Doctors perform a heart procedure at the cardiac catheter laboratory at Mackay Base Hospital.
Doctors perform a heart procedure at the cardiac catheter laboratory at Mackay Base Hospital. Contributed

Cardiac centre pumping with energy

IT IS the centre that has kept the region's heart pumping and doctors are looking to expand the service.

Over its five years of operation, the cardiac catheter laboratory at Mackay Base Hospital has carried out 4300 procedures for heart conditions.

Since 2014 the hospital service has allowed residents to avoid the long trip to Townsville or Brisbane to check on their heart health.

MHHS Chief Executive Jo Whitehead said the heart treatment service put Mackay patients "on an equal footing with people living in larger cities and we can all be proud of that”.

With heart disease remaining a leading cause of death in Australia, Director of Cardiology Dr Michael Zhang said it was important the Mackay region maintained the specialist service.

In 2017-18 the laboratory announced a 24-hour service, which would run five days a week.

"Expanding our services has meant faster care, fewer transfers to other hospitals, better patient outcomes, shorter hospital stays and increased patient satisfaction.”

As the service marks its fifth year in operation Ms Whitehead is proposing an expansion of the laboratory.

"The next thing we would like to do is to expand to a having a 24/7 on-call service.”

On Saturday the laboratory will host its first Cardiac Forum which is expected to attract 60 doctors, radiologists, nurses and cardiac scientists.


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