At the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town (RXH), interventional cardiac catheterisation is well developed, and we are able to perform most of the procedures of a modern paediatric cardiac catheterisation laboratory. In addition, we have developed a system, called CATHCHAT, whereby our catheterisation procedures can be transmitted live online.
While we are proficient in most interventional procedures, none of us are specifically qualified interventionalists. We are generalist paediatric cardiologists with interests in diverse aspects of paediatric cardiology, some with more experience in interventional procedures than others. It is one of the reasons that we have developed CATHCHAT: for us to learn from remote experts.