Specialist Cardiac Consultations
We look forward to meeting you and answering all your questions to assist you in making informed decisions. The following information will help you to know what to expect and how to prepare when you come for your first appointment.
What to expect at your first appointment
During your initial consultation, your cardiologist will gather and assess any relevant information about your medical history. You may be asked questions about any recent hospital admissions, your family history and lifestyle factors. Sometimes, it is helpful to have a family member attend your appointment with you.
How long will my appointment take?
The initial consultation is generally 30 to 45 minutes in duration. Please allow plenty of time for your appointment. Occasionally, tests will be completed as part of your consultation.
What should I bring to my appointment?
To complete a thorough first consultation, the following information is required:
- Medicare or DVA card
- Pension Card
- Private Health Insurance details
- A referral from your GP or specialist
- Any recent pathology results
- Any results from recent investigations such as X-rays, CT scans or ultrasounds
- Discharge summary if you have recently been admitted to hospital – if you are not able to obtain your discharge summary, please notify the reception staff on arrival so it can be obtained prior to seeing your cardiologist
- A list of your current medications
- Home blood pressure readings for the previous week (if applicable)
What happens after my first appointment?
It is likely that you will be required to complete some investigations after seeing your cardiologist for the first time. Some of the investigations will be completed at Illawarra Heart Centre, others will be referred to relevant specialists in the area. Once your investigations are completed, you will return to see your cardiologist for follow up and further management.
How much will my initial consultation cost?
A quotation will be given at the time of booking your appointment for the expected charges. On the day of your appointment, an itemised receipt will be provided along with your expected Medicare rebate. All accounts are required to be settled on the day of the appointment, with the exception of Veterans Affairs and any insurance related claims.