The Paediatric and Congenital Cardiac Service website is on the move to the Starship website.
For health professional clinical guidelines, please go to https://www.starship.org.nz/for-health-professionals/paediatric-and-congenital-cardiology-clinical-guidelines/. The on-line version is the most up to date version of these guidelines.
Information for families or the general public is located on the Starship website.
The Green Lane Paediatric and Congenital Cardiac Service (PCCS) is a national service based on level three, in the link between Starship and Auckland City Hospital. 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 also provide ongoing assessment and care for those born with congenital heart disease who are now adults. We run outpatient clinics for these patients and liaise with adult cardiology services to provide comprehensive care. The transition from children's to adult services is an important one for many teenagers. We work together with the adult service to make this as smooth as possible.
Children's inpatient services are located within Starship Children's Hospital, on level 3 of the link building between Starship and Auckland Hospitals. Adult inpatient services are located within the adult cardiology department at Auckland City Hospital.
An increasing part of our service is focused on providing ongoing assessment and follow up for our patients after they leave hospital. Our Auckland clinic is located next to the children's heart ward (23B), level 3 of Starship Children’s Hospital. In addition to regular outpatient clinics, we also hold daystay clinics here for patients needing extra monitoring during procedures requiring sedation or for some medicine dose increases.
Adult congenital heart service outpatient clinics are conducted both at Starship and the Greenlane Clinical Centre in Auckland. As a national service, many of our patients live outside of the Auckland area. Our cardiologists travel to regional outpatient clinics throughout the country, as well as working closely with local paediatricians and cardiologists. These clinics are located at all District Health Board centres.
The PCCS is the national referral centre for fetal diagnosis of congenital cardiac defects. Advances in technology mean that it is now possible to diagnose many congenital heart defects before birth. Early diagnosis and assessment allows families and health services the opportunity to identify a baby's needs after birth and plan for delivery and post natal care. Please see the fetal cardiology section on the Healthpoint website for information regarding referral.
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