An Echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart, using a machine very similar to that used for pregnancy ultrasound. We are able to assess heart muscle and valve function, as well as check for congenital problems, such as “hole in the heart”.  We perform studies on patients of all ages from newborn onwards.

What to expect?

No preparation is required. It is helpful with younger patients (especially babies) if you could bring along a bottle or food to feed them at the time of the study, to help distract them, if they are likely to become upset.

Your appointment?

To access this service you must have a referral from a medical provider - Appointment necessary.

To make a booking, call booking enquiries on 5320 4201 or fax a referral to 5320 4713. Referrals can also be emailed to diagnostic@bhs.org.au

The patient name, date of birth, phone number and address must be included on the referral. If using fax or email, you will be contacted via mail or phone call, as appropriate, with the appointment details.

What does an Echocardiogram cost?

All Medicare rebateable services provided by BHS Diagnostics are bulk billed and no additional fees charged.

Commonly Asked Questions?

Do I need to bring my referral? 

All Medicare rebateable services provided by BHS Radiology are bulk billed and no additional fees charged.

I have a referral for another imaging provider, can I have my test at BHS Diagnostics?

Yes, we accept all referrals/requests.

Where do I find Diagnostics?

Diagnostic Services is located on the 1st floor of Ballarat Health Services, mid-way between Sturt and Mair streets.  Any entrance can be used to access the department. We are on THE RED LINE.

Is there a drop off area and what parking is there available?

Yes, there is a drop-off and pick-up zone available within the multi-storey car park (there is no fee for drivers using the drop-off zone and staying less than 30 minutes).

Do I need to make an appointment for an Echocardiogram?

Yes, bookings are essential.

How long does it take for my results to come through?

Please allow up to 1 week for non-urgent results to be sent to your referring doctor, we are unable to give your results to you directly.

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