Health board gets praise for speedy turnaround of patients


The region’s health board has attracted praise from the health minister for its speed in dealing with patients in the emergency department.

Ninety six per cent of emergency department patients in Nelson and Marlborough were admitted, discharged or transferred within six hours.

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest quarterly health target results show Nelson Marlborough DHB is making good progress.

“These results are a credit to the health professionals in Nelson Marlborough,” says Dr Coleman.

Nationally the shorter stays in emergency departments target has been met for the first time – despite the increasing number of patients presenting to emergency departments.

“It is a tribute to the staff in Nelson Marlborough DHB. We know that emergency departments only work well when the rest of the hospital is working well too.”

Nelson Marlborough DHB also surpassed the 100 per cent elective surgery target by four per cent. “DHBs remain focused on reducing waiting times for elective first specialist assessments and treatment,” says Dr Coleman.

Nelson Marlborough also made good progress on other targets – topping the better help for smokers table with 98 per cent of smokers in hospitals given advice on how to quit. Also, 71 per cent of patients with a high suspicion of cancer received their first treatment within 62 days of referral.