John Flynn Private Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care


John Flynn sees 25,000 patients in Cardiac Cath Lab

May 17, 2011

Recently Mr Donald Flecknoe became the 25,000th  patient to have a cardiac procedure in the John Flynn cardiac catheter lab.

John Flynn Cardiac catheter lab. opened in April 1994 and since that time the dedicated team of doctors, technicians and nursing staff have been providing  interventional cardiac  procedures to patients from  Gold Coast, Tweed and Northern Rivers regions.   The initial one cardiac catheter lab and 2 doctors have now grown to 2 cath labs and 11 doctors.

The Cardiac specialists in the John Flynn Cath Lab are a highly-trained team of doctors who provide a comprehensive range of cardiac interventions They continue with their international training to keep up to date with the latest treatment and ablative  procedures.

John Flynn Private Hospital owned by Ramsay Health Care, (the largest provider of health care in Australia) was the first hospital on the Gold Coast to offer comprehensive cardiac services - from coronary angiograms and angioplasty/stents, to open heart surgery and cardiac electrophysiology.  John Flynn has provided cardiac services to the Gold Coast community for the past 17 years.

John Flynn Cath Lab Manager, Ms Heather Young said,  “We have seen many changes over the years particularly improvements in technologies. We now provide treatments for patients with ever more complex heart conditions. From the patient  with blocked arteries requiring a stent, to the treatment of  heart rhythm problems”.

“The most immediately rewarding procedure we do involves treating patients having a heart attack. Since 2000 we have performed over 900 heart attack angioplasties with excellent results”, Heather said.

“Although Mr Flecknoe’s symptoms were consistent with coronary heart disease, he was fortunate that he only required an angiogram and had a normal result”, said Dr Shailesh Khatri,  Mr Flecknoe’s,  Cardiologist. 

Dr Khatri also said  “The John Flynn cath lab has state of the art equipment and with the improvement in imaging techniques and equipment over the years, in 2011 we can now handle the more complex interventional cases rather than the patients requiring bypass surgery.  This is a wonderful advancement in interventional cardiology and provides  a far better outcome for our patients.