Accessing cardiology services
Patients are usually referred to cardiology when it is suspected that they may have a problem with their heart. There are two ways of accessing cardiology services:
- as an emergency
- referral by your GP or another clinician (medical professional)
Location of cardiology services
General cardiology services are delivered in acute cardiology wards and a coronary care unit at:
- Royal Victoria Hospital
- Belfast City Hospital
- Mater Hospital
The Cardiac (heart) Surgery Unit in the Belfast Trust provides a wide range of heart surgery procedures for adults and children. The unit is based at the Royal Victoria Hospital. It is a regional service for patients across Northern Ireland.
Consultant cardiologists refer patients for cardiac surgery. There are no heart transplants carried out in Northern Ireland.
There are cardiac support groups all across Northern Ireland that can provide you with help and advice.