We care for elective and emergency patients who need advanced cardiothoracic (heart or lung) surgery. Our Cardiothoracic Surgery service is the largest in Victoria and second largest in Australia.

We care for people who need:

  • Coronary bypass surgery
  • Cardiac valve repair and replacement
  • Reconstruction of the aortic root and David procedures
  • Reconstruction and replacement of the thoracic aorta
  • Electrophysiology surgery for life-threatening arrhythmias - where the heart beats with an irregular or abnormal rhythm
  • Correction of congenital cardiac abnormalities in adults
  • Ross Procedures for aortic valve replacement

Thoracic surgery involves exploratory and diagnostic procedures, many through non-invasive techniques. These include:

  • Lung and oesophageal tumours
  • Management of thoracic trauma

How to access this service

You need a referral from your GP or medical practitioner to access this service.

Your GP will fax your referral to the hospital. Once we receive the referral, we will send you a letter.

If there is a waiting list, you'll be advised what to do in your letter.

Referrals are current for 12 months from the date of issue, unless it is specified as "indefinite". Keep a copy of your referral, so you can easily ask your GP to renew your referral if you need to.


Cardiothoracic City Campus Outpatients, Level 1 Centre FRI
Cardiothoracic Review City Campus Pre-Admission Clinic Reception, Level 2 East WED
Thoracic Aortic City Campus Outpatients, Level 1 Centre FRI

What to bring

Every time you come to hospital

Every time you come to hospital for a test, day procedure, surgery or treatment, you should bring:

  • Medicare card
  • Health Care card (if you have one)
  • Concession card (if you have one)
  • Adverse drug alert card (if you have one)
  • Medications you are currently taking, including any that you have bought without a prescription
  • X-ray films, scans, ultrasounds or any other test results you have which are related to your procedure
  • Private health insurance card (if you want to use it)
  • Aids (glasses, hearing aid, walking frame)
For an overnight (or longer) stay

If you come for an overnight (or longer stay), you should also bring:

  • A dressing gown and slippers, or comfortable day clothes and shoes
  • Your toiletries
  • Your iPad/tablet or smartphone, provided you are happy to take responsibility for it
For a clinic appointment

If you come for a clinic appointment, you should also bring:

  • Your appointment book
  • Your appointment letter
  • Any special items listed on your letter
  • TAC or Workcover claim number
Do not bring (for overnight or longer stay)

And if you're staying overnight, do not bring:

  • Your handbag, wallet, purse or large amounts of cash. Just bring a small amount for items such as newspapers, magazines or coffee

  • Valuables, such as jewellery, watches or other items of value to you

In a medical emergency, call 000. If you are feeling unwell, see your local GP or go to your local hospital Emergency department for help.