Better Help for Smokers to Quit

41,610 smokers received smoking cessation advice and support from their General Practice team in the 2017/18 year, taking overall coverage to 93.7%.

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The Stop Smoking Support team, based at Pegasus, contacted 12,314 people on behalf of their General Practice team to offer brief advice and cessation support. Of those contacted, 1,146 accepted a referral to a cessation support service.

Referrals were made to external organisations, mainly Stop Smoking Canterbury Te Hā Waitaha or, if the practice preferred, people were referred to the General Practice for a consultation with their GP or PEGS nurse.

More Heart & Diabetes Checks


In the last five years, 106,765 people had been assessed for cardiovascular risk, as at 30 June 2018. This represents an increase of 2,888 assessments completed in the last year, with 81.5% of the eligible population having had a risk assessment by their General Practice team.

Cervical Screening

72.9%* of women aged 25 to 69 had received a cervical smear in the last three years (as at 30 June 2018).

*Note – the screening coverage period changed in 2017 to 36 months from 39 months previously. This has had a minor negative impact on overall coverage statistics.

Increased Immunisation

In the 2017/18 year, 95% of all eight-month-old and 94% of two-year-old children enrolled with Pegasus General Practices were fully vaccinated on time.

B4 School Checks

B4 School checks Henry Capon JarvisPegasus General Practice teams completed a total of 3,722 B4 School Checks in the 2017/18 year, of which 337 checks were completed in the community by the mobile outreach B4 School Check Nursing team.

The Public Health Nursing service completed 1,399 checks on behalf of Pegasus General Practices which don’t provide the B4 School Check. This equates to an overall coverage of 97.7% of four-year-old children receiving a check.

A total of 338 dental referrals; 232 vision referrals; and 186 hearing referrals were made as an outcome of the checks. 343 children were referred to a health professional due to concerns about growth/weight, while 127 families declined a referral.


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