Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide


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The Department of Paediatric Cardiology provides cardiology services for children with heart disease in South Australia, the Northern Territory and the far western regions of Victoria and NSW.

The Cardiology Department has four Consultant Paediatric Cardiologists andconducts seven general paediatric cardiology outpatient clinics each week at the WCH, as well as outreach clinics in Port Augusta, Whyalla, Mt Gambier, Alice Springs, Darwin, Katherine, Gove, and Groote Eylandt. Twice monthly clinics are also conducted at Flinders Medical Centre in southern Adelaide. In addition, visiting cardiologists conduct regular pacemaker clinics, and clinics for transition to adult congenital heart disease.

Services provided include clinical consultation, transthoracic, transoesophageal and fetal echocardiography, 12 lead electrocardiography, ambulatory and event ECG monitoring, exercise stress testing, pacing, diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterisation, and Cardiac MRI.

How to access the service

For general enquires or appointments within office hours, phone (08) 8161 7261. General after hours enquires can be recorded on the Cardiology message bank.

For urgent after hours calls the duty paediatric cardiologist can be contacted through the hospital switchboard phone (08) 8161 7000.

To make appointments at the Flinders Medical Centre, please call (08) 8204 5511 and ask for the Paediatric Clinic.

For a clinic appointment in Alice Springs, please call the Alice Springs Hospital on (08) 8951 7777 and ask for the Paediatric Clinic. For a clinic appointment in Darwin, Katherine, Groote Eylandt or Gove please call the Royal Darwin Hospital on (08) 8922 8888.

For all other country clinics please call the WCH Cardiology Office.

Information for families

Your child will need a current referral from a general practitioner, paediatrician or other specialist. If attending as a private patient, your child will be seen by the cardiologist named in the referral. If attending as a public patient, your child will be seen by the duty cardiologist.

Whenever possible the department tries to perform any necessary tests on the day of your appointment. If several tests are needed the appointment can take up to three hours. Some tests will require you to return on another day. If so, the reasons for this will be explained at your appointment.

If your child has not been to the WCH previously you will need to register at the Patient Registration Office, in Paediatric Outpatients 1st Floor Rogerson Building, approximately 20 minutes before your appointment. A PMI (patient information) update form will be sent to you by the Cardiology Department for you to complete prior to your appointment. Please bring this with you on the day of your appointment. Please also bring a current referral letter, your Medicare card and health fund details (if appropriate).


Inpatients are usually nursed in WCH page link iconRose Ward if they are a baby, or in the WCH page link icon4th Floor Medical Ward for older children. Many of our patients will spend some time in the WCH page link iconPaediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) or WCH page link iconNeonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Patients admitted for elective cardiac catheterisation are usually admitted to WCH page link iconDOSA / WCH page link iconCampbell Ward.


General Business 9am to 5pm

Contact details

Units Head

Medical Unit Head
Dr Andrew Kelly


6th Floor Rieger Building

Mailing address

Cardiology Department
Women's and Children's Hospital
72 King William Road
North Adelaide
South Australia 5006


Ph (08) 8161 7261

Fax (08) 8161 7050

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last modified: 05 Nov 2020