Ashford Hospital celebrates 10,000th Cardiothoracic Surgery case

(Lto R) Ruth Paige (RN, Cardiac Theatre), Nicole Van De Ven (RN,Cardiac Ward), Andrew Sanderson (Perfusionist, Cardiac Theatre), Carmel Hook (RN, Critical Care Unit), Jane Ottens (Perfusionist, Cardiac Theatre).

In 1991, Ashford Hospital become South Australia’s first private hospital to perform cardiac bypass surgery and undertook its 10,000th case, on 21 June 2017.

After 26 years, Ashford Hospital remains at the forefront of cardiac care.

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, 2 angiography suites and the highest level of private critical care available in South Australia,’ explains Paul.

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.

The 10,000th case, an Aortic Valve Replacement, was performed by Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dr Hugh Cullen, on 21 June 2017. Dr Hugh Cullen was pleased to be involved with the milestone and stated, “10,000 cases is a major accomplishment and this has allowed Ashford to develop staff expertise, team spirit and well developed processes”.

The patient, Mr Tim Morris, has recovered well and discharged from the hospital on 27 June 2017.

When Mr Morris learnt of the milestone he said, "A big thanks to the all the staff for providing such a wonderful and caring environment, it was a real privilege to be the 10,000th patient. After seeing my Cardiologist Dr Peter Waddy for the past 20 years, the lead up to surgery was an extremely smooth and informative process and my Surgeon Dr Hugh Cullen did an exceptional job explaining my options. I felt very comfortable and at ease in their joint care at all stages of the process and would highly recommend Ashford Hospital to family and friends”.

The 25 year anniversary of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Ashford Hospital was celebrated last year 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.

“The celebration last year 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 specialist nursing staff.

The Ashford Hospital cardiac service is supported by a 24 hour Chest Pain Clinic, 2 Angiography Suites, on-site Medical Officers, a Critical Care Unit, dedicated cardiac wards and a cardiac rehabilitation program.