The objectives of the Department are to provide, within the constraints of the health system of the province and the country, an effective consultative and diagnostic service for adult and paediatric patients with cardiac disease.
Both inpatient and outpatient services are provided for adult and paediatric patients. Outpatient clinics are held at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital situated in Cato Manor, Durban. A referral system has been established and patients are referred to the Department from all Provincial Hospitals within the Province of KwaZulu-Natal and parts of the Eastern Cape.
All forms of heart disease are seen in the outpatient clinic, the commonest being rheumatic heart disease, ischaemic heart disease, and dilated cardiomyopathies. Other forms of heart disease, such as tuberculous pericarditis, and pericardial effusion, which are increasing in number because of the HIV epidemic, are also seen.
Patients who are candidates for cardiac intervention, either catheterization or surgery, are usually admitted and assessed as inpatients. For non-surgical patients an outpatient consultative service is provided and advice given to other hospitals regarding treatment and management.
Head of Department
Professor DP Naidoo