MQ Health - Macquarie University

Cardiology clinic

Providing the highest quality patient care and treatment for heart-related conditions including coronary heart disease, heart failure and hypertension.

Patient Information

Answers to common patient queries.

What happens after I book my appointment?

MQ Health Cardiology clinic will call to confirm your appointment and remind you of any necessary reports that will be required for the day.

How long should I allow for my first appointment?

We recommend you allow around an hour for your first appointment. As it’s your first visit to our clinic, you’ll need to have some tests as well as a detailed discussion with your specialist about your medical history and condition.

What should I bring to my appointment?

We suggest you bring the following items to all appointments:

  • Referral – a valid referral from your medical practitioner or specialist.
  • Cards – Medicare, Health fund, Pension and Veteran Affairs cards
  • Medication list – of all your current medications, vitamins and supplements
  • Test results –that include CT, X-ray, heart test results and pathology (from the past 6-12 months)
  • Discharge summaries – or procedure reports if necessary
  • Comfortable clothing – if you are having a stress test

What will happen at my first appointment?

First, our staff will collect your completed patient information form and register you as a patient. You can also download and complete the patient form and bring it with you on the day.

Next, you may be seen by a cardiac technician– who is a university-trained allied health practitioner who assists your cardiologist.

Your cardiac technician or nurse will take any diagnostic tests required by your cardiologist.

You will then see your cardiologist who will analyse your test results, perform additional tests and determine the next steps for your treatment.

Your cardiologist will talk to you about your condition, when and if you need to come back, and your ongoing treatment plan.

Before you leave, our reception staff will create an account for your consultation and any testing performed. Upon payment, we can electronically lodge your account claim with Medicare. You can also make any follow-up appointments at reception before you leave.

Who can refer me to your clinic?

Your medical practitioner or another cardiologist can refer you to our clinic. Referrals from a specialist are valid for three months, while referrals from a general practitioner are valid for 12 months.

Can I drive after my appointment?

Check with your cardiologist before your appointment if you are okay to drive yourself home. In some cases, you may need arrange for a friend, family member or taxi to pick you up.

How much will my appointment cost?

The costs of consultations vary. First appointments can be more expensive than follow-ups because they tend to be longer and require more testing.

As well as appointment costs, you may need to pay additional fees for certain types of diagnostic tests.

If you would like to know the estimated cost of your appointment, phone our rooms on 02 9812 2900.

Will I get money back from Medicare?

Medicare offer rebates for your appointment fees and diagnostic tests with a valid referral.  In most cases, however, there will be a gap between Medicare rebates and our fees.

We can lodge your rebate with Medicare on your behalf when you pay for your appointment. Medicare will then credit your nominated bank account.

Will I get money back from my private health insurance?

Most private policies only cover you when you are admitted to hospital and don’t cover specialist consultations.

For more information, speak to your health fund directly about what’s covered in your policy.

When do I pay for my appointment?

MQ Health Cardiology is not a bulk billing practice, so you will need to pay at the time of your consultation.

Don’t forget to bring your pensioner, health care or DVA cards to ensure we bill you at the correct rate.

What if I am a Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) patient?

If you are a DVA patient with a gold card, we can lodge your account directly to DVA with no out-of-pocket expense for you. Remember to bring your gold card to each appointment.

If you are proceeding to surgery, you may need to have measurements calculated first. These detailed measurements will incur an expense.

How can I contact you?

To make an appointment with our cardiologists, or to discuss your heart health concerns, contact us on (02) 9812 2900.