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New state-of-the-art cath lab opens at St John of God Ballarat Hospital

This development is a part of the hospital’s ongoing redevelopment project.

24 Nov 2023

Acting CEO Maria Noonan and Cardiologist Dr Chris Hengel standing in the cath lab posing for a photo.
Left to right: Acting CEO Maria Noonan and Cardiologist Dr Chris Hengel.

Revolutionising cardiac care with advanced technology

Our new cath lab is not just a facility; it's a beacon of advanced medical care. Equipped with the latest in medical technology, the lab is designed to support a wide range of cardiac diagnostic and interventional procedures with enhanced precision and patient safety. Its cutting-edge imaging equipment ensures clearer and more detailed visualisations, a crucial factor in successful cardiac treatments.

Unparalleled features of the new cath lab

Our redeveloped cath lab is a model of innovation and patient-centred care. As a state-of-the-art, purpose-built department, it features the best medical imaging technology with minimised radiation doses, safeguarding the health of patients and caregivers. The expansive design of the lab accommodates a wider array of procedures, significantly broadening healthcare options for the Ballarat community. 

The tranquil, quiet environment is thoughtfully designed to alleviate patient anxiety, while the efficient patient flow through the department enhances the overall experience. For our caregivers, this lab represents a work-friendly environment that increases job satisfaction. 

Anticipating future needs, space for an additional lab underscores our commitment to meeting the growing healthcare demands of our community.

Dr. Chris Hengel, who performed the first procedure in the new lab, shares his excitement: “The new St John of God cath lab is a state-of-the-art facility giving our patients access to the best equipment available and for our doctors, the possibility of performing the most up-to-date and advanced procedures.”

Understanding the cath lab’s role

A cath lab is a special hospital room where cardiologists perform minimally invasive tests and procedures to diagnose and treat cardiovascular disease. The primary purpose of this lab is to visualise the heart's arteries and chambers and address any identified heart conditions effectively and promptly.

A commitment to comprehensive care

Matthew Lyttle, Director of Redevelopment, emphasises the strategic vision behind this significant development: "The opening of the new cath lab is a key step in our commitment to providing comprehensive, state-of-the-art care. It symbolises our dedication to evolving and adapting, to ensure that our patients receive the best possible care."

Acting Chief Executive Officer, Maria Noonan, reflects on this significant addition: "It's a testament to our relentless pursuit of excellence in healthcare and our ongoing mission to offer a place of healing and care for our community."

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For more information about our cath lab and other services, please visit our services page.

The cath lab showing storage cupboards and operating table.

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