Cardiac patients at Maitland hospital will receive enhanced care after the state government funded eight mobile heart monitoring units worth $110,000.
The additional machines will help cardiologists and specialist staff assess and monitor patients in the coronary care and high dependency unit.
Health Minister Jillian Skinner and Maitland MP Robyn Parker will make the announcement during a visit to the hospital on Friday.
“It’s wonderful to visit Maitland Hospital to announce the addition of this equipment for the benefit of patients and staff,” Ms Skinner said.
“These mobile heart monitoring units will ease pressure in the hospital’s busy emergency department while also supporting staff to continue to provide the quality care for which they are known.”
The units assist patients with heart-related symptoms such as irregular heart rhythms, chest pain, stroke-like symptoms to provide a quick and accurate diagnosis.
“In the past, some of these patients have remained in the emergency department hooked up to permanent bedside monitors while waiting for mobile units to become available,” Ms Skinner said.
Ms Parker said the monitors would allow patients to move from the emergency department into a ward where the could continue to receive specialist care and be monitored.
“This will encourage patient flow in the hospital while also alleviating demand on the emergency department, especially coming into the busy winter period,” Ms Parker said.
Hospital general manager Trish Wilson said the units would bring a range of benefits including allowing patients to be move around.
“Because the units are portable, patients will be able to get out of bed and move about, which is something we encourage wherever possible,” she said.
BOOST: A $110,000 package from the state government will fund eight mobile heart monitoring units
“The units help patients to retain their independence and mobility.”
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