MAJOR MOVE TOWARDS CHILDREN’S BETTER HEART CARE HEALTH

Kids with heart conditions will benefit from enhanced Paediatric Cardiac Services at the $39.3 m Queensland Paediatric Cardiac Services relocated from the Prince Charles Hospital to the Mater Children’s Hospital in Brisbane. Queensland . AUSTRALIA

Health minister Stephen Robertson said in officially opening the new centre in June 2008 that the relocation was a milestone in the development of the new Queensland Children’s Hospital which will open in stages from 2011 to 2014.

“It will be the first time in Queensland a centre of excellence for paediatric cardiac services has been located in a dedicated children’s hospital.” he said.

Facilities at the cardiac service include:-

1…Cardiac specialists clinics and clinical measurements services

2…New state of the art catheter laboratory

3..Expanded paediatric intensive care unit with an extra 9 beds

4…Dedicated cardiac operating and perfusion areas in the theatre complex

5…A dedicated 19 bed cardiac inpatient ward area

6…Expanded allied health facilities

7…Administration areas for cardiac clinicians

Paediatric cardiac surgical procedures are already being undertaken and the service is expected to perform about 150 procedures a year.

Exerpt from  QLD HEALTH MATTERS jULY 2008 VOL 13

Posted by Henry Sapiecha