11 Apr Bringing advanced cardiac care closer to home
Most recently RVH’s Cardiovascular program announced yet another increase in service to heart patients in the region. The program now provides 24/7 cardiology on-call coverage, regional access to Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) beds and access to cardiologists in its Urgent Cardiology Care Clinic.
And as fate would have it one of the very first patients to benefit from the increase in service was Jim Lowrie, an RVH volunteer and Dr. Dibble’s Grade 5 teacher.
“The care has been fantastic here,” says Lowrie, 82 and recovering from a heart attack. “Everyone has explained all the tests and procedures so well to us.”
RVH is working to change that by making advanced cardiac its highest clinical priority.
North Simcoe Muskoka is the only region in the province that does not currently provide advanced cardiac services to its residents, meaning 3,600 patients must travel outside the region for heart care every year. The health centre continues to work closely with the provincial government and Newmarket’s Southlake Regional Health Centre to develop an advanced cardiac program at RVH. The stand-alone unit will provide heart diagnostics and interventions, such as angiograms and angioplasty which are currently not available anywhere in Simcoe Muskoka.