Invercargill Mayor Nobby Clark is recovering in Dunedin Hospital’s ICU after undergoing double bypass heart surgery on Wednesday.

Clark suffered a minor heart attack on December 27. He was admitted to Southland Hospital overnight as a precaution.

The following day he was transferred to Dunedin Hospital for further tests, where he has remained in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

He was originally scheduled to have a quadruple bypass but only required a double bypass.

Deputy Mayor Tom Campbell said Clark will likely remain in ICU for at least 24 hours and there would be no further comment to make at this stage.

“I am pleased to hear surgery went well, and myself and all the councillors wish Nobby a speedy recovery,” Campbell said.

Campbell said Clark’s overall recovery was likely to take a couple of months and Campbell would take the reins at the council until such time the mayor was ready and able to return.