The just-released 2010-2011 Quarter Three Performance Summary
shows that the Canterbury health system has exceeded in several of the National
Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) chief executive David
Meates says the result is a brilliant, sustained effort by a dedicated team of
people from across the health system and has been achieved despite the
disruption caused by the September 4 and February 22 earthquakes.
“Many staff have had a lot to contend with in their own
lives, as well as putting in extra effort at work, they have worked tirelessly
to ensure services are still provided,” Mr Meates says.
The Canterbury DHB delivered 10,977 elective surgical
discharges in the nine months to the end of March, equating to 96.2 percent of
its planned target for the year (15,478).
“We have done very well considering the challenges faced by
the Canterbury health system: more than 7500 rooms in Canterbury DHB buildings
were damaged after the September 4 quake and 106 inpatient beds were lost
immediately after the February 22 quake, along with problems with hospital
services such as steam, water and other infrastructure issues. Despite all this,
elective services were back up and running within days.”
“Delivery is being monitored daily to ensure we deliver
elective surgery to our population as best as possible in the current
quake-constrained environment. We are in close contact with the Ministry of
Health electives team to keep them informed of our progress.”
Also, in the third quarter of 2010-2011 year, 100 percent of
Canterbury patients began radiation treatment within six weeks of their first
specialist assessments and 96 percent within four weeks.
It’s a remarkable achievement that two days after the
February 22nd quake, the radiation oncology service restarted and was
back up to full capacity by 1 March.
Since the beginning of February only four patients’ wait
times have been outside the target – three were delayed due to the quake, and
one due to a breakdown of the linear accelerator.
Steady progress has been made in achieving the shorter stays
in the Emergency Department health target of 95 percent of patients admitted,
discharged or transferred from ED within six hours.
“Canterbury’s strong ED performance is attributed to taking a
whole of system approach to the target, which has steadily improved since
quarter one from 92 percent, to 94 percent in quarter two and now to 95
“Despite many general practices being down in the weeks
following the earthquake and many who still have fragile infrastructure,
Canterbury has achieved the target for increased immunisations with 91 percent
of two-year-olds being fully immunised.
“Systematic work with good planning meant we were ahead of
schedule in the third quarter. However, it is likely the February 22 quake will
adversely impact Canterbury’s future performance particularly fourth quarter
results because a greater number of children are likely to be missed or
immunised late because their families are not being able to be contacted because
they have moved house since the earthquake.”
“During Quarter Three, we knew that 97% of all Canterbury
under two year olds were ‘reached’ by Canterbury’s immunisation services – 4.2%
declined immunisation and 1.2 percent chose to opt off the immunisation
“There are certainly areas where we can and will do better –
we have a comprehensive recovery plan that provides us with a road map outlining
new and innovative ways of delivering services in the future.
“Given the circumstances, those working in the Canterbury
health system are to be congratulated for their dedication and commitment to
ensuring access to health services during a prolonged state of emergency,” David
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