Description

The Cardiology Service is a tertiary level (specialised) provider for diagnostic and interventional cardiology. This means we investigate whether a patient has a heart condition and deal specifically with the catheter based treatment of structural heart diseases. Our service incorporates a general ward and a Coronary Care Unit. A broad range of non-invasive diagnostic testing is available for outpatients and inpatients.

Outpatient clinics are delivered at Dunedin, Dunstan and Southland hospitals.

What is Cardiology?

Cardiology is the specialty within medicine that looks at the heart and blood vessels.  Your heart consists of four chambers, which are responsible for pumping blood to your lungs and then the rest of your body. The study of the heart includes the heart muscle (the myocardium), the valves within the heart between the chambers, the blood vessels that supply blood (and hence oxygen and nutrients) to the heart muscle, and the electrical system of the heart which is what controls the heart rate.

SDHB Cardiology Team

Cardiac Physiologists:

  • Emma Guglietta Cardiac Physiologist - Device Management, Dunedin 
  • Vikki Milmine  Cardiac Physiologist - Device Management, Dunedin 
  • Maree McCormack  Cardiac Physiologist - Device Management, Dunedin 
  • Helen Hastings  Cardiac Physiologist - Device Management, Dunedin 
  • Kat Reed  Cardiac Physiologist - Device Management, Dunedin 
  • Alaa Hussein  Cardiac Physiologist - Device Management, Dunedin 
  • Jess Hannah-Brennan Cardiac Physiologist, Dunedin 
  • Heidi Choi Cardiac Physiologist, Dunedin 
  • Karolina Dvorackova Trainee Cardiac Physiologist, Dunedin
  • Chris Collins Trainee Cardiac Physiologist, Dunedin

Cardiac Sonographers:

  • James Cadogan  Cardiac Sonographer, Dunedin 
  • Rachel Reddy Cardiac Sonographer, Dunedin 
  • Fiona Roberts Cardiac Sonographer, Dunedin 
  • Kim Glossop Cardiac Sonographer, Dunedin 
  • Kate Wellington Cardiac Sonographer, Dunedin 
  • Sarah McLennan Cardiac Sonographer, Dunedin 

 ECG Technicians:

  • Sue Irvine ECG Technician, Dunedin
  • Avis Williamson ECG Technician, Dunedin
  • Jeanine Kydd ECG Technician, Dunedin

Cardiac Investigation Nurses (Cath Lab)

Clinical Nurse Specialist (Heart Failure)
 
Cardiology Admin
 
Cardiac Research

Consultants

Note: Please note below that some people are not available at all locations.

  • Dr Sean Coffey

    Cardiologist

    Available at Dunedin Hospital, Southland Hospital, Invercargill

  • Dr John Edmond

    Cardiologist

    Available at Dunedin Hospital, Southland Hospital, Invercargill

  • Dr Belinda Green

    Cardiologist - Clinical Director

    Available at Dunedin Hospital, Southland Hospital, Invercargill

  • Dr Krys Milburn

    Cardiologist

    Available at Dunedin Hospital, Southland Hospital, Invercargill

  • Dr Anouska Moynagh

    Cardiologist

    Available at Dunedin Hospital, Southland Hospital, Invercargill

  • Dr James Pemberton

    Cardiologist

    Available at Dunedin Hospital, Southland Hospital, Invercargill

  • Dr Gerard Wilkins

    Cardiologist

    Available at Dunedin Hospital, Dunstan Hospital, Clyde

  • Prof Michael Williams

    Cardiologist

    Available at Dunedin Hospital, Southland Hospital, Invercargill

Referral Expectations

Your GP will refer you to one of our clinics if they are concerned about your heart and want a specialist opinion.  The referral is prioritised depending on urgency with waiting times of 2 weeks to 6 months.

You may be sent a questionnaire prior to your clinic visit to assist us with making a diagnosis and determining if any tests need to be done prior to you seeing a specialist.

Procedures / Treatments

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)

    An ECG is a recording of your heart's electrical activity.… More

  • Exercise ECG

    An ECG done when you are resting may be normal even when you have cardiovascular disease.  During an exercise ECG the heart is made to work harder so that if there is any narrowing of the blood vessels resulting in poor blood supply it is more likely to be picked… More

  • Blood Tests

    You are likely to have blood tests done before coming to clinic to check your cholesterol level and looking for evidence of diabetes.  These blood tests are done "fasting" which means you have the blood taken in the morning on an empty stomach before breakfast.… More

  • Echocardiogram

    Echocardiography is also referred to as cardiac ultrasound. This test is performed by a specially trained cardiac physiologist.… More

  • Coronary Angiogram

    This test is performed by a cardiologist in a sterile operating theatre environment. … More

  • Cardiovascular Disease

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

  • Heart Failure

    Heart failure refers to the heart failing to pump efficiently.  There are many diseases that cause this including cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, viral infections, alcohol, and diseases affecting the valves of the heart.  When the heart is inefficient a number of symptoms occur depending on the cause and severity… More

  • Cardiac Arrhythmias


    Your heart rate is controlled by a complex electrical system within the heart muscle which drives it to go faster when you exert yourself and slower when you rest.  A number of conditions can affect the heart rate or rhythm.  Heart rate simply refers to how fast your heart is… More

  • Valve Disease

    Your heart consists of 4 chambers that receive and send blood to the lungs and body. … More

Contact Details

This page was last updated at 1:08PM on May 22, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Southern DHB Cardiology.