Major expansion of cardiac services at Joondalup Health Campus
Nov 29, 2012
Patients will be able to have minimally invasive surgery for heart and vascular conditions at Joondalup Health Campus from 2013.
Ocean Reef MLA Albert Jacob this week officially opened the hospital’s first cath lab – the latest facility to open as part of the $393m transformation of the campus. The cath lab will be used to diagnose and treat a range of heart and vascular conditions in both public and private patients.
“The cath lab is now operational,” said Dr Jenny Deague, the hospital’s Director of Cardiology. “We have recruited highly experienced interventional cardiologists to ensure patients can have the tests and treatments they need at Joondalup Health Campus instead of having to travel to hospitals in the city for treatment.
“Services are being rolled out in stages,” said Dr Deague. “Patients can have diagnostic tests for heart and vascular conditions now. From early 2013, non-emergency patients will be able to undergo treatment.
“We will treat emergency cases where clinically appropriate – for instance when it’s not appropriate to transfer them to a hospital in the city. In time, we will offer a 24 hour emergency service to treat heart attacks once the local population grows to a size to sustain such a service.”
Ramsay Health Care, which operates the campus, has funded the multi-million cost of the new facility as part of its contribution to the redevelopment of the campus. Ramsay Health Care is investing more than $130m to expand services for patients.
Ocean Reef MLA Albert Jacob thanked Ramsay Health Care for its contribution.
“Our partner at Joondalup Health Campus, Ramsay Health Care has funded the multi-million dollar cost of the new cath lab enabling the State to roll-out these new services,” said Mr Jacob. “This is a terrific example of how the public and private sectors can work together to expand hospital services for local communities.”