, DECEMBER 14, 2011 National Health Targets We have contnuedtoimproveourperformanceagainstthenatonal health targets. For the 2010/2011 year we achieved the targets for improved access to electve surgery, shorter waits forcancertreatment,increasedimmunisaton and beter help for smokers to quit. We were also among the top performing DHBs in providing excellent care for diabetes and cardiovascular patents. Hut Valley DHB received an 'outstanding' result from the Ministry of Health for our immunisaton rates. This result is a refecton of the hard work of our primary care colleagues. We achieved 87%, against a target of 95%, for shorter stays in the emergency department. This target measures the number of patents who are admited, discharged or transferred from the emergency department within six hours. Lack of space in the old emergency department meant we were unable to achieve this target. Our new emergency department, which opened in September, has 35 treatment cubiles compared to the 13 in the previous department. The extra space and improved hospital processes means we are on track to achieve this target next year. New building ofcially opened by Minister of Heath, Hon. Tony Ryall August 2011 Operatng theatres and emergency department operatonal September 2011 Clip on operatng theatres removed November 2011 Refurbishment of old operatng theatre and emergency department building complete July 2012 Constructon "topping of" ceremony September 2010 Healthy People | Healthy Families | Heathy Communities December 2011 Better, sooner, more convenient Needs Assessment and Service Coordinaton (NASC) assessments This service helps people get the support they need to be as independent as possible in their home or community. The process for a NASC assessment has been improved this year with a result that 3,576 people had their assessments accurately completed on tme. The average waitng tme for an assessment has now dropped from 7 to 4 days. GP training programme This year 15 registrars joined the third annual intake into the successful GP training programme, which has been highly commended by partcipants and local GPs alike. The registrars work within Capital and Coast, Hut Valley and Wairarapa DHBs. Six frst year registrars are employed by Hut Valley DHB and the other nine are employed within practces, but with funded clinics, expenses and monitoring. Negotatons contnue with Health Workforce New Zealand to gain natonal recogniton of the unique benefts of this innovatve training programme. Primary Care Midwife at the Kokiri Centre The Maternity Service has extended their primary midwifery care this year afer analysing the domicile data of women who were unable to access a Lead Maternity Carer. A midwife-led clinic is now running weekly at the Kokiri Pukeatua Marae in Wainuiomata, in close conjuncton with the community based midwives. This follows on from the successful clinic that has been running in Taita for the last fve years. Strengthening relationships We have done signifcant work to strengthen relatonships between the DHB and primary health care, which includes GPs, community pharmacists, rest homes and district nurses. Our shared vision is to provide people in the Hut Valley with user friendly health care that is also efectve and efcient. We have established a Primary Secondary Strategic Group that looks at wayswecanimprovethehealthcaresystemintheHut Valley. For example, GPs requested training to enable them to perform joint injectons in the community and reduce the pressure on orthopaedic clinics at Hut Hospital.
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