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About Sharpe Cardiology & Endovascular

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Our philosophy is to create the best team for the best result.  Accept nothing less. Receptionists It begins with your first contact which is usually via our highly professional receptionists supervised by Ann, our office manager of 18 years medical practice experience. You will be provided with all the information required to make your experience seamless and it will be provided in a clear and concise manner. Clinical Nurse Consultants (CNC) With a  minimum of 20 years cardiac and vascular hospital experience you will feel confident that your needs and general questions are being dealt with thoroughly.  The basic preliminary assessment is made by the CNC including computer data input, blood pressure measurements and a 12 lead ECG so the consultation with the specialist can deal with the important issues that concern you. Your nurse will flag important areas you may need special clarification on when you see the Doctor. She will also make sure all the information is available for your consultation so you get the most out of the experience. If you require a cardiac or vascular hospital procedure such as a stent she will often be Dr Sharpe’s scrub nurse so will be very familiar with your case. Your operative result is not only reliant on Dr Sharpe’s skill but also dependant on his support staff. Dr Sharpe Trained in all facets of cardiac and endovascular medicine, including all interventions, Dr Sharpe will listen, assess and explain all your options including expected outcomes and risks. Further tests may be required before a definitive management plan can be recommended. Technicians Our echocardiographers are fully qualified with tertiary credentials and are of the highest standard with a wide variety of experience in adult tertiary centres and private practice Our vascular technician is a registered cardiac and catheter laboratory nurse qualified in vascular ultrasound and regularly lectures in cardiovascular ultrasound.  Clinical Psychologist Occasionally, a patient may need extra support when coming to terms with an illness, or require counselling and treatment of various psychological conditions impeding their recovery such as anxiety disorder or depression. This service is available on site and provided by a mature, very respected and highly qualified clinical psychologist. Dietician A cornerstone of treatment is good dietary advice for prevention of further events which can be accessed on-site.

Associate Professor Ross Sharpe MBBS, FRACP: Cardiac and Endovascular

Interventionalist

Associate Professor Ross Sharpe has been a consultant cardiologist and endovascular interventionalist for 15yrs, working on the Gold Coast until 2007. During 2008 Dr Sharpe underwent advanced training in Newcastle, NSW, Leipzig, Germany and Dallas, USA.  He returned to the Gold Coast in 2009, opening his new practice at 2 Drury Ave, Southport. His vision- to create a high quality, holistic and all encompassing cardiovascular practice in a unique, pleasant and non-threatening environment.  Dr Sharpe and his team provide expert consultative, diagnostic, medical and invasive solutions for the simple to the most complex cardiovascular problem.  The aim is to improve prognosis and quality of life with the least disruption to the patient, patient's family and lifestyle.

Daniel Traves DMU (Vasc) AMS BN GDipN RN

Pulsewave Diagnostics Dan Traves is a qualified vascular sonographer with special interests in education, stroke, and advanced arterial disease. After training in Vascular Ultrasound at the Royal Brisbane Hospital, Dan has further honed his skills working in the private sector. He has been performing highly specialised vascular and cardiovascular ultrasound here on the Gold Coast since 2007. Dan also has over 10 years background experience as a critical care registered nurse; having worked in large tertiary hospitals in Queensland and the United Kingdom in a variety of clinical specialties including trauma/cardiothoracic intensive care, coronary care, hyperbaric medicine and cardiac catheter laboratory. Dan shares Dr Sharpe's holistic care philosophy incorporating this with his broad range of knowledge and skills, allowing him to communicate effectively with his patients and other health care providers. Anne "Simi" Simmonds R.N. Simi trained in general nursing at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. After a number of years working at the Royal Brisbane, Simi travelled and worked in Europe.  On her return to Australia Simi recommenced working as a nurse at the Royal Brisbane Hospital where she developed an interest in cardiac nursing. To this end Simi began to specialise in cardiac nursing in the Coronary Care Unit. In 1993 Simi moved to the Wesley Hospital where she broadened her knowledge and experience by also working in the Cath Lab. In 1999, Simi moved into the private hospital system on the Gold Coast. In this capacity Simi has known Dr Sharpe and has assisted Dr Sharpe innumerable times during his procedures in the Cath Lab. Simi uses continuing education to constantly update her cardiac nursing skills. Simi commenced as Practice Nurse for Sharpe Cardiology in mid 2010, whilst still maintaining her nursing duties at the Cath Lab where Simi continues to assist Dr Sharpe with his procedures on a weekly basis.