From the CEO Welcome to the March edition of Connect. Firstly, I would like to thank our staff who helped with settling in of the Christchurch patients who came to us during the last few weeks. I would also like to thank those of you, including our primary care colleagues who have so selflessly volunteered to be available if needed. It really makes me proud to be part of such a strong and caring community. Many of you will have noticed the astounding progress being made in the construction of Ko Awatea. We are well on track for the official opening in mid-June. Ko Awatea will bring together a wide range of people to share ideas and knowledge. But more than this, it’s your place – a place where you can come to brainstorm ideas and to solve problems. Even just to have lunch and some good coffee! The lecture theatre holds 210 people and is fully partitionable to allow smaller groups who will have full access to state-of-the-art computer technology. The teaching rooms allow for clinical and nonclinical CMDHB staff to have ongoing education and to learn new skills. Ko Awatea will also be a hub for research and innovation, working with our partners, MIT, University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology. We will be having staff and colleague open days soon – we will advise as soon as possible when you can come in and have a look around. Some of you may have noticed the release
of the National Health Targets last week. This is where every New Zealand DHB is compared with our peers to see how we are doing in six target areas. Counties Manukau DHB continues to improve in almost every health target and in comparison with the rest of the health sector. The only area where CMDHB did not improve significantly was in improved access to elective surgery, where we were down by around 2.6% to 97.4% of contract, compared with last quarter. This is for several reasons; the main reasons being the impact of ongoing industrial action and the higher than usual demand for acute services. We are confident that the elective targets will be reached by the end of the year. The good news however is that all of the other health targets have improved on the last quarter’s performance. We still lead the country as a large DHB for shorter stays in emergency departments (97.25% of our patients waited fewer than 6 hours), our fully immunised children at 2 years of age has improved by 7% from the same time last year. Of special note are the Maaori and Pacific figures which have improved by 8% and 11% respectively from the same time last year. CMDHB’s hospitalised smokers given
advice to quit has risen by 1% on the previous quarter but is an improvement of 11% from the same period last year. Better diabetes and cardiovascular services has risen by 5% to a total of 73%. This is comprised of 81% of our diabetics having annual health checks which is 19% over our target set by the Ministry of Health. We are especially pleased to note that we are also surpassing our get checked total for Maaori and Pacific peoples, which is a major at-risk group. We achieved 58% of our target of 60% for the diabetes management indicator which is a measure of the number of diabetics who were checked and display satisfactory condition control but this is an improvement of 2% on the previous year and means that more people diagnosed with diabetes are managing their condition appropriately Our cardiovascular disease risk assessment is over our target by 1%. This means that 80% of the eligible population have had blood testing to assess their disease risk with in the last 5 years. These results reflect the very hard work being undertaken by you all to continually strive for better results for our community and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the hard work in achieving these results. Geraint Martin CEO CMDHB
Ko Awatea landscaping underway.
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