General surgeon Adrian Secker performing one of the increasing number of theatre operations at Nelson Hospital last week. Photo: Sinead Ogilvie.

Nelson Marlborough top DHB targets


The latest health target results are out and Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board (NMDHB) is making good progress.

Jonathan says the health targets are not just about numbers – they are about delivering better faster access to services.

“The latest quarterly update shows improvements across the country in all six areas.”

National progress towards the new faster cancer treatment target improved six per cent, a 75 per cent improvement – the biggest quarterly increase to date. Nelson Marlborough topped the DHB table, achieving 84 per cent, 15 per cent up from the last quarter.

“Delivering better cancer services is a top priority for the Government. We’ve made significant progress since 2008 and patients are getting better faster cancer care” says Jonathan.

The national heart and diabetes checks target was met for the second consecutive quarter with around 1.2 million people having their cardiovascular disease risk assessed in the past five years.

Nelson Marlborough achieved 91 per cent, this is an increase of one per cent for the region.

The elective surgery target was also met nationally. Over the year, 98,870 elective surgical discharges were provided – 4,890 more than planned. NMDHB surpassed the 100 per cent target by two per cent.

Jonathon says the Government is committed to delivering year-on-year increases in elective surgery.

“We have delivered around 50,000 more surgeries over the last seven years – a 42 per cent increase.”

Nelson Marlborough also achieved 97 per cent on the shorter stays in ED target and increased its results on better help for smokers to quit. Further progress needs to be made on immunisation for eight-month-olds.

The quarter two results can be found at