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Care from the heart for the heart


BPH Vanessa Hutfield and Dr Mike Natale_lowresBuderim Private Hospital has launched a new Chest Pain Unit to enhance the level of cardiac care provided to the Sunshine Coast community.

Launched in April 2020, the Chest Pain Unit is located adjacent to hospital’s Emergency Centre and has been designed to provide patients experiencing a heart attack or chest pain with immediate and high-quality care and treatment.

Dr Mike Natale, Medical Director of the Buderim Emergency Centre, said Chest Pain Unit patients are provided the ‘gold standard’ of cardiac care.

“Patients experiencing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack can now access this unique service which includes being treated by an experienced emergency specialist in partnership with specialist cardiologists using an advanced diagnosis and treatment pathway,” Dr Natale said.

“The Chest Pain Unit has been developed in close consultation with our colleagues at the Queensland Ambulance Service and local General Practitioners, and we are proud to be able to offer such a comprehensive service to the Sunshine Coast community,” he said.

Karen Clark, General Manager of the Buderim Private Hospital, said the launch of the Chest Pain Unit is an extension of the one-on-one care from the heart the hospital has provided to the Sunshine Coast community for nearly 40 years.

“At a time when people are likely experiencing one of the scariest moments of their life, our community members can feel assured they can present to our Emergency Centre and receive high-quality cardiac care,” Mrs Clark said.

The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week and is supported by two dedicated Cardiovascular Theatres, a Critical Care service, pathology services and diagnostic imaging technology, including ultrasound, X-rays, CT scans and urgent access to magnetic resonance imagery (MRI).

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