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Background

backgroundThe AUCKLAND HEART GROUP (AHG) has centred its activities at 94 Mountain Road since its inception in 1997, offering both outpatient and inpatient services.
 

Outpatient Services


Our Outpatient services are offered from seven locations throughout the greater Auckland region and mainly involve consultations and treadmill testing. AHG consultants travel to these peripheral clinics which are geographically spread for ease of access for patients. Echocardiography is currently available at our Epsom, Southern Cross Northern Clinic, New Lynn and Ormiston Hospital.

AHG runs a cardiac imaging centre (Ultravision) which is located within the Mercy Hospital. The services provided include a comprehensive range of cardiac and vascular ultrasound, including renal and carotid ultrasounds and intra-operative transoesophageal echocardiograms as support for Mercy Hospital surgeons.

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Inpatient services

Our inpatient services are centred at Mercy Hospital. In conjunction with Mercy Angiography we provide day and overnight stay procedures including angiography and coronary stenting, TAVI (Transcatheter aortic valve replacement), catheter closure of atrial septal defects and closure of the left atrial appendage. Electrical cardioversion and trans oesophageal echocardiography is also performed at Mercy Hospital. We have a comprehensive electrophysiology service delivering catheter based treatments for multiple cardiac rhythm disorders including the Pulmonary Vein Isolation procedure for atrial fibrillation. Pacemaker insertion is available.

As most insurance companies do not cover inpatient private medical care this service is not routinely available but can be organised on an individual basis.

Comprehensive cardiology package
We have 3 paediatric cardiologists working in our group who are able to provide cardiac advice and assessment for children.

AHG has a team of cardiac electrophysiologists who provide sub specialist advice on complex heart rhythm disorders and conduct diagnostic electrophysiology testing, ablation of arrhythmias including the Pulmonary Venous Isolation procedure for atrial fibrillation and insert pacemakers.

24 hour GP advice line - 0800 222 411
A Cardiologist is available to talk with GPs and other specialists 24 hours a day to give advice and to arrange early clinic review of a patient whom a GP is concerned about.

 

Affiliated Provider to Southern Cross Health Society


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The Auckland Heart Group was the first specialist group to become an Affiliated Provider to Southern Cross Health Society, NZ's largest private healthcare insurer. Through an Affiliated Provider Agreement (APA) the delivery of services has been enhanced with Southern Cross Health Society funding a wide range of services for patients undergoing percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs). Ultimately the Affiliated Provider Agreement has provided an efficient, timely claims process with pre-procedure approvals confirmed via electronic linkage to Southern Cross Health Society. This obviates the need for a large number of patients receiving multiple bills, or in fact, being involved in the claims process at all.

The proactive approach taken by AHG cardiologists and their ability to work collegially within a group structure, has enabled the organisation to define new ways of service delivery. Our wide network of referrals and the comprehensive services we provide are strengthened by the ethos of working as a co-operative group of providers. We believe our group structure, representing all sub-specialties, makes us more effective in our provision of comprehensive cardiac care.

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