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Lakes DHB Cardiology

Public Service, Cardiology



Service delivery during COVID-19

Alert Level Service Delivery
Level 4

Outpatient clinics
Patient bookings reviewed by consultant – All done via phone consult unless classed as urgent then face to face could be arranged.

Consults reviewing waitlist and planned appointments to decide which patients can be phone consult or wait until lockdown level reduces for face to face appointments.

Cardiology meetings 
All done via zoom or video conference
Level 3

Outpatient Clinics
Patient bookings reviewed by consultant  – All done via phone consult unless classed as urgent then face to face arranged.

From 4/5/2020 to 15/5/2020 slowly indroducing face to face contact in clinics and phone consult where possible. After this date slowly looking at normal process of patient contact. 

Cardiology meetings
All done via zoom or video conference
Level 2

Outpatients clinics would return to normal process as much as possible

Level 1 Clinics as normal process

Lakes DHB Cardiology is a specialist service provided within Internal Medicine.

We are a small team made up of two cardiologists, cardiac nurse specialists and cardiac physiologists. We provide specialist medical support for cardiac inpatients as well as running regular outpatient clinics and cardiac diagnostic tests.

Cardiac nurse specialists provide flexible support to patients including home visits, follow up information and education around how to live well with your condition. They also run the following outpatient clinics:

  • Heart Failure Clinics - run by cardiac nurses under supervision by a specialist physician
  • Cardiac Rehab Clinics - run by cardiac nurses for patients following heart attacks and heart surgery
  • Clinical Trials 

Our cardiac physiologists run Pacemaker Clinics at Rotorua and Taupō Hospitals, in collaboration with the cardiologists, and perform all ECG tests.

Where to find us: see the Rotorua Hospital map here.

We also provide visiting services to Taupō Hospital.

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.



New Zealand citizens or those who have obtained permanent residence are entitled to publicly funded health care.

Non-residents may be required to pay for their health care.

Click here to read more about eligibility for funded care at Lakes DHB.


Mon – Fri8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Procedures/Treatments/Common Conditions

  • Coronary Angiogram (at Waikato DHB)

    Lakes DHB patients can be referred to Waikato DHB for coronary angiograms.… 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.… 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.… More

  • Valve Disease

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


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This page was last updated at 10:15AM on May 5, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by Lakes DHB Cardiology.