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Boost for cardiac care

An angiogram was the first procedure carried out in LRH's new cardiac catheterisation laboratory.

Latrobe Regional Hospital’s new cardiac catheterisation laboratory has begun treating patients.

The cath lab is being run in partnership with Alfred Health which has assisted with recruitment of staff and training.

Head of Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratories at Alfred Health, Dr Arch Broughton described the new facilities as “absolutely beautiful”.

“A lot of training has happened with doctors and nurses going back and forth from The Alfred. The team has a very good vibe,” he said.

“Opportunities like this enrich their careers and job satisfaction. It all fits with Health Minister Jill Hennessy’s wish for patients to have advanced treatment without leaving their home town.”

Two interventional cardiologists have been recruited to head up the team.The cath lab will carry out diagnostic procedures for the rest of the year and move on to intervention in 2019.

LRH Chief Executive Peter Craighead said the opening of the cath lab was a turning point for specialist care in Gippsland.

“It’s widely acknowledged cardiovascular disease rates in Gippsland are high compared with the rest of the state, so to have a local cath lab is a step forward in improving the outcome for people in this region,” he said.

The cath lab was a feature of LRH’s recent $79 million expansion.