Milestone achievement for Perth heart service

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Hollywood Private Hospital has celebrated a milestone achievement for its cardiothoracic service, providing life-saving care to Perth patients.

The team has now performed more than 250 surgeries since the hospital’s multi-million-dollar, purpose-built theatre opened in late 2020, providing bypass and valve replacement procedures. 

“The cardiothoracic service means patients can be treated for their cardiac needs in one place,” said Director of Medical Services, John Maxwell. 

“Patients who present to our new emergency department with heart problems can have urgent heart surgery on campus if required.” 

Pragnesh Joshi is one of four cardiothoracic surgeons regularly working in the theatre. He is the only specialist in Western Australia performing the RAT AVR procedure – which allows aortic valve replacement without a breastbone incision, providing cosmetic benefits and a faster recovery time. 

“The team brings together thousands of hours of heart surgery experience and is capable of dealing with highly complex cardiac and thoracic surgeries,” Mr Joshi said. 

Hollywood Private Hospital has also become the biggest centre in Australasia for the HyCASA method of remedying persistent atrial fibrillation – an abnormal heart rhythm – while it hopes to soon offer transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) and mitral regurgitation treatment (MitraClip). 

“Hollywood is also the only private hospital in Perth with a multidisciplinary cardiac rehabilitation program, which is delivered by both nursing and allied health teams,” Mr Maxwell added.

“The aim of this service is to help patients throughout their cardiac surgery recovery and features a cardiac rehabilitation nurse specialist, a cardiovascular clinical lead physiotherapist, an accredited exercise physiologist, a dietitian, an occupational therapist and a pharmacist.” 

Hollywood Private Hospital's 2022 graduates are part of its 44th intake since 1994

Meanwhile, Hollywood Private Hospital has welcomed a record number of new nursing and allied health graduates in 2022.

Training and Development Manager Anne Green said the 43 new staff represented 20 more graduates than usual intakes.

They have started work across the hospital in specialties such as theatre, surgical and general medical, employed by Ramsay Health Care Australia on a permanent contract as part of a two-year fellowship program.

“A significant feature of this year’s cohort is we have graduate nurses who will have direct entry into mental health,” Ms Green said.

“This is also the first year we have a speech pathology graduate a well as registered and enrolled nurses.”

Ramsay employed an additional 100 enrolled nurses, registered nurses and midwives at its Western Australian hospitals in February 2022, and nearly 550 graduate nurses across the country, as it seeks to address the health industry challenge of shortages in clinical workforces.

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