Vascular Surgery

The Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) Vascular Service provides a a specialist tertiary service, that specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of arterial, venous and lymphatic disease. The service also offers a comprehensive range of open surgical operations, advanced endovascular techniques and up-to-date office-based venous ablative procedures.

Our department receives referrals from Perth public and private hospitals and is involved in any vascular injuries sustained by those patients admitted onto the State Major Trauma Unit at RPH. We work closely with a multitude of other clinical departments to provide a specialist tertiary service.

We are a tertiary referral centre for complex aortic, peripheral, renal access and carotid artery disease. We are a leading unit in the management of diabetic patients with vascular disease and have a large multi-disciplinary team of surgeons, physicians and podiatrists who provide a multidisciplinary care for these patients and are committed to support our network hospitals diabetes services.

We also offer a multidisciplinary service in the management of deep venous disease and chronic venous insufficiency.

If you have problems associated with vascular disease, please see your General Practitioner. For emergencies involving major trauma to the blood vessels or acute infection to your lower limbs (for example), please go to your nearest Emergency Department.

Outpatient Referrals

Information for referring practitioners

Urgent Vascular Outpatient Referrals

The vascular surgery service operates 24 hours, 7 days per week.

For urgent / immediate referrals requiring outpatient appointment within 7 days or advice, referring practitioners can:

  • During working hours (Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm), please phone the Vascular Office 9224 2191 or fax urgent referrals to 9224 2625.
  • Out of hours, please telephone RPH Switch on 9224 2244 and ask to page the on-call Vascular Registrar.
  • Mark the referral URGENT and write name of the RPBG clinician contacted to facilitate rapid triage and booking. The RPBG Clinician MUST contact the Vascular Clinic staff to advise of patient appointment acceptance / date / time.

RPH Referrals
Fax: 6477 5199

Excluded procedures outpatient referrals

While the WA Health Excluded Procedures precludes procedures performed for cosmetic or other non-medical reasons, procedures which meet an identified clinical need to improve the health of the patient may be undertaken in public hospitals. To avoid patients unnecessarily waiting for and attending appointments in cases where surgery cannot be offered at Royal Perth Hospital, referral criteria have been established for abdominal lipectomy, breast reduction, blepharoplasty, male circumcision, rhinoplasty and varicose veins.

Visit the referral criteria for each of the six WA Health excluded procedures page for more information.

Routine Vascular Outpatient Referrals

With the high demand for new, non-urgent Vascular Clinic appointments at RPH, the Department of Vascular surgery requests that GPs consider using conservative therapy such as compression therapy for symptomatic varicose vein. Where a referral to RPH is still required, please include detailed description of the signs and symptoms of venous severity and documentation of conservative management trialed to date.

Patients may be referred for routine assessment to the Vascular Outpatient Clinic via standard outpatient referral forms (external link) to:

Central Referral Service (external link)
GPO Box 3462
Midland WA, 6056
Or fax to 1300 365 056.

Outpatient Clinic schedule

Please find below the outpatient clinic schedule for Royal Perth Hospital's vascular department:

  • Monday
    • Telehealth Clinic (afternoon)
  • Tuesday
    • Complex Wound Clinic (all day)
    • Multidisciplinary Diabetic Foot Ulcer Clinic (afternoon)
  • Wednesday
    • General Vascular Clinic (morning)
    • Low Frequency Ultrasonic Debridement Clinic (morning)
    • Multidisciplinary Venous Ulcer Clinic (afternoon)
  • Thursday
    • General Vascular Clinic (all day)
  • Friday
    • Complex Wound Clinic (all day)
    • General Vascular Clinic (morning)
    • Renal Access Clinic (morning)
    • Virtual Telehealth Multidisciplinary Diabetic foot clinic (afternoon)
  • Alternate Wednesdays
    • Renal Access Clinic (morning)
    • Renal Access Ultrasound Clinic (afternoon)

Contact us

Phone: 9224 2191
Fax: 9224 2625

Level 6, North Block
Wellington Street campus

Operating hours

Monday to Friday
8am to 4.30pm


RPBG Vascular Service – Management of Chronic Vascular Insufficiency flowchart (PDF 150KB)

Compression therapy information for General Practitioners is available on the Therapeutic Guidelines website (external link).