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On Thursday 19th April, the Minister of Health Tony Ryall paid an informal visit to Wellington Hospital specifically to visit the Blood & Cancer centre and the Emergency Department and congratulate them on the improvements they have made in meeting the government's health targets.
“I’d like to thank all staff throughout the DHB for this great effort. It just shows what can be done with determination,” the Minister said.
The Minister thanked the radiation oncology team for regularly achieving the national health target for faster cancer radiation treatment. In the past year they provided cancer radiation treatment to 403 more people than in 2008 - the largest increase in the country (800 to 1220), and they’re providing the care faster.
"Last year nationally, more than 7,800 New Zealanders, ready for treatment, received their cancer radiation within the world gold standard of four weeks. That’s a 16% increase since 2008, when only around 6,700 people received their treatment on time."
The Minister also spent time with Wellington Hospital Emergency Department staff where preliminary results show a remarkable 13% jump in the percentage of patients seen within the six hour national health target over the past year.
88% of ED patients were admitted, discharged, or transferred from the ED within six hours in the past quarter compared to 75% a year ago.
“Emergency department waits are a barometer of how well the whole hospital is doing. This latest information shows Wellington’s doing better and better and that’s great for patients."
The Minister said he found the visit very heartening and was excited by the progress made and the way Capital & Coast DHB teams had stepped up and provide more patients with faster treatment.