WBHHS Chief Executive Adrian Pennington, Bundaberg Cardiology interventional cardiologist Dr Andre Conradie and WBHHS Board Chair Peta Jamieson at the announcement of the partnership. Photograph by Paul Beutel
Bundaberg Cardiology, part of the GenesisCare network, and Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service have struck a new public-private agreement giving Wide Bay patients access to high quality, life-saving cardiac angiogram and stenting services in their own region.
Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board Chair Peta Jamieson said the five-year agreement would allow patients to have some cardiac procedures performed locally in Wide Bay rather than in Brisbane.
“This $11 million contract provides care to public patients who present to local emergency departments in urgent need of an angiogram or, in some cases, a stent if it’s clinically required,” Ms Jamieson said.
“Previously, patients needing these often time-critical services were transferred to a tertiary facility in Brisbane.
Bundaberg Cardiology operates its cardiac service out of the Friendly Society Private Hospital.
GenesisCare Cardiologist and Executive Manager of HeartCare Prof Stephen Worthley said its group of cardiologists was delighted to be increasing access to best-in-class services for public patients in the region.
“We are incredibly pleased to be partnering with Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service to ensure that its community has access to state-of-the-art interventional cardiology services close to home,” Prof Worthley said.
“For patients with an urgent heart condition, it is critical to diagnose and deliver the right care precisely when it’s needed.
“Reducing the time to treatment will save lives for patients having a heart attack, and with the next closest cardiac catheter lab – where procedures such as diagnostic angiograms, stenting and pacemaker insertions take place – more than three hours away, these local services are so important.”
WBHHS Chief Executive Adrian Pennington said it had been a priority to boost access to more local specialist services where it was appropriate and cost-effective.
“This partnership is a continuation of our aim to give Wide Bay patients access to the highest-quality service at the right time,” Mr Pennington said.
“A key aspect of this agreement is ensuring patients have access to quality interventional cardiology support in their own region.
“This translates to better health outcomes for our patients, and means a lot less inconvenience for them and their support networks.”