Our board chairman, Professor Gregor Coster, is joining me today as we both want to convey to you our gratitude for your contributions to the extraordinary year we’ve had at CMDHB.
It is extremely pleasing to reflect on the past 12 months. 2011 has been both busy and demanding but despite this, we’ve managed to excel in many areas. Thanks to all staff, we’ve treated more patients than ever before with higher quality care and in a quicker, more responsive way. That doesn’t happen by accident but through professionalism and hard work, both of which you have consistently demonstrated this year.
Some highlights which you should all be proud of are:
- Despite seeing record numbers of patients in ED, we continued to provide top quality service and maintain our performance against the national six hour target. This confirms that we are not just the largest ED in Australasia but also the best.
- We delivered over 500 more elective operations than in 2010.
- At the same time, we reduced the incidences of Central Line Associated Bacteraemia which resulted in better services for patients in our Intensive Care Unit.
- We reduced the number of falls leading to harm in the hospital, again through the excellent work of the Zero Patient Harm initiative.
- We’ve had a 26% increase in the number of medical staff in the organisation since November 2008.
2011 has also been the year to lay foundations for the future. We know that demand on the hospital is growing and that we can’t continue working the way we have been. Instead, we need to redesign how the healthcare system works so that we’re able to provide services while allowing you, our professionals, to practise at the top of your licence. This needs to be based on really strong relationships so we’ve spent a lot of time this year fostering our relationships with our primary care colleagues; primary health organisations, particularly ProCare; the Greater Auckland Integrated Health Network (GAIHN); the National Hauora Coalition and Alliance Health Plus. The focus has been on working together to decisively begin shifting care so that people are able to stay well at home and in doing so, start easing pressure off the hospital to the effect of about 20,000 beds days. Next year we’re planning some really groundbreaking initiatives with this campaign but more on those in the new year.
For now, we send you our best wishes and hope you have a very Merry Christmas. It’s a time to reflect on what we’ve achieved, spend time with your family and whaanau, and recharge your batteries in anticipation of the year ahead. Have a safe and happy holiday, and I’ll be back here blogging on January 20.
Geraint and Professor Gregor Coster