Heart centre celebrates 10th anniversary

Early patient, Leigh Gallaway, Dr Brendan Gunalingam, and cardiologist Dr Andrew Hill at the anniversary celebrations

The Gosford Heart Centre is celebrating 10 years of providing the Central Coast with access to complex, state-of-the-art cardiac and cardiothoracic care which has seen more than 21,000 hearts mended since the centre first opened its doors.

Located within Gosford Private Hospital, Gosford Heart Centre has become a hub of innovation for the region, offering diagnostic and interventional cardiac care and treatment in addition to emergency care and emergency response.

Healthecare Head of Regional Operations – North, Matt Kelly, said the centre has played a key role in opening up access to cutting edge cardiac care for the Central Coast.

“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,” Kelly said.

Gosford Heart Centre Director, Interventional Cardiologist Dr Brendan Gunalingam, said the 10-year anniversary was a significant milestone.

“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,” 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.

“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.”

Frequent Gosford Private Hospital surgical patient and Cooranbong local, Leigh Gallaway, 76, said he jumped at the chance to be one of the first patients for the Gosford Heart Centre when it first opened.

“I had coronary angiography and then stenting performed when the centre first opened under the care of my cardiologist, Dr Brendan Gunalingam, and I haven’t looked back since,” he said.

“The convenience of being able to access quality care without leaving the Coast is just something you can’t ignore.

“It’s been great to have a front row seat to something like this and since my first procedure, I’ve had a shoulder and knee replacement surgery at Gosford Private under another specialist.”

Media release, Jun 10

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