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.
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”.