Second Catheterisation Laboratory
– To provide 24/7 service for emergency cardiac interventions
Donations from our generous community funded the second Catheterisation Laboratory (Cath Lab) in order provide the foundations for Bendigo Health to offer 24/7 service for emergency cardiac interventions.
Time is everything in an emergency. Treatments for patients with heart disease and in cardiac emergencies are done in a Cath Lab to view real-time moving pictures of the heart and coronary arteries. This helps cardiologists diagnose disease and guides them during procedures. Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in Australia. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, people living outside of major Australian cities are 44% more likely to die from this disease than those living in major cities.
This second Cath Lab reduces the risk to those patients, and means that there is less emergency transport for cardiac patients to Melbourne; keeping families closer together. Importantly, this second Cath Lab will allow Bendigo Health to save time, money and lives in the Loddon Mallee community for those affected by heart disease – Australia’s biggest killer.