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Our team

… Educate 
Titrate
Stabilise
Discharge
Anticipated time in service 1-6 months, most < 3 months

NO long term – these to be referred to:

Chronic Disease state management nurses
Primary care
The clinical nurse specialists working in the Waikato Integrated Heart Failure service

Rural areas
Debbie Chappell
CNS Heart Failure

Daman Kaur
CNS Heart Failure

Nick Smith
CNS Heart Failure

Hamilton City areas
Eileen Gibbons
CNS Heart Failure

Catherine Callagher
CNS Heart Failure

Dai Te Wiata
CNS Hea…

The Heart Trust

The Heart Trust is an incorporated charitable trust dedicated to improving the quality of life of heart patients living in the mid North Island.

The Heart Trust acts to speed up access to world-class heart diagnostic and treatment services for people living in Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Thames/Coromandel, Taranaki and Gisborne/Tairawhiti – also known as the Midland health region.

Working in partnership with hospitals and district health boards (DHBs) the Heart Trust helps provide up-to-date techn…

Cardiology Clinical Trials Unit

Main areas of research

Heart attacks.
Heart failure.
Heart valve disease.
Heart rhythm disorders.
Continuing evaluation of current treatments (Data Collection Registries).
Our Cardiology Department has been involved in clinical research for almost 50 years. Cardiology patients in Waikato Hospital participated in more than 140 international multi-centre trials, which have led to the evidence-based treatments that are used today.

Contact
Liz Low

Phone: 07 839 7136

What are the symptoms of Rheumatic Fever?

… can become inflamed and swollen. If a child or young person gets rheumatic fever they can have really painful joints and can become very unwell, causing them to have severe tiredness, breathlessness and low energy.

In some cases it can lead to serious heart problems causing rheumatic heart disease, where the heart valves become damaged and heart operations are needed.

Heart Failure

Waikato Integrated Heart Failure serviceNurse-led heart failure service provides a continuum of care under cardiology from Waikato Hospital. Providing services in the community including expert care, support, titration of medication and education. The team of six clinical nurse specialists in heart failure management works closely with Cardiologists and General Practice health professionals.   

Services provided 

Specialist clinics (CNS and cardiologists), home visits, telephone support

Patie…

Cardiology

CardiologyCardiology is the medical specialty that diagnoses and treats disorders and diseases of the heart including congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease, heart valve problems and heart failure.

Cardiology is a large multidisciplinary unit which provides both secondary and tertiary outpatient and inpatient services for the Waikato and the wider the Midland region.

The department includes 12 cardiologists, plus registrars and house officers, cardiac technicians, MRTs and echosonog…

Our values

People at heart / Te iwi ngakaunui:

Give and earn respect / Whakamana. 
Listen to me, talk to me / Whakarongo. 
Fair play / Mauri Pai. 
Growing the good / Whakapakari. 
Stronger together / Kotahitanga.

Referrals

Referral is only through your GP, community health or hospital service. Self-referrals are not accepted.

Inclusion criteria

Confirmed Heart Failure diagnosis (with supported evidence on CXR, BNP +/- proven reduced EF)
Priority is given to HFrEf (where medication uptitration is of proven benefit)
Patients of advanced age and/or multiple co-morbidity and/or social, compliance concern are best managed in primary care
Referral to service does not guarantee acceptance. Decline referrals are discuss…

Specialist Nursing Roles within Cardiology

The breadth of cardiac nursing experience and knowledge in Waikato Hospital is second-to-none.

In addition to the community heart failure and secondary prevention nurses, the cardiology service is supported by a number of Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) - from the Cardiology Patient Flow CNS (who plays an integral part in managing patient flow with an aim to provide equity for cardiology patients across the Midland Region) to Electrophysiology to Cardiac Inherited Diseases to Structural Heart