Heart and diabetes health targets being met

Kaikoura news
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The latest health target results show more people in the area covered by the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board (DHB) have had heart and diabetes checks.

“91 per cent of people at risk of heart disease or diabetes in the region have been tested in the last five years. Nelson Marlborough DHB also topped the table for the new primary care Better Help for Smokers to Quit target with 91 per cent.

“These results are a credit to the health professionals in our DHB. Their hard work has meant that nationally, the more heart and diabetes checks target was met for the first time,” says local MP Stuart Smith.

“Across the country around 1.2 million people have had their cardiovascular disease risk assessed in the past five years. Over the last three years, the percentage of people assessed has nearly doubled from 46 per cent in 2011/12 to currently 90 per cent.

“Our health services are assessing patients’ heart risk in a timely way, and working with them to best manage those risks. The target also contributes to early identification and improved awareness of diabetes.

“Although a new childhood obesity health target will replace the heart and diabetes checks target from 1 July 2016, the heart and diabetes checks will remain an accountability measure for Nelson Marlborough DHB to ensure progress is not lost,” says Mr Smith.

Nationwide, progress on other health targets has mirrored the good work on heart and diabetes targets. The busier winter months saw almost 17,000 more Emergency Department (ED) presentations and 92 per cent of patients were admitted, discharged or transferred from the ED within six hours. The proportion of patients receiving their first treatment within 62 days has risen to 69 per cent, while immunisation coverage for eight-month olds has stayed at 93 per cent.