Medical Services - wait times

Requested by: NZ Herald | Response provided: 2018-07-31
Category: Medical, Hospital Capacity, Waiting Times

I write in response to your Official Information Act request, dated 02 July 2018. You requested the following information in reference to the letter sent to David Clark on March 13 (link below), https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12058630

Our responses are outlined below each question.

1. The letter highlights multiple occasions when a room has not been available for chemotherapy patients, leading to delays in treatment. Please provide data on how many patients have had chemotherapy delayed since January 1 2018, and what proportion this represents.

  • Please provide the average and longest delay.Please provide copies of any related reports or correspondence about the health outcomes of these delays, including from patients.

2. Please provide the number of patients who waited/ are waiting longer than the clinically assessed timeframe for a gastroscopy since January 1 2018, and what proportion this number represents.

  • Please provide the average and longest delay.Please provide copies of any related reports or correspondence about the health outcomes of these delays, including from patients.

3. Please provide the number of dermatology referrals rejected since January 1 2018.

  • What condition these related to (i.e. cellulitis),Whether the patient in question was a child or adult, and what proportion this number represents.Please provide copies of any related reports or correspondence about the health outcomes of these delays, including from patients.

Our reponse is attached

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