Calvary St Vincent Launceston private hospital opens new cardiac catheterisation laboratory

Grant Musgrave, Calvary St Vincent’s chief executive with the new equipment.

Grant Musgrave, Calvary St Vincent’s chief executive with the new equipment.

Calvary St Vincent’s Hospital has opened its new cardiac catheterisation laboratory and endoscopy unit, offering more choice for Northern Tasmanians with private health insurance.

The new laboratory and unit were opened on Tuesday by Calvary chair John Watkins and blessed by the Archbishop of Hobart the Most Reverend Julian Porteous.

Analysis on health services in 2014 reported that Northern Tasmanians had the lowest rate of coronary angiograms and cardiac intervention services nationally.

However, Australian Bureau of Statistics data reported Tasmanians in the North, North-East and North-West have the highest prevalence of cardiovascular disease nationally.

The cardiology team will provide angiography and pace-making services while the new endoscopy unit provides greater privacy and space for patients. Calvary hospital chief executive Grant Musgrave thanked specialists, architects, and patients for their input.

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