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Radiation therapists

Radiation therapists FTE and Headcount / vacancies, sick leave, oncology FSA as at 1/7/2021 / Wait list between FSA and first radiotherapy treatment. Numbers of hypofractionated treatments, normal and stereotactic treatments completed each month 20/21.

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Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Admissions

All data on ICU admissions including age, ethnicity, reason for admission since March 2020 to present day please.

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Information regarding children who are in care

Policies and practices, if any, regarding admitting children in care to hospital.

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ICU Bed Occupancy 2018-YTD 2021

ICU bed occupancy (% of ICU beds occupied or number of occupied bed days and total number of available beds) for the period 1 Jan 2018 until the most recent available date. Could this please be provided in the smallest time periods possible (days, if available, otherwise weeks, otherwise months).

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Senior Medical Officers (SMOs) availability, after-hours call hours

Provide the following information identified by Department/Specialty and by Hospital – that is, Christchurch, Hillmorton, Burwood, Princess Margaret, Ashburton Hospitals.

  • Availability Allowance.
  • Average after-hours call hours.
  • Call ratio.
  • Shift patterns (where they exist).
  • Recovery Time Agreements.
  • % of Non-Clinical time

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Gender reassignment hormone therapy

  • How many people were referred to the DHB for gender reassignment hormone therapy in each calendar year since 2006 until the present time?
  • What was the breakdown of ages in each of those years (youngest/oldest/median age)?
  • How many were transitioning male to female and how many female to male in each of those years?
  • How many children were referred for puberty blocking drugs in each calendar year since 2006?
  • How many people had psychological treatment for gender dysphoria in each calendar year since 2006?
  • How many people had double mastectomies (top surgery) as treatment for gender dysphoria in each calendar year since 2006?
  • What was the breakdown of ages in each of those years?

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Hysterectomies over past 5 years, accepted and declined

Last five years, number of young women under 25 / hysterectomy. How many accepted and how many declined. Criteria for women under 25 to be eligible for hysterectomy.

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Current practices of abortion services

  1. I am wanting to clarify the current practice of abortion services when children are born alive following an induced labour abortion.
  2. I have been told that the Canterbury DHB has been quoted as saying: “In the extremely rare occurrence that a baby were to be born alive following a late term abortion, the baby would be wrapped and then held until it passed.”
  3. I want to clarify whether this is an accurate representation of current practice or whether it is not accurate (or any further details that are not considered in the quoted statement). I would like clarity on the exact requirements of medical staff in the event that a child was born alive following a late term abortion.
  4. Details of the number of cases of alive births post abortion / termination, and whether the abortion / termination was because of birth defects or because of another reason.

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Abortion information in 2020 and 2021 reports

A copy of the information on abortion provided to the Ministry of Health in your Boards quarterly reports for the last quarter of 2020 and the first quarter of 2021.

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Hospital admissions due to dog injuries

  • Number of people admitted to Christchurch Hospital in 2021 due to dog attacks.

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Referrals by GP’s for joint replacement surgery

  • Referrals by GP for Joint replacement 2017 and 2020 calendar years etc.
  • Criteria for Joint surgery.
  • Semi urgent referrals from GP to Ears, nose and Throat how many seen by a specialist?

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Colonoscopy data in last five years

Colonoscopies:

  • How many done last year?
  • Of those, how many were outsourced to private providers and how many staff would this workload have required?
  • What was the cost of the outsourced procedures?
  • How many CDHB staff are qualified to do colonoscopies?
  • Any report on staffing requirements for endoscopy services post screening programme roll out.

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Transmasculine surgery

All information and documentation regarding the decision to select patients for transmasculine chest reconstruction surgery from the GP referral pool via a number randomisation technique.

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PET CT Scans referrals for the last 3 years

  • How many PET CT scans have been referred per year the past 3 years? 
  • How many PET CT scans have been referred this year so far?
  • What percentage of the patients being referred are Maori? 
  • What is the average cost per PET CT scan referral?

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Terminations/Abortions during 2020

Re response CDHB 10519 16/2/2021.  You advised that there were 1,658 terminations performed in 2020 at your boards facilities. I have recently been advised that the Ministry of Health informed the President of Voice for Life that the number of abortions performed at your facilities in 2020 totalled 1,613 there is a difference of 45 in the totals. I would be grateful if you could advise me promptly, which is the correct total?

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Children with dog related injuries

  • How many children aged 0-14 have presented to hospital with a dog-related injury in the last year?
  • How many of those children required a procedure (e.g. sutures), or admission?
  • What were the ethnic and age demographics of those children?

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Labral tear hip surgery

Labral Tear Hip Surgery: Last five years. Number of patients who have requested surgery, age, gender. Number declined (age and gender) reasons declined. Number referred for assessment (age and gender), Number referred elsewhere for surgery (age and gender). Correspondence CDHB and ACC on reasons patients will not be covered by ACC. Total cost for Labral tear hip surgery.

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Leave taken by Senior Medical Officers (SMOs) December 2020 / January 2021

The total number of annual leave days taken by (all) Senior Medical Officers (SMOs) in your employ in each of the following months for each DHB (WCDHB and CDHB) separately: December 2020 and January 2021

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Cost of ineligible patients use of intensive care services

A summary of the costs of hospital intensive care services provided to those not entitled to NZ free health care (ineligible patients). The cost summary should include reference to the number of days or hours in intensive care. Information to cover the last three years.

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Challenges to coronial findings

The number of times DHBs have challenged a coroner's findings after an inquest.

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Transmasculine surgery

Transmasculine chest surgery - follow up to response to CDHB 10555.

  • For transmasculine chest surgery (mastectomy) it was decided in 2019 to provide surgery for five transgender cases per annum.
  • What was the previous number?
  • Why are only five surgeries performed per annum?
  • Are there any plans/policies in place to increase this number to meet the growing demand for gender affirming surgeries?
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Cardiology staffing, March 2021

Re Cardiology Dept 15-29 March 2021:

  • Number of echo staff,
  • hours worked;
  • numbers of cases completed per day and size of backlog;
  • period of time backlog has existed;
  • number of and period of staff absence for any reason including training, sickness, unfilled positions, acting up;
  • work allocation and prioritisation; triage system rules;
  • outpatient backlog size;
  • age and quality of equipment.

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Monitoring and quality of Cardiac services

  • Was the CDHB not monitoring the quality of cardiac services for 2017, 2018, 2019?
    • If they did, can I have the quality reports. /Echo (which is currently the most definitive low cost screening procedure) wait times are not monitored by the CDHB for the last 3 years and no one is looking for correlation between Echo wait times and hospitalisation/death incidents?
  • Again, more formally: Was the CDHB not monitoring the quality of cardiac diagnostic services and the correlation to hospitalisation/death for 2017, 2018, 2019?
    • If they did, can I have the quality reports.
  • Does the CDHB produce quality reports to measure how many people were admitted to ED for heart condition while waiting for a diagnostic/procedure?

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Joint replacement surgery wait list

  • In the past 12 months, what proportion of your DHB patients that were referred to a waiting list by a surgeon, for a joint replacement, were accepted onto the list and got surgery?
  • in 2017 what proportion of your DHB patients that were referred to a waiting list by a surgeon, for a joint replacement, were accepted onto the list and got surgery?
  • Is the DHB able to comment on whether there are enough GPs in the region?

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Intersex babies requiring surgery 2016-2021

RE Intersex babies: How many intersex children have had genital surgery within their first year of life? (Could I have this info from 2016-2021 broken down into the number each year and the overall number for the ast five years / whether or not the surgery was medically necessary or whether it was cosmetic, the gender of the child as recorded on their birth certificate and the total cost per year of the surgeries. 2. How many referrals have been made to other DHBs for intersex babies in their first year of life for surgery, last five years, broken down into the number each year and the overall number 2016-2021

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Transmasculine surgery

  • The average time between acceptance onto the wait list and first appointment for patients referred to and accepted onto the waitlist for transmasculine chest reconstruction (top surgery).
  • The number of publicly funded transmasculine chest reconstruction surgery completed in the last year.
  • How patients are selected from the waitlist for transmasculine chest reconstruction surgery, and how often, i.e. if done by lottery how often is the lottery drawn.
  • The number of referrals for transmasculine chest reconstruction in the last year, and how many were accepted and how many declined.

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Digital dictation, video consultation and other health IT systems

  • Do you use Digital Dictation in your DHB? If yes, could you please answer the following questions / Speech Recognition
  • Do you use Speech Recognition? If yes, could you please answer the following questions:
    • Name of the supplier & product
    • What procurement method (if any) was used to obtain this system i.e. what framework
    • The contract start date
    • The contract end date
    • Total contract value
    • Is the product integrated with PAS or EPR
    • What is the name, position and contact email/telephone number of the key internal stakeholder for this service
    • What would you like to see in this product that is currently not being delivered / Outsourced Transcription
  • Do you use Outsourced Transcription? If yes, could you please answer the following questions / Online Clinic / Video Consultation
  • Do you use Online Clinic / Video Consultation? If yes, could you please answer the following questions / Health Information Systems.
    • What suppliers do you use for the following?
      • PAS (Patient Administration System)
      • EPR (Electronic Patient Record)
      • eDMS (Electronic Document Management System)
      • RIS (Radiology Information System)
      • Outward mailing service provider

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Childhood diseases/conditions in the years 2014, 2017 and 2020

The number of children (aged 0-14) recorded by your DHB with the following conditions in the years 2014, 2017 and 2020?

  • whooping cough
  • rheumatic fever
  • bronchiolitis
  • broncho pneumonia 
  • serious dental disease 
  • malnutrition

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OIA Policy, charges for OIA responses during 2020

  • Does your organisation have a policy or guidelines in relation to charging requestors for supplying information under the Official Information Act 1982?
  • If yes, please supply a written copy of the policy/guideline, including grounds for seeking costs for supplying information, charges for photocopying, scanning or other copying of information and the hourly rate for staff time in compiling requests?
  • If not, what does your organisation charge for photocopying, scanning or other copying of information and what is the hourly rate for staff time in compiling requests?
  • In the 12 months from 01 January 2020 to December 31, 2020:
    • How many requests for information under the Official Information Act did your organisation receive?
    • Of these, in how many was the requestor advised that they would incur charges for copying and staff time, or any other reason?
    • In how many of these, did the requestor pay the required charge for supplying of information?
    • In total, how much did your organisation receive in payments for supplying information under the OIA?
    • What were the largest 10 amounts paid by requestors in charges for fulfilling OIA requests?

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Number of MRI machines in Canterbury

Do you really have 5 MRI units that were funded and are operated by CDHB and another 5 units funded and operated by a private provider?

Ten MRI units all located in Canterbury seems like a lot. Any chance you could let me know who the private provider is?

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ECT gay aversion / conversion therapy

  • During which period was ECT used in gay conversion/aversion therapy at the Hospital?
  • When did the hospital stop the practice?
  • How common was this practice?
  • Are there any records about the number of patients who received this treatment?
  • Why was this used as a treatment?

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Patients admitted to hospital with malnutrition

 The number of children and adults admitted to hospital with malnutrition, broken down by age, between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2020.

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Harassment received from women accessing abortion services

  1. The number of written and oral complaints of harassment received from women accessing abortion at your facilities for the period 2019 to 31st January 2021?
  2. The nature of these complaints?
  3. Copies of those complaints with identifying details deleted?
  4. The number of written complaints of harassment received from staff entering and exiting your abortion facilities for the period 2019 to 31st January 2021?

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Number of abortions and counselling sessions in 2020

Follow up to response to 10519 Abortions/Terminations and Counselling:

  1. Is this assessment an initiative of your Board or is it the result of a direction from the Ministry of Health?
  2. Does this assessment result in many women choosing not to have an abortion?
  3. What is the nature of the support and care that you refer women to?
  4. As a result of this assessment do many women disclose that they are subject to coercion, violence and threats of abandonment?

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Money paid to Mosque attack victims

Information pertaining to the amount of funds paid by your Agency/ Organisation / Department / Ministry directly to victims of the March 15 2019 terror attacks on the two Christchurch Mosques.

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Diagnostic imaging services and funding

  • Diagnostic imaging modalities of Cardio Ultrasound, MRI, X-ray CT, PET and SPECT.
  • Number of units (instruments) of each modality.
  • What entity (government or private) funded each unit.
  • What entity operates each unit.
  • Number of patients processed by each unit per annum.

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Number of abortions and counselling sessions in 2020

  • Number of abortions for 2020, number of pre and post abortion counselling sessions.

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Incidents of equipment not being properly sterilised

  • A detailed breakdown of any and all incidents relating to equipment not being properly sterilised by Canterbury District Health Board and West Coast District Health Board from March 2020.
  • Please clarify if the lack of sterilisation was picked up before or after patient exposure.

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Primary birthing unit and endoscopy site

Correspondence between Norma Campbell and CoM, EMT & Sir John Hansen on primary birthing unit & endoscopy site since June 2019.

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