Paediatric and Congenital Cardiology Service
Contact information for Health Professionals
For general enquiries and advice about a child with a heart condition, the nurse specialists are available Monday to Friday during office hours: (09) 630 9972 or email Paedcard.firstname.lastname@example.org
For general enquiries and advice about an adult with a congenital heart condition, the nurse practitioner is available Monday to Friday during office hours: (09) 630 9949 or cellphone 027 2271400 or email email@example.com
To contact a play specialist phone 021 2409638
For the National Cardiac Inherited Disease Registry Co-ordinator email firstname.lastname@example.org
|General Queries (non clinical)||(09) 307 4949 ext 23611 or email|
|Hospital switchboard||(09) 307 4949|
|Ward 23B||(09) 630 9792|
|Starship children's heart clinic||(09) 638 0422|
|Surgical bookings administrator||(09) 6309946 or 021 915743 or email|
|Cardiac catheter bookings administrator||(09) 6236496 or email|
|Electrophysiology/Echo bookings administrator||(09) 307 4949 ext 23642 or email|
|Fetal medicine clinic||(09) 6309949 ext. 24500|
|To phone in a home INR result||(09) 3753411 Answerphone is cleared between 9am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday|
There is a login site to enter new cardiac referrals in to the Acute Cardiac Referrals Database. Follow this link to login.
Our guidelines are available via the Starship Guidelines.
The Paediatric Congenital and Cardiac Service Clinical Pathway Programme aims to incorporate evidence, best practice, and local expert knowledge to standardise care for a specific patient population. The clinical pathways are living documents that can be adapted continuously to improve care by incorporating new evidence as well as improving patient outcomes. Our clinical pathway programme is an evolving process that is currently in the trial stage.
Our clinical pathways are available via the Starship Guidelines. You can access a document on Cardiac Surgical Clinical Pathway Initiation and Adherence here.
From Green Lane Hospital to Starship Child Health
Green Lane Hospital evolved from an aged-care institution established in 1890 alongside Green Lane Road, Epsom, Auckland with money from an endowment by the wealthy Mr Costley. Tuberculosis (TB) 'shelters' were built in 1910. By 1916 nearly 150 TB patients were housed in the 'TB shelters'. The Auckland Hospital Board intended to add more wards... to increase the facilities for aged care. The advent of World War II changed priorities and a decision was made to commission medical and surgical beds for a new general hospital on the Green Lane site, which was opened in February 1943. The name changed to Green Lane Hospital in 1942.
The establishment of cardiac surgery at Green Lane has its origins in the development of thoracic surgery for the specialised treatment of tuberculosis and the need to collapse lungs with artificial pheumothorax or thoracoplasty to allow pulmonary TB to heal. Douglas Robb (later Sir Douglas) was recruited in 1942 as a thoracic surgeon and Dr Edward Roche joined in 1943 as part of the team needed for a general medical and surgical hospital. Edward Roche's specialist interest was in cardiac medicine and his arrival laid the foundations for a cardiac medical unit. At this time cardiac surgery for congenital defects such as patent ductus arteriosus (a condition in which a blood vessel called the ductus arteriosus fails to close normally in an infant after birth), and for a coarctation of the aorta (A localised narrowing of the aorta) was developing in other parts of the world.
Soon after Douglas Robb's appointment, a decision was made for the Green Lane Thoracic Unit to also concentrate on the cardiac surgery needs of the country. A Department of Health Advisory Committee on thoracic surgery decided in 1955 that Green Lane would be recognised as the national cardiac surgical centre for New Zealand. Surgeons were poised for the era of open-heart surgery, which commenced at Green Lane in 1958.
The demand for cardiac surgery grew rapidly over the following decades. The need for increased space soon became urgent. Planning for health services in Auckland continued as the population grew. Green Lane was designated a specialist centre for cardiac surgery, cardiology, respiratory medicine and otorhinolaryngology. (By 1997) it had become increasingly clear that paediatric and adult cardiac services needed to separate to maintain and ensure the quality of patient care for both adults and children. Cardiac services for children belonged with Starship Children's Hospital, which had opened on the Auckland Hospital site in 1991. Auckland District Health Board planning was underway for the complete reorganisation of health services for Auckland City and in December 2003, the Cardio-thoracic Surgical Unit (CTSU adult and paediatric services) moved to Auckland City Hospital.
(abridged from the preface of 'Hearts, Hands Minds: the Cardio-thoracic Nurses of Green Lane Hospital'. Authors: Margaret Horsburgh, Heather Spinetto, Judy Murphy, Jill Crawford, Rachel Donaldson and Sylvia Hilton. 2010, Dunmore Publishing Ltd, Wellington)
|Professor Tom Gentles||Paediatric Cardiologist, Service Clinical Director||Areas of interest: Fetal cardiology|
|Dr Tim Hornung||Paediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiologist||Areas of interest: Adult Congenital Heart,|
Cardiac MRI, Marfans Disease
|Dr Judith MacCormick||Paediatric Cardiologist||Areas of interest: Fetal cardiology, Cardiac imaging|
|Dr Clare O'Donnell||Paediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiologist||Areas of interest: Adult Congenital Heart,|
Pulmonary Hypertension, Interventional cardiology
|Dr John Wright||Paediatric Cardiologist||Areas of interest: Interventional cardiac|
|Dr Kathryn Rice||Paediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiologist|
|Dr John Stirling||Paediatric Cardiologist||Areas of interest: Interventional cardiac|
|Associate Professor Nigel Wilson||Paediatric Cardiologist||Areas of interest: Rheumatic Fever, cardiac|
|Dr Luciana Marcondes||Paediatric Cardiologist||Areas of interest: ACHD, cardiac arrhythmia|
|Dr Kirsten Finucane||Paediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgeon-in-Chief|
|Dr Gemma Penford||Paediatric Cardiologist||Areas of interest: Cardiac catheterisation & Interventions|
|Dr Bryan Mitchelson||Paediatric Cardiologist|
|Dr Ajay Iyengar||Paediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgeon|
|Dr Johann Brink||Paediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgeon|
|Dr Boris Lowe||Adult Congenital Cardiologist|
|Dr Ivor Gerber||Adult Congenital Cardiologist|
|Dr Chethan Prabhakar||Adult Congenital Cardiologist|
|Dawn Tucker||Nurse Unit Manager|
|Jane Hannah||ACHD Nurse Practitioner|
|Stephanie Jones||ACHD Nurse Specialist|
|Christine Armstrong||ACHD Nurse Specialist|
|Ana Kennedy||Nurse Practitioner|
|Marion Hamer||Nurse Practitioner|
|Mandy Saint-Marshall||Nurse Specialist|
|Nikki Anderson||Nurse Specialist|
|Yvonne Van-Dort||Nurse Specialist|
|Sophie Atkinson||Nurse Specialist|
|Grace Bradford||ACHD Nurse Specialist|
Clinical Support Roles
|Yvonne Van-Dort||Heart Registry|
|Ruby Howden||Heart Registry Clinical Project Manager|
|Kelly Boegel||Clinical Lead Sonographer|
|Lisa Da Rocha (on parental leave)||Clinical Psychologist|
|Vanessa Garcia-Hoyos||ACHD Health Psychologist|
|Sue Brett||Data Specialist|
|Ora Emslie||Data Specialist|
|Megan Upjohn||NZ Co-Ordinator Fontan Registry|
|Jackie Crawford||National Cardiac Inherited Disease Registry|
|Lindy Slater||Play Specialist|
|Elroy Pinto||Play Specialist|
|Trish Rostron||Interventional Booking Administrator|
|Lois Ravuri (on parental leave)||ACHD Booking Administrator|
|Sarah Ashton||Operations Manager|
|Nicky Kenny||Pre-Operative Surgical Planner|
|Rawinia Kaka||Paediatric Cardiac Clinic Aministrator|
|Narissa Deibert||ACHD Booking Administrator - Parental Leave Cover|
|Courtney Russ||Electrophysiology and Echo Booking Administrator|
Information and support for families
For general information on the services provided for Families, see the PCCS Directory of Services page. Where specific family information exists in relation to a guideline, it will be indexed within the guideline.
See /patients-parents-and-visitors/youth-transition/cardiology-service/ for information on transition for young people moving from paediatric to adult services.
Heart Kids NZ provide support services to families of children with a heart condition.
Education for Health Professionals
The STABLE Course
The S.T.A.B.L.E. Cardiac Module Program provides information about the recognition and stabilisation of neonates with congenital heart disease. Whilst it provides useful educational material and information about treatment, it does not necessarily over-ride the PCCS or Newborn Services guidelines for infants with congenital cardiac disease.
Please note: Due to licensing restrictions, the module is available only via the intranet. The module is 70MB in size and takes several seconds to load and open. Please be patient.
Cardiac pathology videos
View SickKidsInteractive videos/presentations on cardiac pathology.