Hard working Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has officially ‘turned the sod’ at Rockhampton’s first Cardiac Catheter Lab.
The Federal Government contributed $3.3 million towards the lab which will treat patients with heart conditions, including through the implantation of pacemakers and defibrillators.
“This project is a breakthrough for Central Queensland heart patients,” Ms Landry said.
“Previously patients would have to travel out of town at great expense for these sorts of treatments.
“Providing patients with the ability to access these serviced locally will greatly reduce the stress of receiving treatment away from home, and the logistical challenges associated with travelling.
“These new facilities in Rockhampton will eventually service people in North Queensland too, all the way inland to Mount Isa.
“On top of this, Mater will be using local firm Griffin Builders throughout the construction of the facility.
“That means real, local jobs for construction workers in Central Queensland. Every dollar spent building this facility will flow back into our community.
“These new facilities are a significant investment in the health of those living in Central and North Queensland.
“This project demonstrates the Federal Government’s commitment to building a health care system that is robust, sustainable, equitable and world-class.
The Mater Rockhampton Cardiology and Central Services Sterilising Department Suite development project is a partnership between the Australian Government and Mercy Health and Aged Care Central Queensland.
The Australian Government has provided $3.3 million for two cardiac catheter laboratories and four consulting and clinical measurement suites, an upgrade of the central services sterilising department, and the purchase of associated medical and teleconferencing equipment at the Rockhampton Mater Misericordiae Hospital.
Mercy Health and Aged Care Central Queensland has contributed almost $4 million towards the project.
This project will improve access to interventional cardiology in the Rockhampton region and will enable the appropriate level of health services close to home, without the need to travel long distances.