The Marshall Liberal Government has announced that 24/7 cardiac services will recommence at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH) from today.
“The Government is delivering on its election commitment to restore 24/7 cardiac services at TQEH which will begin today,” said Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade.
“The previous Labor administration made a decision to cut cardiology catheterisation at the TQEH overnight and on weekends.
“Since forming government work has been ongoing to ensure TQEH has the capacity to deal with cardiac emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“We are committed to coordinated cardiac services across the Central Adelaide Local Health Network, delivering a range of services at both TQEH and the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
“We believe restoring the 24/7 cardiac service at TQEH will strengthen the hospital as a key cardiac centre with a focus on the common acute and chronic cardiac conditions of an ageing population.
“People want services as close to where they live as possible and with the population of the western suburbs being one of the most elderly on mainland Australia, we have returned 24/7 cardiac services at TQEH as a priority.
“Establishing statewide planning of cardiac services will enable TQEH to play its part in the delivery of quality, safe cardiac services.”
Central Adelaide Local Health Network Chief Executive Officer, Jenny Richter said a working group, which includes clinicians, has been advising on the upgrades required to the equipment, staffing arrangements and the after-hours cover for nursing and medical staff.
“A meeting with senior cardiologists, nursing staff and SA Ambulance Service was held last week with an agreement made on the final protocol for resuming 24/7 services at TQEH,” Ms Richter said.
“Additional nursing staff have been recruited to strengthen the coverage of emergency response after hours for both cardiology services and the medical emergency response at the hospital, and a range of equipment has been purchased to support the treatment of cardiac emergencies.
“We are pleased to see the 24/7 service being returned to TQEH today, and support ongoing work to upgrade the Cath lab equipment at TQEH.”