Work is well underway to get Royal Victoria Hospital’s second cardiac intervention suite up and running.
RVH says state-of-the-art equipment is currently being installed in the suite, which would allow the healthcare facility to ramp up heart services. It is expected the hospital would soon be able to provide around-the-clock advanced cardiac care as a result.
“In the spring of 2020, the heart program is scheduled to begin providing care 24/7. That means paramedics will begin transporting heart attack patients from across North Simcoe Muskoka directly to RVH for treatment, bypassing other local emergency departments,” explains Dr. Mark Kotowycz, medical director of the Cardiac Intervention Unit. “This is a very important step because the faster a patient can be treated, the better the outcome. When it comes to the heart, ‘time is muscle.’ ”
“We plan to begin pacemaker implant procedures by October,” explains Dr. Seeger Shen, RVH cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist. “Having this service available closer to home means that some pacemaker patients in this region will not have to travel outside the area to have their procedure.”
It is expected the second cardiac intervention suite will be operational by the end of this month.