Healthy hearts a priority at Strathfield Private
May 17, 2021
Dozens of visitors and staff have been treated to free heart health checks as Strathfield Private Hospital celebrated Heart Week.
The recently renovated foyer was transformed into a mini-clinic decorated with heart-shaped balloons, stickers and information pamphlets to help the community understand heart disease and learn ways to reduce their risk.
Nurses carried out cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar level checks, and most importantly raised awareness about heart health.
Strathfield Private Hospital cardiologist Professor Ian Wilcox said it was a great way to celebrate the roles that healthcare professionals play in the team sport of health.
“Heart Week is a great opportunity to recognise the major effect of heart disease on the health of Australian men and women. It may come as a surprise to know heart disease has always been the number one killer of women,” Professor Wilcox said.
“What distinguishes Strathfield Private Hospital from many others is the culture of putting patients and their families at the centre of everything we do and the Ramsay motto of people caring for people lives on as we celebrate Heart Week”.
Strathfield Private Hospital has been performing advanced cardiac surgery for Sydney’s inner-west community for more than 30 years. It is supported by a 29-bed cardiovascular unit, 10-bed intensive care unit and 24/7 medical supervision.
Cardiac coordinator and registered nurse Cassandra Board said the free health checks were a great initiative to mark Heart Week.
“We really provide multidisciplinary care here at Strathfield Private, from the cardiologists, surgeons and nurses, to the dieticians, physiotherapists and pharmacy, we are working as a team to provide the best outcome for the patient,” Ms Board said.
To conclude Heart Week, 15 nurses were invited to an education seminar at Crowne Plaza Burwood, where cardiothoracic surgeons Dr Benjamin Robinson and Dr Hugh Paterson presented an informative session on mitral valve replacement and repair surgery.
Heart Week is an initiative of the Heart Foundation and was celebrated from 3-9th May.