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Dr Mark Kennedy - Private Internal Medicine Specialist

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8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Cardinal Points Specialist Centre

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Description

As a Specialist Physician, Dr Kennedy  sees patients with a range of cardiology, respiratory/chest, gastroenterology (including liver), neurology, endocrinology, haematology, nephrology and rheumatology conditions. He has a broad range of interests including chest pain, ischaemic heart disease, valvular heart disease, cardiac rhythm disturbances, syncope, difficult hypertension, heart failure and cardiomyopathy, dyslipidaemia, gastro-oesophageal reflux, peptic ulcer, coeliac and liver disease. He is experienced in the management of chest diseases including asthma, cough, bronchitis, pneumonia, bronchiectasis, COPD, emphysema, respiratory failure, lung cancer, pleural disease, non-tuberculous mycobacterial disease, sarcoidosis, asbestos related pleural disease, asbestosis, interstitial lung disease, Aspergillus related lung disease, DVT, pulmonary embolism and disordered breathing/hyperventilation. He also cares for patients with cerebrovascular disease, headache, thyroid and non-viral liver disease (fatty liver, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis NASH, autoimmune hepatitis, primary biliary cholangitis etc), cirrhosis, haemochromatosis, polymyalgia rheumatica, giant cell arteritis, gout, inflammatory arthritis, fibromyalgia, haematological conditions, osteoporosis and fatigue.

Southern Cross Affiliated Provider for Cardiology

Southern Cross Affiliated Provider for Internal Medicine

Southern Cross Affiliated Provider for Gastroscopy

Southern Cross Affiliated Provider for Lung Function

He offers the following procedures through his practice:

  • ECG
  • Exercise ECG
  • Echocardiography (Echo)
  • Exercise Stress Echocardiography
  • Holter Monitor
  • Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring
  • Electrical Cardioversion
  • Gastroscopy
  • Liver Biopsy
  • Spirometry including pre and post-bronchodilator
  • Full Lung Function Testing including DLCO and FeNO
  • Pleural Procedures

Dr Kennedy has been a Northland DHB Specialist General Physician since 1991, and has worked in private practice as a Specialist in Internal Medicine since 1996. He is New Zealand trained, and qualified as MBChB (Otago) in 1981, and attained the FRACP in 1987. He is a member of  the Ascot Cardiology Group and is also a consultant in the General Medicine, Respiratory and Liver Services at Northland District Health Board. He has been involved in the care of patients in the Wards, Coronary Care and Intensive Care Units at Whangarei Hospital and at Northland's Private Kensington Hospital. He undertakes Public Hospital Clinics seeing patients with General Medical, Respiratory, Cardiac, Hepatic and Upper Gastrointestinal disease. 

Dr Kennedy offers the broadest range of investigative procedures of any of the Physicians in Northland.

Dr Kennedy works closely with a small, highly experienced team; Specialist Nurse Cherie at the Private Rooms, Nurses with Cardiology experience with exercise testing, Michael an experienced Cardiac Sonographer and Clinical Respiratory Physiologists.  

Our team prides itself on a patient-focussed approach to care.


What is a Specialist Physician or Internal Medicine Specialist?

A Consultant General Physician is a highly trained specialist who provides a range of non-surgical healthcare to adult patients. He cares for difficult, serious or unusual medical problems, when the diagnosis may be difficult. The General Physician's broad training provides expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of problems affecting different body systems, and in a variety of medical procedures essential for the diagnosis and management of severe and complex illness. Much of a General Physician’s work takes place with outpatients in clinics and with hospitalised patients, both private and public. A General Physician is frequently asked to review patients before surgery. He advises a Surgeon of a patient's risk status, and can recommend appropriate management to minimise the risk of any operation. The Physician can also assist with the management of ongoing medical problems or complications following surgery. A General Physician usually sees patients who have been referred to him by other doctors, usually the patient's General Practitioner or another Medical or Surgical Specialist.

Consultants

Hours

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Monday to Friday: 8 am - 5 pm for reception. Nurse available: Monday 9 am - midday, Tuesday and Thursday 8 am - 5 pm. Closed weekends and public holidays.

Public Holidays: Closed on all public holidays.

Cardinal Points Specialist Centre

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Referral Expectations

Your GP will refer you to Dr Kennedy if they feel you would benefit from a Specialist Physician's advice regarding your medical condition. You can also request a second opinion from your General Practitioner. A history of your symptoms and past medical and family history will be taken, as well as a review of any medications you are taking. Any available old notes will be reviewed, you will be examined and your investigation results will be reviewed with you. Recommendations regarding your diagnosis and options for investigation and treatment will be discussed with you. A letter will be sent to your GP with a copy to you. If you have any change in your condition before you come to your appointment, please see your GP immediately.

What you need to bring to your appointment:

  1. Any relevant letters or reports from your Doctor, Hospital or other Specialist.
  2. All medicines you are currently taking, including herbal and natural remedies
  3. Recent local radiology is accessible on-line.  Please bring  x-ray, CT (Computed Tomography) or MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) reports or images on discs that may have been taken elsewhere. 
  4. A support person can be helpful.

What to bring to an Immigration Medical appointment:

  1. Immigration letter requesting that you are to see a Specialist (straightforward Immigration Medicals are undertaken by a General Practitioner).
  2. All relevant current and previous x-ray, CT and MRI images and reports (if Immigration is still holding your x-rays, please obtain the x-rays from them).  Recent local radiology is accessible on-line. 
  3. If English is not your first language, please bring someone who can interpret and speak on your behalf.  A support person can be helpful, even if you speak fluent English.
  4. Your passport.

Common Conditions / Procedures / Treatments

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)

    Patient information:
    An ECG (Electrocardiogram) tracing is a recording of your heart's electrical activity that can be read by your doctor.… More

  • Exercise ECG

    Patient information:
    An ECG undertaken when you are resting may be normal, even when you have coronary artery disease.… More

  • Resting Echocardiogram (Echo) and Exercise Stress Echocardiogram

    Patient information:
    Echocardiography is also known as cardiac ultrasound or echo.… More

  • Holter Monitor

    Patient information:
    A Holter monitor records the heartbeat continuously for 24 hours.… More

  • Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring

    Patient information:
    High blood pressure (BP) puts an increased load on the heart, brain, kidneys and other organs.… More

  • Electrical Cardioversion

    Patient information:
    Electrical cardioversion is a procedure used to correct rhythm abnormalities of the heart, in which a small electric shock is used to "jolt" the heart back into a normal rhythm.… More

  • Gastroscopy

    Patient information:
    This is a procedure which allows Dr Kennedy to see inside your oesophagus, stomach, and the first part of the small intestine (duodenum) allowing direct examination of the lining. This is undertaken by Dr Kennedy at Kensington Hospital.  Dr Kennedy is a Southern Cross Affiliated Provider for gastroscopy.… More

  • Liver Biopsy

    Patient information:
    The best way to establish what type of liver disease is present and the extent and stage of the disease, is with a liver biopsy.… More

  • Bronchoscopy

    Patient information:
    Dr Kennedy can arrange for this procedure in Auckland or Whangarei.… More

  • Lung Function Tests

    Patient information:
    This testing is undertaken with an experienced Lung Function Technician.… More

  • Spirometry

    Patient information:
    Spirometry is a test which measures the volume of air with which your lungs can be filled and the rate that you can empty your lungs.… More

  • Pleural Aspiration and Biopsy

    Patient information:
    Pleural aspiration and biopsy are most often undertaken to diagnose the cause for pleural fluid or pleural mass/thickening.… More

  • Coronary Artery Disease

    Patient information:
    This refers to narrowing of the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle.… More

  • Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy

    Patient information:
    Heart failure refers to the heart failing to pump efficiently.… More

  • Heart Valve Disease

    Patient information:
    The four chambers of your heart receive and send blood to the lungs and body.… More

  • Cardiac Arrhythmias

    Patient information:
    Your heart rate is controlled by an electrical system within the heart muscle.… More

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)

    Patient information:
    Poorly treated hypertension can damage the heart, kidneys and increase the risk of heart failure, heart attack, renal failure, stroke and circulation problems to the lower limbs.… More

  • Asthma

    Patient information:
    Symptoms of asthma include cough, wheezing, a tight chest and trouble breathing.… More

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Emphysema

    Patient information:
    In COPD, the major feature is a lack of full reversibility in airflow obstruction. Airways collapse, become blocked and lung tissue and air sacs become damaged.… More

  • Peptic Ulcer Disease

    Patient information:
    Peptic ulcers are sores or eroded areas that form in the lining of the upper digestive tract.… More

  • Coeliac Disease

    Patient information:
    Coeliac disease is quite a common condition caused by gluten allergy.… More

  • Hepatitis

    Patient information:
    This is inflammation of the liver, caused by a variety of different processes. … More

  • Haemochromatosis

    Haemochromatosis is an hereditary condition in which excess iron is absorbed from the intestinal tract.  This iron accumulates in tissues throughout the body including the liver, pancreas, heart and joints and can lead to symptoms and signs including arthritis, skin pigmentation, liver damage, heart failure, diabetes and sexual dysfunction.  It… More

  • Headaches/Migraines

    Patient information:
    In most cases, headaches are not due to significant underlying problems.… More

  • Thyroid Disorders

    Patient information:
    The thyroid is a gland that sits in the front, and towards the bottom, of your neck.… More

  • Osteoporosis

    Patient information:
    Osteoporosis weakens and makes your bones more prone to breaking (fracture).… More

  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis

    Patient information:
    These are systemic conditions of unknown cause that cause significant disability.… More

  • Gout

    Patient information: 
    Gout is an acutely painful, disabling form of arthritis associated with the accumulation of monosodium urate crystals in the joints and soft tissues.… More

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

    Patient information:
    In RA the body’s immune system attacks the lining of the joints.… More

  • Fibromyalgia

    Patient information:
    Symptoms include aches, pains, fatigue, morning stiffness and sleep problems.… More

  • Diagnostic Dilemma

    Patient information:
    General Physicians specialise in the diagnosis of difficult conditions. Many of my referrals include patients with symptoms of weight loss, fatigue, headaches, breathing difficulties, generalised pain, etc.… More

Charges

You can be advised of the costs of standard consultation and follow-up at the time of making your appointment. Additional charges for other procedures are also available on enquiry.

Dr Kennedy is a Southern Cross Affiliated Provider for Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Gastroscopy and Lung Function.  This means that if you have medical insurance cover with Southern Cross, the claim will be submitted directly to Southern Cross for you and you will be informed whether there is a shortfall payment depending on your policy. Payment of any shortfall is expected on the day.

Payment is expected at the time of appointments (whether or not you have insurance cover), unless by prior arrangement.

Payment accepted: Cash, EFTPOS, Direct Credit/Internet Banking or cheque. We are unable to accept Credit Cards.

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Visiting Hours

Clinics all day Tuesdays and Thursday mornings.

Travel Directions

Travelling from South
Travelling North on State Highway 1 on Western Hills Drive, turn first right into Percy Street after Kensington Park and St John's Ambulance station. 

Travelling from North
 
Travelling South on State Highway 1 on Western Hills Drive, turn first left into Percy Street after Whau Valley lights.

Public Transport

BUSES:

There are bus stops both north and south for the CityLink on the Kamo-Tikipunga bus routes 3 and 3A on Kamo Road, just south of Kamo Rd and Percy St (Vegie Twins and St Francis Xavier) intersection. See route map and timetable at:

http://citylinkwhangarei.co.nz/routes

 

There are bus stops both north and south for the CityLink on the Otangarei bus route 4 on Kamo Road, just north of the King Street and south of Keyte St intersections with Kamo Rd. See route map and timetable at: 

http://citylinkwhangarei.co.nz/routes

 

TAXIS:

A1 Cabs                    (09) 438 3377

Kiwi Cabs                  (09) 438 4444

Phoenix Cabs            (09) 438 9933

Parking

Off-street parking is available and there is ramp access for the disabled.
Parking is also available on Percy Street.

Accommodation

 
Closest accommodation within easy walking distance is at Motel Sierra:
26 Western Hills Drive
Whangarei 0112
(09) 437 0639
 
 
Luxury Accommodation at Lodge Bordeaux:
361 Western Hills Drive
Avenues, Whangarei 0110
(09) 438 0404
lodgebordeaux.co.nz

Pharmacy

The closest pharmacy (including after hours) is the Kensington Pharmacy at the Kensington Shopping Centre, only a couple of minutes drive from Cardinal Points. Other pharmacies close to the rooms on the way north are David's Pharmacy in Three Mile Bush Road and the Kamo Pharmacy in Kamo Road, both at the Kamo Shopping Centre.

Other

Arthritis New Zealand: www.arthritis.org.nz First Floor, 25 Rathbone St, Whangarei  (09) 438 5037 

Ascot Cardiology Auckland: 0800 4HEART  0800 443 278 www.ascotcardiologygroup.co.nz

Asthma Foundation: www.asthmanz.co.nz

Coeliac Society New Zealand: www.coeliac.org.nz

Dietitian: Kerikeri Nicky Forsyth    021 059 9701                              

EchoNorth: 56 Kamo Rd, Whangarei  (09) 974 8844 www.echonorth.co.nz

GreenLane Imaging:  0800 CTSCAN  0800 287 226 www.ascotrad.co.nz/Contact-Us/Our-Locations/

Multiple Sclerosis Society (Northland) Field Officer:  027 539 9883  (09) 438 3945 www.msnz.org.nz

National Heart Foundation: Level 1, 25 Rathbone Street, Whangarei  (09) 459 6518 www.heartfoundation.org.nz 

Northland Pathology Laboratory Collection Centres: www.norpath.co.nz/patients/collection-center

TRG: 11 Kensington Ave, Whangarei  (09) 437 0540, Kerikeri (09) 407 6222 www.trgimaging.co.nz/locations/

Contact Details

Cardinal Points Specialist Centre

Northland

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Kensington Hospital, Whangarei

Northland

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This page was last updated at 11:19AM on May 13, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Dr Mark Kennedy - Private Internal Medicine Specialist.