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Starship Green Lane Paediatric and Congenital Cardiac Service

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Over the summer period from the 21st December 2017 to the 1st February 2018, Ward 23B will be relocating to join ward 25 on level 5 at Starship to enable the replacement of the ward carpet to lino. There will be no access for staff, patients and families to ward 23B during this time. Over this period General Paediatric patients and families and Paediatric Cardiac patients and families will be cared for by their respective multidisciplinary teams on level 5 at Starship. The facilities on the ward will be shared between all families and staff across the 5th floor.

Ward 23B and Ward 25 phone extensions and fax numbers will remain the same over this period. Detailed plans are in place to maximise patient safety and minimise any disruption to services, staff, children and families. Paediatric Cardiac Outpatients will continue to function as normal on level 3.

The Green Lane Paediatric and Congenital Cardiac Service (PCCS) is a national service based on Level 3, in the link between Starship and Auckland City Hospital. The service moved from a combined adult/child facility at Greenlane Hospital to a purpose-built facility at Starship Children's Hospital in December 2003.

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 cardiac care across the life spectrum with a fetal cardiology service through to care of those born with congenital heart disease who are now adults (ACHD).  Continued diagnosis and treatment improvements mean our patient population is growing and with it, our service.

Inpatient care ranges from simple overnight procedures to complex heart operations.

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 and adults with congenital and acquired 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
  • Clinical psychologist

In addition there is an active clinical research and audit programme that includes collaborative ventures with academic groups nationally and internationally.


Referral Expectations

The Paediatric and Congenital Cardiac Service (PCCS) provides cardiac specialist care for children and adults living with cardiac disease across New Zealand.

For children living within the Auckland District Health Board (AHDB) area, referrals are accepted from General Practitioners. For children living outside of the ADHB area, referrals are primarily through the local paediatrician, but in rural areas where access is difficult, General Practitioner referrals are accepted.

If your child requires acute/urgent cardiac assessment, you will be asked to bring your child to be seen and reviewed in the Children's Emergency Department.

If your problem is not urgent, your referring doctor will write a letter to PCCS asking for an appointment for your child in the Outpatient clinic. When you come to clinic you will be seen by a member of the cardiac team, who will ask questions about your child's illness and examine him/her to try to determine or confirm the diagnosis. Your child may need to have some tests (e.g. blood tests, electrocardiogram (ECG), x-rays, scans etc). Sometimes this can be done during one clinic visit, but for some conditions this will mean having follow-up appointments. Your child's visit can take several hours, depending on the tests required.

Once a diagnosis has been made, the medical staff will discuss treatment with you. In some cases this will mean surgery, while others can be managed with medication and advice. If surgery is advised, your child will be put on the surgical waiting list. The steps involved in the surgical process and the likely outcome are usually discussed with you at this time. See the factsheet 'Heart Surgery for Children' for more information.

Procedures / Treatments

  • Fetal Cardiology

    The Paediatric and Congenital Cardiac Service (PCCS) is the national referral centre for fetal diagnosis of congenital cardiac defects.… More

  • Paediatric Inpatient Services

    Ward 23B is the children's inpatient ward at Starship. Adult inpatient services are located within the adult cardiology department at Auckland City Hospital.… More PDF

  • Paediatric Outpatient Services

    An increasing part of our service is focused on providing ongoing assessment and follow up for our patients after they leave hospital.… More

  • Adult Congenital Cardiac Diseases (ACHD) Service

    We also provide ongoing care for those born with congenital heart disease who are now adults.… More

  • ACHD Inpatient Services

    Adult inpatient services are located within the adult cardiology department at Auckland City Hospital. More

  • ACHD Outpatient Services

    Adult congenital heart service outpatient clinics are conducted both at Starship and the Green Lane Clinical Centre in Auckland. More

  • Transition Services

    The transition from children's to adult services is an important one for many teenagers.… More

  • Cardiac Inherited Diseases Service

    The Cardiac Inherited Diseases Service is a national network of specialist clinicians and scientists working to prevent sudden death due to inherited heart diseases.… More

  • Cardiac Catheterisation

    Cardiac catheterisation is a medical procedure used to assess, diagnose and treat heart conditions.… More PDF

  • Echocardiogram

    An echocardiogram or ‘echo’ is a scan that uses ultrasound waves to produce images of the heart.… More PDF

  • Exercise Test

    An exercise test is a useful test for a number of cardiac conditions.… More PDF

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Contact Details

  • Phone

    (09) 307 4949 ext 23230 (ward) (09) 307 4949 ext 23621 (clinic)

  • Fax

    (09) 630 9792 (ward) (09) 638 0422 (clinic)

  • Website

Surgical Booking Administrator: Ph (09) 630 9946 Mob 021 915743

Cardiac Catheter Booking Administrator: Ph (09) 623 6496

Cardiac Nurse Specialists: Ph (09) 6309972 Email Paedcard.ns@adhb.govt.nz

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Auckland 1023

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Starship Child Health
Private Bag 92 024
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Auckland 1142
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This page was last updated at 11:18AM on November 23, 2018. This information is reviewed and edited by Starship Green Lane Paediatric and Congenital Cardiac Service.