BMDH Fact Sheet Cardiac care Cardiac care has changed The way we manage cardiac care has changed significantly over the last ten years thanks to improved technology, enhanced paramedic services and new ways of caring for you in hospital, and when you’re discharged. spacious, light-filled rooms and open feeling of the wards and treatment areas. In case of emergency, many ambulances now have ECGs and other equipment available to rapidly assess your condition. “It will be a world-class facility and puts us on the same level as other major hospitals such as Liverpool and Westmead for most types of treatment.” This means that in the event of an acute cardiac event like a heart attack, your treatment begins before you even arrive at the hospital. Artist impression of a typical cardiac patient room Cardiac services at Blacktown Hospital will soon be offered in a contemporary and purpose-built new facility. The new Cardiac Care Centre will include: health system. Mount Druitt will continue to offer outpatient services, cardiac rehabilitation, an exercise gym and a device clinic. BMDH Head of Cardiology Professor Robert Denniss said staff had been consulted about both the 12 beds new centre and the relocation of Patients with cardiac disease are Cardiology Inpatient Unit with acute services. also presenting more frequently 48 beds (in two wards) with other conditions such as “We firmly believe the relocation of Cardiac Diagnostic Unit diabetes, kidney or lung issues. acute services from Mount Druitt Provision of a second to Blacktown Hospital is in the best “If you don’t treat diabetes or lung interventional laboratory for interest of our patients, that’s why disease at the same time as you’re cardiac procedures in Medical my colleagues and I proposed and treating a heart attack, you’re only Imaging support the change,” he explained. doing half the job,” said Professor Extensive cardiac rehabilitation Denniss. “We’ve spent hours consulting with gym and more. planners and designers of the new “The consolidation of services at All cardiac services will be located cardiac centre to make sure it Blacktown Hospital will provide close together and related services meets our clinical needs and clinical easy access to other specialities such as the Emergency Dept and staff are excited about the such as diabetes or respiratory care Intensive Care Unit will be within opportunities for delivering the which are already based at ready access of the new centre. best cardiac care to local patients. Blacktown. It’s all about providing the best outcome for patients.” Acute cardiac services currently “The new facility is designed located at Mout Druitt Hospital will specifically for cardiac care, not for Construction of the new cardiac relocate to Blacktown, possibly as any other kind of speciality.” care centre began in mid-2013 as early as this year, in preparation for part of the BMDH Expansion Professor Denniss said that staff the opening of the new centre in Project Stage 1. were particularly impressed with 2015. the layout of the facility and The consolidation will help reduce patients will appreciate the amount of time patients need having more single to stay in hospital by reducing the rooms, ensuite facilities need for transfers, providing access and a patient lounge. to diagnostic services which can speed up diagnosis and simplifying “Patients and carers will be impressed by the the patient journey through the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) with New building www.bmdhproject.health.nsw.gov.au |[email protected]| 1800 155 102 Instead of old treatments such as clot-busting drugs, patients in hospital are now treated with balloons and stents to unclog the artery. This has resulted in a 30% reduction in heart attack deaths and has more than halved the risk of serious complications such as stroke. In the new Cardiac Care Centre at BMDH Blacktown, we will be able to offer most types of cardiac care, including some services such as cardiac MRI and a specialist arrhythmia clinic which were previously not available locally. Patients who require cardiothoracic (open heart) surgery would continue to have their surgery at Westmead Hospital and attend Blacktown or Mt Druitt campus for postsurgery rehabilitation. By enhancing services at BMDH, we’re ensuring this critical service continues to grow and save lives. FAQ: Cardiac care at Mount Druitt Is Mount Druitt’s cardiac ward closing? The beds are not being closed, just relocated. Mount Druitt’s acute cardiac beds will transfer to a new purpose-built facility in the clinical services building at Blacktown Hospital, but other cardiac services will remain at Mount Druitt. Why is that important? At Blacktown, you will be able to get all your acute cardiac BMDH competes locally and care in one location. Rapid internationally for the best general and specialist staff. We assessment using the latest aim to be an employer of choice diagnostic technologies, critical care, recovery and in the local area so offering rehabilitation will all be more development available in the new centre. opportunities for staff is a critical factor in attracting new When are cardiac services employees. Consolidating and relocating? continually improving services The plan is to consolidate also provides more services into the new Cardiac opportunities for research, and Care Centre in 2015, but ongoing clinical education for services could relocate earlier if the health professionals of the there is an opportunity. An early future. move would help staff and The new Cardiac Care Centre at Blacktown will also have a cardiac gym with structured exercise and patient education services after cardiac illness or surgery. There are also plans to provide this service at convenient community locations in the future as many people prefer not to return to the hospital for ongoing exercise and lifestyle education. Can I still get my pacemaker checked at Mount Druitt or will I have to go to Blacktown? patients adjust to the new Mount Druitt will still operate a model of care, but at this stage device clinic for checking there is no date for a relocation. pacemakers and other implants. Cardiac care is still being offered Will staff lose their jobs? More information about Mt at Mount Druitt and will be Druitt services will be provided No, staff will have a choice to Why are beds being relocated? available there until services transfer with the service, or go closer to the time. relocate to Blacktown. to a different service. Some My cardiologist only works at A decision was taken several However, patients are already Mount Druitt staff are already Mt Druitt. Will I still go to Mt years ago during a review of being transferred to Blacktown on rotation through Blacktown Druitt for consultations? clinical services across the for some types of services. in preparation for the move. Blacktown and Mount Druitt Your cardiologist will advise you Currently, if you have a cardiac that consolidating cardiac where you can go for your What happens to the episode and call an ambulance, services into one purpose-built equipment that was donated to consultation but most you are most likely to be taken facility would provide more the cardiac service by cardiologists are already seeing to Blacktown (or another major benefits for patients, eliminate volunteers? patients at Blacktown, hospital such Westmead or unnecessary duplication of The cardiac gym at Mount Druitt Westmead or Nepean, Nepean depending on your services and speed up the regardless of whether they live will remain there, so gym condition). diagnosis and recovery time for at Mount Druitt or Blacktown. It equipment donated by If you present to Mount Druitt patients with heart problems. depends on your individual volunteers will stay in the emergency and your condition cardiologist. Cardiologists and other Mount Druitt gym. Other is critical, you will be clinicians feel it is not possible equipment will be reviewed and I live at Mount Druitt. How will transferred to Blacktown. to provide the full spectrum of assessed, and the hospital will I get to Blacktown Hospital for If your condition is not critical, services at both hospitals and consult with the volunteers treatment? you may be admitted to Mount about the transfer or that the decision will be in the We will provide you with Druitt as an inpatient, but you best interests of patients. reallocation of any donated parking, public transport and may still need to be transferred equipment. This is standard Patients will benefit from a new patient transport information to Blacktown for diagnostic practice and happens frequently closer to the time. one-stop-shop at Blacktown services such as cardiac in health services as facilities that can support new ways of Is Mount Druitt Hospital catheterisation and imaging. are updated or relocated. delivering cardiac care. closing? This involves patient transport Can I still go the cardiac gym at Consolidating services on one No, there are no plans to close from Mount Druitt to Blacktown Mount Druitt? campus will also provide more Mount Druitt Hospital. and back, sometimes several opportunities for healthcare Yes, the cardiac gym service will Emergency, dental and times. Relocating acute cardiac staff and make the hospital remain for people who want to rehabilitation services have care to Blacktown will eliminate more attractive to new staff. continue their rehabilitation at recently been significantly this duplication. Mount Druitt. expanded and there are plans to increase some types of surgery in the future. Mount Druitt is close to me. Why can’t I stay there for cardiac care? www.bmdhproject.health.nsw.gov.au |[email protected]| 1800 155 102 | BMDHProject on social media 20141107_V7 Acute cardiac services currently offered at Mount Druitt Hospital will transfer to Blacktown Hospital. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about the relocation.
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