NEW HOPE AND HEART CARE

Car­diac ser­vice com­ing for St Vin­cent’s Pri­vate Hos­pi­tal

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St Vin­cent’s Pri­vate Hos­pi­tal Toowoomba and Bris­bane-based car­di­ol­ogy prac­tice Heart­care Part­ners, part of the Ge­n­e­sis­care net­work, have fi­nalised a joint ven­ture agree­ment that will de­liver a com­pre­hen­sive in­ter­ven­tional car­di­ol­ogy ser­vice to Toowoomba and the Dar­ling Downs.

Hos­pi­tal chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Kathryn Mc­k­eefry said the new car­di­ol­ogy ser­vice, which will be phased in from early 2018, is an ex­cit­ing ad­di­tion to the hos­pi­tal’s ser­vices.

“Heart­care Part­ners is one of Queens­land’s largest pri­vate providers of car­diac care,” Ms Mc­k­eefry said.

“They pro­vide a com­pre­hen­sive ser­vice that in­cludes a large range of in­ter­ven­tional pro­ce­dures per­formed by renowned clin­i­cians,” she said.

“The St Vin­cent’s ser­vice will com­mence with di­ag­nos­tic an­giog­ra­phy and will build up to in­clude in­ter­ven­tional ser­vices sup­ported by on-site in­ter­ven­tional cardiologists based in Toowoomba at St Vin­cent’s.”

The hos­pi­tal al­ready has the re­gion’s only pri­vate 24-hour emer­gency cen­tre to ac­cept car­diac emer­gen­cies at any time of the day.

In the past, these pa­tients have had to be trans­ferred to another fa­cil­ity for in­va­sive as­sess­ment and treat­ment.

“With the in­tro­duc­tion of our new ser­vice, we will be able to ad­mit these pa­tients for full car­diac in­ves­ti­ga­tion thus sav­ing vi­tal time in ar­riv­ing at a di­ag­no­sis and com­menc­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate treat­ment,” Ms Mc­k­eefry said.

Heart­care Part­ners car­di­ol­o­gist and Clin­i­cal Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee Chair Dr David Cross said, once in full swing, the com­pre­hen­sive on-site ser­vices will pro­vide pa­tients in the re­gion with greater ac­cess to highly spe­cialised in­ter­ven­tional cardiologists.

“Tim­ing is crit­i­cal in heart care, so we are very pleased to be bring­ing a new on-site di­ag­nos­tic an­giog­ra­phy ser­vice to ben­e­fit pa­tients at St Vin­cent’s Pri­vate Hos­pi­tal Toowoomba,” Dr Cross said.

“In the fu­ture, my highly spe­cialised in­ter­ven­tional col­leagues will also per­form in­tri­cate pro­ce­dures such as the in­ser­tion of pace­mak­ers and stents,” he said.

“It is ter­rific to be work­ing with St Vin­cent’s to ex­tend our high qual­ity care in Toowoomba and the Dar­ling Downs, and we look for­ward to a long part­ner­ship.”

Es­sen­tial to the de­liv­ery of the in­va­sive ser­vice is the in­stal­la­tion of a

hy­brid the­atre, which has been built as part of the $30-mil­lion Clive Berghofer The­atre Suites, and a soon to be cre­ated 16-bed car­diac ward.

Ms Mc­k­eefry said the hy­brid the­atre will be equipped with a state-of-the-art Philips Azu­rion 7 C20 Flex­move Hy­brid lab, the first of its kind in Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

“The in­stal­la­tion fea­tures a unique In­te­grated Cath Lab Work­flow and Clar­i­tyiq Tech­nol­ogy that has been de­vel­oped, over a num­ber of years, in close col­lab­o­ra­tion with clin­i­cal part­ners,” Ms Mc­k­eefry said.

“The sys­tem pro­vides an en­hanced user ex­pe­ri­ence for the car­di­ol­o­gist by de­liv­er­ing a seam­less flow of in­for­ma­tion through the lab, from the Heamo­dy­nam­ics to In­ter­ven­tional Lab and fi­nally im­age re­view­ing, re­port­ing and ar­chiv­ing,” she said.

“This level of sys­tem in­te­gra­tion leads to faster more ac­cu­rate pa­tient out­comes.

“The new sys­tem also has ben­e­fits for pa­tients and staff.”

Ms Mc­k­eefry said the Clar­i­tyiq pro­duces ex­cep­tional im­age qual­ity with ra­di­a­tion dose lev­els far be­low the in­dus­try stan­dard.

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