Reporting Adverse Events

Health care is a complex process, has associated risks and that patients may become harmed when receiving care intended to help them. Hauora Tairawhiti is committed to providing safe and quality care by putting the patient at the centre of everything we do. Whilst we acknowledge that adverse events can take place, we are always looking at new strategies to prevent them. Each year DHBs are required to release information relating to adverse events which have occurred within their hospitals. 

An adverse event is one which has resulted in significant additional treatment, major loss of function, is life threatening or has led to an unexpected death. The DHB is required to review these events and report them to the Health, Quality & Safety Commission. The Commission then collates this information and it is published on their website www.hqsc.govt.nz 

Each adverse event is thoroughly reviewed to look for opportunities to learn from them and implement improvements to avoid such incidents in the future.

Hauora Tairawhiti's adverse event report for 2015/16 was released on 10 November 2016. There were 8 serious adverse events reported to the commision which is an increase on last year (two for 2014/15).

Hauora Tairāwhiti: Adverse Events July 2015 - June 2016 (PDF 103KB)

Previous Adverse Event Reports

Hauora Tairawhiti Adverse Events 2014-2015 (PDF 95KB)

Hauora Tairawhiti Adverse Events 2013-2014 (PDF 93KB)

Hauora Tairawhiti Adverse Events 2012-2013 (PDF 103KB)