The Department of Neurology and Stroke, the Royal Melbourne Hospital is an internationally recognised centre for world-class patient care, specialty and subspecialty training, and clinical research.
The service is part of The Melbourne Neuroscience Centre and provides comprehensive clinical, teaching and research programs.
Neurology services include:
- Comprehensive Stroke Care Centre
- Multiple Sclerosis & Neuroimmunology
- Epilepsy Program
- Movement Disorders Program
- Neurointervention Program
The Neurology and Stroke Inpatient ward is on 8B. This state-of-the-art unit (opened in 2019) has 32 beds including 8 high dependency beds. The Neurology unit admits patients with acute neurological conditions across multiple sub-specialties including epilepsy, neuroimmunology, neuromuscular, cognitive neurology, headache, and neuro-ophthalmology. There are 37 consultant neurologists, several clinical and research fellows, 4 neurology advanced trainees, basic physician trainees, neurology ward HMOs, and stroke interns.
In addition to the Neurology and Stroke Inpatient ward, the Royal Melbourne Hospital Epilepsy Unit offers a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient services. Prolonged scalp and intracranial video-EEG monitoring is carried out at the purpose-built 4-bed monitoring unit within the clinical neuroscience ward. Evaluation modalities for surgical candidates include high resolution volumetric MRI, ictal SPECT, PET, fMRI, diffusion and perfusion MRI, EEG source analysis, polysomnography, neuropsychology and neuropsychiatry. In addition to drug therapy and surgery, other treatment modalities offered include the traditional and modified ketogenic diet and vagus nerve stimulation.
Comprehensive Stroke Care Centre
The Royal Melbourne Hospital Comprehensive Stroke Care Centre is an internationally renowned academic unit that caters for approximately 1200 inpatients a year and runs a world-leading research program including acute therapy research and clinical trials.
The Comprehensive Stroke Care Centre is one of only two statewide centres providing endovascular clot retrieval for patients across Victoria and hosts the Melbourne Mobile Stroke Unit, Australia’s first specialised stroke ambulance service with on-board CT scanner.
We provide pre-hospital, inpatient and outpatient services from The Royal Melbourne Hospital City Campus and accept referrals from across Victoria and nationally.
Read more about the Comprehensive Stroke Care Centre.
Our Comprehensive Epilepsy Program (CEP@RMH) provides state-of-the-art diagnostic technologies and treatments for people with epilepsy.
Read more about the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program.
Mobile Stroke Unit
The Royal Melbourne Hospital is proud to be a major partner and host to the Melbourne Mobile Stroke Unit, the first of its kind in Australia.
Read more about the Mobile Stroke Unit.
The Movement Disorders Unit at RMH is dedicated to providing quality care for people living with a movement disorder. We offer specialty clinics, in-patient consultations, clinical trial opportunities and multi-disciplinary support services.
Read more about the Movement Disorders Unit.
Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology
The Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology program incorporates both clinical and research activities. The program provides personalised, comprehensive and ongoing care for people with MS and other neuroimmunological conditions.
A dedicated Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Clinic provides a multidisciplinary approach through specialist nurses, social support including NDIS assistance, physiotherapy and neuropsychology in addition to medical and nursing reviews. We accept referrals from across the state.
Read more about the Multiple Sclerosis Centre.
The Neurovestibular Program aims to investigate ocular motility and has a specific focus on vestibular reflex activity and the effects of cognitive set and function on the performance of saccades, smooth pursuit and vestibular eye movements.
The program is investigating attention and hemispheric influences on vestibular, smooth pursuit and saccadic eye movements in normal subjects and patients with Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, melancholic depression, Asperger's disease and autism.
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 details and provider number
- the name of the consultant (for Medicare clinics)
- if your patient requires ongoing management, please identify the referral as being "indefinite"