The Cardiology service includes the Coronary Care and Step-down Unit, the Cardiac Catheter Laboratories, a Cardiology ward, a Cardiology day ward, and the non-invasive and diagnostic Cardiology service.

Cardiology provides care to emergency and elective patients with:

  • Heart arrhythmias
  • Adult congenital heart disease
  • Ischaemic heart disease
  • Heart failure
  • Valvular heart disease
  • Genetic heart disease

Clinical initiatives

  • Major centre for arrhythmia treatment, research and training including complex electrophysiology procedures and atrial fibrillation ablation, and complex 3D mapping
  • Major adult congenital cardiac service run conjointly with The Royal Children's Hospital including structural intervention, arrhythmia and cardiac surgery service
  • 24-hour, 7 day a week acute myocardial infarction service with direct angioplasty and management of acute coronary syndrome
  • The heart failure service including outpatient rehabilitation: 'the big-hearted people'
  • Large structural cardiac intervention program including TAVI and adult congenital program
  • Combined cardiac pregnancy service with The Royal Women's Hospital
  • Cardiac genetics service run in combination with Genetic Medicine

Specialised services

Quaternary cardiac arrhythmia service

  • rapid access arrhythmia clinic
  • complex electrophysiology and ablation procedure
  • training of Electrophysiologists for Australia and overseas (predominantly UK)
  • PhD fellowship research program

Adult congenital cardiac service

  • congenital clinic
  • full arrhythmia interventional surgical program

Coronary angioplasty

We provide a 24-hour acute coronary angioplasty service for these procedures:

  • coronary angiography
  • angioplasty and stenting
  • electrophysiology
  • pacemaker and implantable defibrillator

Outpatient clinics

  • Cardiology (includes arrhythmia and valvular heart disease)
  • Adult Congenital Cardiac
  • Cardiomyopathy (heart failure)
  • Coronary Follow-up
  • Rapid access arrhythmia
  • Pacemaker
  • Implantable Defibrillator
  • Cardiac pregnancy
  • Cardiac genetics

The department run a general cardiac rehabilitation program and a specific cardiomyopathy (heart failure) rehabilitation program

Clinics

Cardiac Congenital City Campus Outpatients, Level 1 Centre
Cardiac Genetics City Campus Familial Cancer Reception, Level 2 Centre WED
Cardiac Pregnancy Congenital City Campus Outpatients, Level 1 Centre
Cardiology City Campus Outpatients, Level 1 Centre WED
Cardiomyopathy City Campus Outpatients, Level 1 Centre WED
Coronary Follow Up City Campus Outpatients, Level 1 Centre TUE
Defibrillator City Campus Cardiology, Level 2 South East WED
Pacemaker City Campus Cardiology, Level 2 South East THU
Rapid Access Arrhythmia City Campus Outpatients, Level 1 Centre TUE, WED, FRI
TAVI City Campus Outpatients, Level 1 Centre WED

Referrals

We accept GP and specialist referrals for this service.

Referrals are triaged depending on priority. Emergency cases can present to the Emergency & Trauma Service at any time.

To refer a patient, complete and send your referral to Outpatients by fax to (03) 9342 4234.

You can use the following form or a template from your own system:

Referrals should include:

  • relevant clinical history for the patient
  • the reason for referral
  • patient details including address, date of birth and contact phone numbers
  • your provider number
  • the name of the consultant (for Medicare clinics)

Special referral instructions

GPs can also refer electronically to the arrhythmia clinic via the Melbourne Heart Rhythm website.