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Official Information Act response

351 documents.

Pathology Services

Dog injuries, children

1. How many children aged 0-14 have presented to hospital with a dog-related injury in the last year?
2. How many of those children required a procedure (e.g sutures), or admission? 3. What were the ethnic and age demographics of those children?

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Major joint surgery wait list

1. In the past 12 months, what proportion of your DHB patients that were referred to a waiting list by a surgeon, for a joint replacement, were accepted onto the list and got surgery?

2. in 2017 what proportion of your DHB patients that were referred to a waiting list by a surgeon, for a joint replacement, were accepted onto the list and got surgery?

3.is the DHB able to comment on whether there are enough GPs in the region?

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Intersex babies surgery

RE Intersex babies: How many intersex children have had genital surgery within their first year of life? (Could I have this info from 2016-2021 broken down into the number each year and the overall number for the last five years / whether or not the surgery was medically necessary or whether it was cosmetic, the gender of the child as recorded on their birth certificate and the total cost per year of the surgeries. 2. How many referrals have been made to other DHBs for intersex babies in their first year of life for surgery, last five years, broken down into the number each year and the overall number 2016-2021

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Childhood diseases

Can I please have the number of children (aged 0-14) recorded by your DHB with the following conditions in the years 2014, 2017 and 2020?
– whooping cough – rheumatic fever – bronchiolitis
– broncho pneumonia – serious dental disease
– malnutrition

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Isolation / Infectious diseases

Patients placed in isolation within DHB hospitals to prevent the spread of disease 2018-2020 calendar years broken down by year.

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Lung cancer

Lung cancer on the West Coast – statistics and information (12 questions)

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Suicide

Vulnerable Persons Register – CASA states that certain managers of each DHB hold the list as well as themselves, and the relevant services have access to this database.

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1080

1080: I am enquiring about whether there is testing of the public other than workers who deal with the hazardous substance Sodium-fluoroacetate (1080)? When you read data going back 20 years it should be of great concern and especially since the West coast applications of Aerial 1080 are at the highest. I know urine samples are taken from workers and have returned with positive readings. Land care results also shows 1080 is in the food chain. So what is done to insure 1080 exposure has not affected residents in areas of operations? Or just the general public. If I was a resident living in the West Coast could I go to my GP and ask for a test ? If I feel 1080 exposure may have affected me through my water how would I confirm this ? If I was breastfeeding my baby how would this effect my child ? 2008 Ministry of Health publications says , to date there are no epidemiology studies that have been carried out in relation to 1080 and Potential adverse effects and health effects on humans. Why?

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Diagnostic Imaging Modalities

More specifically, I am interested in the diagnostic imaging modalities of Cardio Ultrasound, MRI, X-ray CT, PET and SPECT. The information I require for each is: 1) Number of units (instruments) of each modality. 2) What entity (government or private) funded each unit. 3) What entity operates each unit. 4) Number of patients processed by each unit per annum.

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Maori Mental Health

Does your DHB have a marae accessible to Maori inpatients in psychiatric units. The measures your DHB uses to ensure the Tino Rangitiratanga of Maori Inpatients in Psychiatric Inpatient Units.? Clarified as: “only relates to Maori subject to the Mental Health Act 1992”.

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Kawatiri

1. How many births have occurred at Westport’s Kawatiri Birthing Unit, each month, over the past five years? 2. How many Buller women have given birth at Greymouth Hospital, each month, over the past five years? 3. How many Buller women have given birth outside the district, each month, over the past five years? 4. How many Buller women have had home births, each month, over the last five years? 5. Is the WCDHB concerned at the trend for fewer Buller women to be birthing at Kawatiri and more Buller women birthing in Greymouth? 6. What does the WCDHB believe has prompted the trend? 7. Does the WCDHB have any plans to encourage more women to birth at Kawatiri – if so what are they? 8. How many births does Kawatiri require a month to remain viable?
9. Is closure of Kawatiri a possibility? 10. What are the rules governing which mothers can give birth at Kawatiri (i.e. low risk etc)?

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74 Derby Street, Westport

RE property 74 Derby Street Westport owned by WCDHB: 1. When was the house last occupied by DHB staff? 2. Has anyone else occupied the house since – if so when was it last occupied? 3. How much rental income – if any – has the DHB received from the house in the last decade? 4. How much has the house cost the DHB each year for the last decade for: maintenance (including lawns), rates, insurance, other costs (each item listed separately please)? 5. Why has the DHB not sold the property or renovated it to a rental standard, given Westport is very short of housing? 6. What are the DHB’s plans for the property?

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COVID-19

Requested re COVID-19 for calendar year 2020: • Situation reports
• Status reports
• Intelligence insight reports
• Action, response and recovery plans
• Task matrices, plans, or similar
• Decision logs
• Resource requests
• Briefing / Cabinet papers
• Organisation charts
• Debrief / Lessons report

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Malnutrition

The number of children and adults admitted to hospital with malnutrition, broken down by age, between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2020.

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Total spend on casual workers

Please can you advise on the total spent on temporary casual / bank and agency workers by the District in the periods Financial Year 18/19 and 19/20. Your response should be broken down by professional group and financial year.

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NOS, Nitrous Oxide

The rise in the use of nitrous oxide, also known as NOS, whippets, nangs and laughing gas – Emergency Department information over last 2 years

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Diabetes Retinal Screening Service

For 2020, the number of screens for diabetic retinopathy purchased, the number of screens delivered, and the DNA rate./How many diabetic retinopathy screening episodes were delivered during lockdown, and how long any disruption lasted (i.e when did screening return to ‘normal’)./On January 1 2021, how many new referrals were on the wait list for their first screening visit, the average time spent on this wait list, and the longest individual time spent waiting./On January 1 2021, how many existing patients were overdue for their follow up screening appointment, the average overdue time, and the longest individual time overdue.

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Diabetic Retinal Screening

Percentage coverage for diabetic retinal screening (i.e the proportion of people with diabetes who have had a retinal screen within the last two years, or other reporting period)? 

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COVID-19 tests

How many COVID-19 tests, taken in the DHB region between 22 January 2020 and today’s date 28 January 2021, have been spoiled or damaged? Resulting in those samples not being able to be tested./How were the tests spoiled or damaged?/When and where the samples were taken and transported to?/What repercussions were there for those involved in the testing process, including the patients affected?/How many patients, whose tests were spoiled or damaged, subsequently tested positive for COVID-19?/Any and all copies of video and photographs of spoiled or damaged COVID-19 tests.

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Eating Disorder Service

*The pathway to access specialised eating disorder care within the DHB. *Broken down by age and sex, the current number of people awaiting treatment for eating disorders via that pathway – i.e. through the DHB mental health team, or specialist treatment facility.
*The number of people admitted to hospital with an eating disorder or a suspected eating disorder, broken down by name of facility, age and sex, between January 1, 2010 and December 31 2020. *The number of people who have accessed specialised eating disorder services between January 1 2020 and December 31 2020, by inpatient or outpatient status, sex and age. *If not available within the DHB catchment area, where can patients access publicly funded, specialised eating disorder care? *If eating disorder treatment services are contracted out and / or delivered by primary health care providers, please provide the name of the organisation delivering the service.

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Sterilisation of equipment

A detailed breakdown of any and all incidents relating to equipment not being properly sterilised by Canterbury District Health Board and West Coast District Health Board from March 2020.
Please clarify if the lack of sterilisation was picked up before or after patient exposure.

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Aged Residential Care – Official Information Act Request Response

1.) Does DHB have goals, targets, or objectives for current or future admissions to ARC? Targets could be expressed in terms of absolute numbers, annual percentage changes or changes in age-specific ARC utilisation rates. If yes, please supply docs or links to webpages and docs. 2.) Has DHB analysed cost of providing home support to older people with high or complex needs compared to cost of funding them in ARC? If yes, please provide copy of report or details of the report.

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Body parts returned to patient – Official Information Act Request Response

The total number of body part items returned to patients by the DHB during the calendar years of 2020, 2019, and 2018, broken down by the specific type of body part (including but not limited to, body tissue, bones, organs, placentas/products of conception) returned each year.

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Art works – Official Information Act Request Response

1) How many pieces of art does the DHB own? .
2) Please state what the art is. 3) If the artwork was purchased, how much did it cost to buy and when was it bought? 4) What is the combined total value of all of the DHB’s art?
5) Where is the artwork housed? 6) Has the DHB ever donated or loaned any art and if so to who, when, for how long and why? 7) Is the art insured and if so for how much? Has any art ever been stolen and if so was it recovered?
8) Has any of the art ever been damaged and repaired and if so when, and how was it damaged? 9) Has the DHB ever undertaken and art audit and if so when? 10) What is the benefit to patients of the artwork?

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Breastfeeding services – Official Information Act Request Response

Breastfeeding Support Services: • Number of FTE lactation consultants in the hospital(s)• Number of FTE lactation consultants in the community• Age of baby at which this funded support becomes unavailable. • Is there a dedicated tongue tie clinic for outpatient babies?• Is there a formal inpatient service?/What would the inpatient service entail?• Are these services fully funded by the DHB?• How many hours a week are they available?• Who runs them? (lactation consultants/doctors/…)• Up to what age of the baby are they available?• Is there a waiting list/how long would the patient have to wait to be seen?
ENT Service – (if it provides tongue tie treatment): Peter McIntosh with CBU?
• Is the ENT service fully funded by the DHB?
• If so, is there an age limit for this?
• Is there a set number of hours allocated to be available for tongue tie services each week?
• Is there a waiting list/how long would the patient have to wait to be seen?

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COVID / MDMA admissions – Official Information Act Request Response

1. Please provide a monthly breakdown of the number of people treated at DHB from 2016 to 2021 to date (including through the COVID-19 period) for MDMA related admissions. Broken down by age groups of those treated and ethnicity.
2. Please provide a monthly breakdown of the number of people admitted from 2016 to 2021 to date (including through the COVID-19 period) for MDMA related harm. Broken down by age groups of those admitted and ethnicity.
3.Please provide a monthly breakdown of patients admitted from 2016 to 2021 to date (Including through the COVID-19 period) for consuming substances disguised as MDMA e.g. Synthetic Cathinones.
4. Please provide a monthly breakdown of the number of people who have died from MDMA related harm at Canterbury District Health Board from 2016 to 2021 to date (including through the COVID-19 period).
5. Please provide a monthly breakdown of the cost for each person who was treated at Canterbury District Health Board from 2016 to 2021 to date (including through the COVID-19 period) for MDMA use.

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RMOs additional duties

1. The number of instances of cross cover in the last 12 months and the total payment for cross cover in this period./2. The number of instances of additional duties in the last 12 months and total payment for these, broken down into House Surgeons, Senior House Surgeons, and Registrars. And broken down into the rates for 0800-1200 and 2200-0800./3. The number of additional duties requests put out over the past 12 months that were not taken up by RMOs./4. The number of instances of additional duties paid at rates higher than those in the RDA MECA.

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Data sharing and patient consent

Data sharing at DHBs and PHOs / privacy officer / patient consent for data sharing / what we share, who we share it with

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Part time RMOs employed

1. The number of RMOs who were employed by the DHB in a less than 1.0FTE position in the past 12 months, broken down into part-time and job-share.
2. The number of established positions with less than 1.0FTE in the DHB as of 1 December 2020. 3. Where RMOs under the RDA MECA sit on each step of each salary scale within the agreement as of 1 December 2020.

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Sign-language interpreters

Which govt agencies that currently fund NZSL interpreting do not have contracts in place with suppliers and are instead operating in an ad-hoc manner?

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Mental Health facilities, ombudsman reports

Mental Health Unit data: name, location and number of beds for each mental health and intellectual disability unit (this includes forensic units)? Ombudsman reports

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Buller Health, Vacancies

In February the careers page on the link supplied showed all the services that were offered at the Buller Health (Buller Hospital). We are seeking the list of services that the page stated were on offer at Buller Medical.

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HDC, complaints

Information regarding the number of Health and Disability Commissioner complaints which resulted in disciplinary action or resulted in a review of hospital policy at West Coast District Health Board in the last three years.- Broken down by year, what complaint was about, where it happened, and if and how it was resolved.

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PHO, Primary Health Organisation, After hours, Urgent Care

1. Does your DHB have a current plan or strategy for the provision of After-Hours / Urgent Care Services as defined in the PHO Services Agreement? a. If yes, please provide a copy of the plan / strategy documentation.
2. As a DHB, do you directly provide or fund (either fully or partly) the provision of After-Hours / Urgent Care Services that meet the requirements of the provision of Urgent Care Services, as defined in the PHO Services Agreement?
a. If yes, please provide details of the nature and size of services funded or directly provided by the DHB (excluding financials). 3. Within your DHB district, do PHOs (or equivalent bodies) directly provide or fund (either fully or partly) the provision of After-Hours / Urgent Care Services that meet the requirements of the provision of Urgent Care Services, as defined in the PHO Services Agreement? a. If yes, please provide details of the nature and size of services funded or directly provided by the PHO(s) (excluding financials).
4. Are General Practices within your DHB district required to fund (either fully or partly) the provision of After-Hours / Urgent Care Services that meet the requirements of the provision of Urgent Care Services, as defined in the PHO Services Agreement?
a. If yes, please provide details of the nature and size of services funded by General Practice.5. Are General Practices within your DHB district required to participate in an urgent care / after-hours / on-call roster in order to meet their Urgent Care Services obligations, as defined in the PHO Services Agreement? a. If yes, is this participation (and cost of on-call availability of clinicians) at the cost of the General Practice or another entity?

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Hip / Knee replacement, private referrals

Hip and Knee replacements referred by private specialist / referred privately by specialist who also works for DHB / number of private referrals who don’t have to undertake an FSA

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Assaults

Date/numbers/figures of all incidents involving any DHB staff member (including contractors or causal workers) being harassed or, physically or verbally assaulted by a patient from any ward/area under the DHB’s jurisdiction in the last three years to date (07/12/2017 – 07/12/2020).

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Health Disability Commissioner, complaints

The number of formal complaints about surgical equipment mistakenly being left behind in patients in the last three years, which went to the Health and Disability Commissioner or resulted in a review of hospital policy.

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