Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory (Cath Lab)

Bendigo Health is the leading provider of cardiac services in the Loddon Mallee region. The Cardiac Cath Lab is a clinical speciality area that undertakes a range of interventional and diagnostic cardiac procedures.

What we do

The Cath Lab provides a number of services, including diagnostic coronary angiography, stenting, electrophysiological ablation procedures, permanent pacemaker implantation and replacement and electrical cardioversion.

Other things include cardiac catheterisation and hemodynamic studies, electrophysiology studies, ICD implant and replacement, both subcutaneous and transevenous and loop recorder implant and removal.

Who we care for

We primarily care for Victoria’s Loddon Mallee region and surrounding areas, including southern part of New South Wales.

Cardiac Cath Lab offers an outpatient, elective, inpatient and emergency service.

How to access this service

To access Cath Lab you will need a referral from your GP.

What to bring

If you are coming to hospital for a day procedure or an overnight (or longer) stay, you should wear comfortable clothes, such as pants or a tracksuit that is easy to put on and take off. Shoes should be comfortable, closed with firm gripping soles.

Open-back slippers and thongs are not suitable and are potentially dangerous for you and are strongly discouraged.

Certain types of appointments or procedures might need you to wear particular clothing. Staff will advise you about this on the day of the procedure.

Commonly asked questions

How long will I need to stay?
Your stay will vary depending on the type of procedure you are having

Most procedures you will be required to stay for the whole day and discharged home with family or carer. Other procedures you will be admitted to the hospital for an overnight stay.

How long will the procedure take?
The time taken for the procedure will depend on the type of procedure you are having. The length of time for most of the procedures in the Cath Lab is less than an hour and up to two hours.

Can I drive home?
You are not able to drive yourself home following a procedure. You must have someone to drive you home and have someone stay with you for the first 24 hours post procedure. You will also need to stay within 20 kilometres of a hospital.

Will the procedure hurt?
Your pain will be managed with medication best suited to you and the procedure you are having. The nursing and medical staff will always endeavour to ensure you are comfortable and pain free wherever possible. Most of the procedures are undertaken under conscious sedation, in which case you will be awake but relaxed.

Head of Department

Dr Voltaire Nadurata

Day of Surgery Admissions (DOSA)
Level 1, Bendigo Hospital
Location

100 Barnard Street
Entry via Mercy Street, Bendigo, VIC, 3550

Phone

03 5454 6000

How to refer your patient

To refer a patient for a procedure in our Cath Lab contact Bendigo Health on 5454 6000.

Referrals from Cardiologists can be made directly to the Cardiac Catheter Laboratory via our fax: 5454 7019

Referrals should include:

  • Relevant clinical history for the patient
  • The reason for referral
  • Patient details including address, date of birth and contact phone numbers
  • GP or Specialist provider number
  • Please send referral to a nominated Bendigo Health Cardiologist

Clinical Service overview

The Cath Lab provides a number of services, including diagnostic coronary angiography, percutaneous coronary intervention (stenting), electrophysiological ablation procedures, permanent pacemaker implantation and replacement and electrical cardioversion

Other procedures include cardiac catheterisation and hemodynamic studies, electrophysiology studies, ICD implant and replacement, both subcutaneous and transevenous and loop recorder implant and removal.

Head of Department

Dr Voltaire Nadurata

Day of Surgery Admissions (DOSA)
Level 1, Bendigo Hospital
Location

100 Barnard Street
Entry via Mercy Street, Bendigo, VIC, 3550

Phone

03 5454 6000