Koala – Cardiac Surgery

About Koala - Cardiac Surgery

  • Koala ward is a 30 bed unit that provides specialist care for patients with both cardiac and renal conditions. Patients of all ages ranging from newborns through to adolescents receive specialist cardiac treatments including cardiac surgery, medical therapies and electrophysiology. We also care for patients with a range of kidney problems managed both medically and surgically, and with renal replacement therapies of haemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and renal transplantation.

     

    What makes us unique?

    On Koala ward we are proud to be a National Funded Centre in a variety of areas including

    • Paediatric Heart Transplantation
    • Pulmonary Hypertension management
    • Hypoplastic Left Heart syndrome
    • Paediatric Ventricular Assist Devices (including both Berlin Heart and Heartware)

    Patients admitted to Koala ward come from all over Victoria, Australia and Overseas.

     

    Koala Ward is supported by both cardiac and kidney specialists, trainee medical staff and specialist nursing staff. They are involved in all aspects of patient care from admission – right through until discharge and long term follow up in outpatient clinics. Particularly complex or long term patients are supported by nursing care managers to help assist and co-ordinate their care.

    On Koala ward we continue to uphold the values of the Royal Children’s Hospital. We understand how important it is to Respect each other and work together in Unity as a team. We maintain our Integrity with all of our patients and families through our family centred care approach; involving parents in all aspects of their child’s care. We always strive for, and pride ourselves on achieving Excellence clinical outcomes in all aspects of our work, through our continual education of staff and by following evidence based practice in our protocols and procedures.