Hunter-based Varley Group builds The Heart Bus seen on Australian Story

A WORK OF HEART: The Heart Bus, a mobile cardiology clinic built for cardiologist Dr Rolf Gomes by the Hunter-based Varley Group.

A WORK OF HEART: The Heart Bus, a mobile cardiology clinic built for cardiologist Dr Rolf Gomes by the Hunter-based Varley Group.

THE Hunter-based engineering business Varley Group has played a major role in helping a Queensland medical specialist create his life’s dream of a mobile cardiology clinic – “The Heart Bus” featured this week on ABC TV’s Australian Story.

  Dr Rolf Gomes

Dr Rolf Gomes

The Heart Bus is run by engineer-turned cardiologist Dr Rolf Gomes, who was practising in Queensland and concerned that people in rural and regional areas were either going without urgent health care, or travelling long distances to receive it.

The Australian Story episode used time-lapse photography of the massive articulated trailer being built at Varley’s Brisbane outlet. This film can be seen at The Herald online.

The Varley Group’s specialised vehicles unit has produced a range of military and commercial designs over the years.

A spokesperson said “the vast size of the Heart Bus was a momentous challenge, legally the largest trailer appliance allowed on Australian roads”.

It took eight months to build the bus, creating Dr Gomes’s “fully functional examination clinic on wheels”.

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