We care for patients who need advanced cardiothoracic surgery. Our Cardiothoracic Surgery service is the largest in Victoria and second largest in Australia.

Key points

  • Our focus is cardiothoracic surgery
  • We specialise in thoracic surgery and lung cancer
Patients need a referral from their GP or healthcare provider. Access referral information

What we do

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
  • 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, including:

  • Lung and oesophageal tumours
  • Management of thoracic trauma

Our clinics

Cardiothoracic Review Clinic
The RMH Parkville
Cardiothoracic Clinic
The RMH Parkville
Thoracic Aortic Clinic
The RMH Parkville
For patients
For health professionals

Need to change or cancel your appointment?

Do one of the following:

  • Access Health Hub to change the appointment yourself
  • Complete our online form and we'll change it for you
  • Call Specialist Clinics (Outpatients) on (03) 9342 7393 and we'll help you over the phone

What to bring

Every time you come

Every time you come in 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 a clinic appointment

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

  • Your appointment letter
  • Any special items listed on your letter
  • Your appointment book (if relevant)
  • TAC or WorkCover claim number

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 or tablet and phone, provided you are happy to take responsibility for them

Do not bring (for overnight or longer stay)

And if you're staying overnight or longer, 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

Links & documents

Head of service
Mr Peter Skillington
Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery
A/Prof Phillip Antippa
Head of Thoracic Surgical Services
Contact us
Cardiothoracic Surgery
(03) 9342 7897
Cardiac Surgery Liaison Nurse
(03) 9342 4541
Thoracic Surgery & Lung Cancer Liaison Nurse
(03) 9342 8863
The RMH Parkville
Level 2 North
300 Grattan St, Parkville, Victoria
(03) 9342 4234
Referrals for Specialist Clinics
Planned Surgery & Pre-Admission
When you receive our letter, call Bookings to make your appointment.
(03) 9342 7893
Pre-Admission Clinic
(03) 9342 8400
Bookings and waitlist enquiries
The RMH Parkville
Level 3 East
300 Grattan St, Parkville, Victoria
Surgery waiting list
Contact the RMH Waiting List Coordinators for enquiries about the current surgical waiting list
Last updated 11 January 2023