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Clear vision for local specialised cardiac services

5 September 2018

A Rockhampton Hospital hybrid theatre would support a Central Queensland-wide cardiac service and deliver a larger range of services than a cardiac catheterisation laboratory, Chief Executive Steve Williamson said yesterday.

The CQ Health boss said the health service had a very clear vision of Rockhampton Hospital providing comprehensive, integrated and co-located services. A hybrid theatre was just one of the elements that would comprise and support the delivery of an increased range of health services locally.

“We believe that the safest and most sustainable way we can improve health services for Central Queenslanders and to reduce their need to travel to Brisbane is to carefully plan and introduce services as part of a support network.

“A hybrid theatre – which delivers everything that can be provided in a catheterisation lab and much more – should be supported by co-located critical care services such as a High Dependency Unit, Coronary Care Unit and Intensive Care Unit with access to 24-hour emergency surgery.

“It will only be possible to deliver that level of patient safety with a facility developed at Rockhampton Hospital – just metres from one of the best Intensive Care Units in regional Australia,” Mr Williamson said.

A hybrid theatre is also an operating theatre supported by specialised medical imaging that allows vascular surgery, the treatment of gall and kidney stones and a wide range of other services.

Mr Williamson said that to his knowledge neither CQ Health or Rockhampton Hospital were currently involved in negotiations with Mater Rockhampton to outsource public cardiac patients to the private sector.

“While we wish the Mater every success with its service, CQ Health believes the safest way to deliver a comprehensive service in Rockhampton and reduce the need to travel to Brisbane is to develop its own service and facility.”

Mr Williamson said the health service would be interested in developing joint-appointment arrangements for clinical staff so they could work across the public and private sectors and have access to a larger range of service delivery.

“Our vision would support the delivery of a comprehensive cardiac service in Gladstone and outpatient services at Emerald. To achieve this, we need a hybrid theatre at Rockhampton Hospital.”

Mr Williamson said the vision was for the delivery of a comprehensive hybrid theatre by 2023 saving 1400 trips to Brisbane for cardiac treatment every year by 2030.

Last updated: 12 October 2018

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