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6 hours can be ours!

Middlemore recently made headlines when the Emergency Department was the first in the country to achieve the Government Health Target of having 95% of patients admitted, discharged or transferred within six hours. It’s been a challenging process and the key for achieving this goal has been the total commitment of all staff in the Emergency Department. Clinical Head of Emergency Care, Dr Vanessa Thornton has lead the process, “achieving the 6 hours has given us an indication of what we can do with effective processes and total commitment from staff, we’re really excited about facing our next challenge – sustainability.” The Government introduced a streamlined set of Health Targets, three of which focus on the urgent issue of reducing excessive patient waiting times in public hospitals: more elective surgery, faster cancer treatment and shorter waits in emergency departments (ED’s). The ED target to have 95% of patients admitted, discharged or transferred within six hours is a clinically-established target that makes a real difference to patient care. “Emergency departments are barometers of how well a whole hospital is doing” Mr Ryall said. Mr Ryall visited Middlemore to acknowledge the staff-led programme that has seen the ED achieve the new target “6 hours can be ours”.

Hon. Tony Ryall, Dr Jackie Blue, Toakase Tonga (seated), Jacky Watkins and Bala Parameswaran.

From left to right: Sue Takerei, Susan Robertson, Hon Tony Ryall.

2009 December Connect+  

Counties Manukau Health staff publication

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