The Hawke's Bay District Health Board is one of the top three performers in providing better help for smokers to help them quit, national health targets released this week show.
The Hawke's Bay primary care sector, that provided by GPs, hit just 52 per cent against a national average of 90 per cent. But Hawke's Bay Hospital exceeded the 90 per cent target scoring 98 per cent - making them No3 in the country at helping smokers stub out the habit.
Chief executive Kevin Snee said it had once again been a "solid" quarter for the DHB.
"We slid slightly in the shorter stays in Emergency Department target, moving to 94 per cent," he said. "This was a reflection of how busy ED was over the winter months from July to September with 9368 presentations to the department compared to the previous quarter where 8845 people presented for treatment."
Access to elective surgery also exceeded the target with 106 per cent, which meant 91 more people had elective surgery than planned.
Increased immunisation, a new target for 8-month-olds, saw the DHB exceeding the 85 per cent target with 87 per cent. It also improved its performance in heart and diabetes checks.
Meeting targets - how HBDHB fared:
Hawke's Bay District Health Board Quarterly Health Target Results
- Shorter stays in ED 94 per cent (95 per cent)*
- Improved access to elective surgery 106 per cent
- Shorter waits for cancer treatment 100 per cent
- Increased immunisation 87 per cent (85 per cent)*
- Better help for smokers to quit - hospital 98 per cent (95 per cent)*
- Better help for smokers to quit - primary 52 per cent (90 per cent)*
- More heart and diabetes checks 61 per cent (90 per cent)*
- Supplied by HBDHB