Cardiology

Assessment and management of adult acute and chronic cardiac conditions and outpatient cardiology investigations.

Availability

North South North West Statewide

Scope

THS Southern and Northern Region

Patients under the age of 17 should be referred to paediatric clinics.

The RHH and LGH Cardiology Departments provide comprehensive care and services in general cardiology, heart failure, cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary hypertension, the management of cardiac arrhythmias and implantable devices, echocardiography, diagnostic and interventional cardiology, including 24/7 emergency cardiac intervention service.

The Department is actively involved in a broad range of clinical research and clinical trials.


THS North West Region

Patients under the age of 15 should be referred to paediatric clinics.

NWRH and MCH - non-urgent cardiology referrals can be made Outpatients Department.

Emergency conditions

Emergency conditions/symptoms include (not an exhaustive list):

  • Acute cardiac failure
  • Acute coronary syndrome
  • Acute myocardial infarction
  • Acute symptomatic AF
  • Acute symptomatic SVT
  • Acute unstable angina
  • Malignant hypertension
  • Suspected or proven bacterial endocarditis
  • Symptomatic Bradycardia/Bradyarrhythmias
  • Syncope Ventricular tachycardia

Referral process

A referral (preferably faxed) is required for all new appointments and must conform to the Referral Standards as outlined on For Clinicians.

Referrals are registered by the clinic to who they are referred and are triaged according to the specific clinic guidelines.

Urgent referrals should be accompanied by a phone call to the Consultant/Registrar or Clinic Nurse to organise urgent review.

Acute: if symptomatic send to ED and/or contact Cardiology Registrar.

Clinic Appointments – Appointments are based on clinical priority:

Emergency

Proceed to Emergency Department (ED). Please contact ED Medical Officer in Charge:
LGH ED – Phone: (03) 6777 6405  Fax: (03) 6348 7382
MCH ED – Phone: (03) 6478 5120  Fax: (03) 6426 5115
NWRH
ED – Phone: (03) 6493 6340  Fax: (03) 6430 6691
RHH ED - Phone: (03) 6166 6100  Fax: (03) 6222 8919

Urgent / category 1

Urgent referrals should be accompanied by a phone call to the Consultant/Registrar to organise urgent review and the referral must be faxed.

We will endeavour to see these patients within one week, or sooner if clinically indicated.

Semi-urgent / category 2

We will endeavour to see these patients within four weeks

Routine / category 3

Next available appointment usually within eight weeks

Referral template

For use by health professionals only

Additional information

More information about RHH Cardiology Services