Not just a pretty space! New Cath Lab set to save lives

Significantly shorter wait times for treating cardiovascular disease are expected at Te Whatu Ora Counties Manukau with the new Heart Catherisation Lab, set to officially open on 5 October 2022.

A Cath Lab is a vital ingredient in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. It has specialised imaging equipment to see the arteries and chambers of the heart and treat blockages and other problems in the arteries.

“This new space means we can see more patients and save lives,” says Cath Lab Charge Nurse, Sandi Graham.

Sandi has worked at Te Whatu Ora Counties Manukau for 17 years and has been eagerly awaiting this additional specialised space.

“We are very happy and proud to have our new lab up and running.

“It means we are able to address significant waiting times and clinical risks to patients due to treatment delays. We will be able to help more patients here at Counties - where the need is,” she says.

Miranda Wassenaar, Cath Lab Service Manager, says that Coronary Heart Disease is the leading cause of death within Counties Manukau, with the District recording some of the highest related mortality rates in New Zealand.

“Maaori and Pacific people have significantly higher mortality rates than our New Zealand European and other groups this second Cath Lab will be literally lifesaving for our community.

“We are home to the second largest Maaori population and the largest Pacific population, so it makes sense to be able to provide additional services locally,” she says.

The new Heart Catherisation Lab was blessed on 9 September 2022 by our Whaanau Ora team and put straight into action with the official opening event on 5 October 2022.


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