Ashford Hospital celebrates 25 years of Cardiothoracic Surgery

In 1991, Ashford Hospital an ACHA hospital, managed by Healthscope, become South Australia’s first private hospital to perform cardiac bypass surgery. After 25 years and almost 10,000 patients later, Ashford Hospital remains at the forefront of cardiac care.

The commencement of Cardiothoracic Surgery was a momentous event at Ashford Hospital, led by Cardiothoracic Surgeons Dr Iain Ross and Assoc Prof John Knight.

The first procedure, a coronary artery bypass grafting, was performed by Dr Iain Ross and undertaken on 22 March 1991.

This surgical service was well supported pre and post operatively by Cardiologists Dr Leon Zimmet, Dr Bronte Ayres, Dr Ronald Lehman and Critical Care Specialists Dr Andrew Holt and Dr Al Vedig.

Paul Evans, General Manager of Ashford Hospital explains that the hospital is well known in the community for the high quality of their cardiac service.

“We devote a large part of our hospital to patient's with cardiac conditions and are well equipped with a dedicated cardiac operating theatre, two angiography suites and the highest level of private critical care available in South Australia,’ explains Paul.

The 25 year anniversary was celebrated with some 180 past and present specialists and staff at an event at Adelaide Oval on Thursday 27 October 2016.

The guest speakers; Dr Iain Ross, Dr Bronte Ayres and Dr Andrew Holt, shared their recollections from the early days and the challenges that were involved in setting up the service.

“This event was an opportunity for Ashford Hospital to thank to the specialists and staff involved in setting up and providing this service for the past 25 years, and we were thrilled with the interest and support” explains Paul.

Ashford Hospital has a dedicated cardiac operating theatre with state of the art facilities and a highly skilled theatre team including leading cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiac anaesthetists, perfusionists and nursing staff.

The Ashford Hospital cardiac service is supported by a 24 hour Chest Pain Clinic, two angiography suites, onsite medical officers, a critical care unit, dedicated cardiac wards and a cardiac rehabilitation program.