10 years of healing broken hearts

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Gosford Private Hospital is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its heart clinic, which has delivered access to cutting-edge cardiac care for patients on New South Wales’ Central Coast.

The Gosford Heart Centre has treated more than 21,000 people since opening in 2012 including Leigh, a 76-year-old who was one of its first patients.

“The convenience of being able to access quality care without leaving the Coast is just something you can’t ignore,” said the Cooranbong local, who has also had several other types of procedures at the hospital.

“The fact I could get my other surgeries here too is just another reason why I choose Gosford Private Hospital and I can’t wait to see how they continue to help and care for patients over the next 10 years within the Gosford Heart Centre,” he added.

Interventional cardiologist Dr Brendan Gunalingam, who performed Leigh’s coronary angiography and stenting a decade ago, is the centre’s director.

“We’ve come a long way in the last 10 years, starting with one Cath lab and expanding to two, through to the present where the Gosford Heart Centre is now leading the region in undertaking standard and complex coronary interventional and structural procedures,” Dr Gunalingam said. 

“In the last 10 years we’ve seen the introduction of procedures involving Watchman implants and Micra pacemakers, which are the smallest in the world, further cementing our position as the leading cardiology and cardiothoracic hospital on the Central Coast,” he added.

“Patients don’t need to leave the Coast to access revolutionary and high-quality cardiac care, delivered through technology, industry-leading procedures and supportive on-site rehabilitation care.”

(L-R) Patient Leigh with Gosford Heart Centre's director Dr Brendan Gunalingam and fellow cardiologist Dr Andrew Hill

Run by Healthe Care Australia, Gosford is the largest private hospital on the Central Coast with 11 operating theatres and 148 patient beds.

Matt Kelly, the group’s Head of Regional Operations – North, said Gosford Heart Centre had played a key role in providing access to complex cardiac and cardiothoracic procedures for patients in the region, as well as diagnostic and emergency care services.

“The growth and evolution of this service since its opening demonstrates our hospital’s commitment to ensuring the Central Coast community can access and experience state-of-the-art technology, best practice and positive patient outcomes,” Mr Kelly said.

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