The Paediatric and Congenital Cardiac Service is a national service based on Level Three, in the link between Starship and Auckland City Hospital. The service moved from a combined adult/child facility at Greenlane Hospital to an excellent purpose-built facility at Starship Children's Hospital in December 2003. Continued diagnosis and treatment improvements mean our patient population is growing and with it, our service.
We are the sole provider of cardiology and cardiac surgical services for infants and children with congenital and acquired heart disease in New Zealand and parts of the Pacific Basin. We provide a foetal cardiology service, and investigation and treatment of those born with congenital heart disease who are now adults. Inpatient care ranges from simple overnight procedures to complex heart operations over several years.
We also have an extensive network of outreach clinics and offer consultation and support to clinicians caring for patients within the regional hospital setting.
Our team is made up of health professionals from many different areas. Together, we aim to provide the best possible care for children with heart problems. We include:
- Paediatric cardiac surgeons and cardiologists
- Specialist nurses
- Ward doctors and nurses
- Allied health professionals
- Technical staff
- Social workers and psychologists
- Play therapists and teachers
- Administrative support.
In addition there is an active clinical research and audit programme that includes collaborative ventures with academic groups nationally and internationally.