The private arm of the highly respected public cardiology services in Nelson Marlborough

New for 2021

THE NELSON

MARLBOROUGH

CARDIOLOGY TEAM

Our mission: To give our community the very best heart care, with compassion, respect, understanding and expertise

The coronavirus has changed the way we will practice in both the public and private health service. . Modern cardiology practice relies on someone who has heard a thousand patient histories listening to you and your symptoms and helping you to navigate the array of investigations and treatments both medical and interventional available. Ironically that conversation is often easier for patients at home with their family.



Your GP will have listened to you heart and taken your pulse and BP so often no necessity for you to sit physically in front of a cardiologist unless they are performing the investigation or treatment. So here at Top of the South Cardiology we will offer all our interactions with you by phone or video call if you wish. We will then decide in partnership with you what investigations and treatments are needed and the safest way to obtain them. We can follow you up in the same virtual way.

If given an appointment for the hospital or Roundhay clinic 

  • Please do not attend if you have flu or cold like symptoms, have been asked to self isolate or have been overseas or in contact with someone that has been overseas in the last 14 days.

Telemedicine

If you have a phone, tablet or computer with a camera and microphone (most do) then we can provide consultations by video conference. No software or apps are needed, it's as simple as clicking a button.

Alternatively we can simply talk over the phone. We have all been on a journey of discovery in the last few weeks. Patients and doctors have found that it's actually much better and easier than they had expected. In fact many patients find it so convenient that they are choosing this as their preferred method of contact regardless of isolation rules moving forward. 

About Us

Our mission: To give our community the very best heart care, with compassion, respect, understanding and expertise

Why see a Cardiologist

• Unexplained chest pain 

• Ongoing follow up of known heart disease 

• Family history of premature cardiac disease 

• Family history of premature cardiac death 

• Palpitations and arrhythmias 

• Murmur or known valvular heart disease 

• High blood pressure 

• Raised cholesterol 

• Heart failure, shortness or breath or ankle swelling 

• Screening for heart disease 

• Immigration matters 

• Medical insurance work up 

• Aviation/heavy goods vehicle licencing 

• Medical clearance for work specialist occupations

INSURED PATIENTS

Typically if you have insurance you will need to be referred by your GP who will send us a referral letter. It is often a good idea to contact your insurance company before hand to ensure that you are covered and that you have "authorisation" to see us. If you are with Southern Cross you simply need to give us your membership number and as an affiliate provider we will do the rest for you.

SELF FUNDING PATIENTS

We regularly see people who wish to pay for their own consultation investigations and treatment. This may be because they don't have insurance or their insurance does not cover this aspect of their care.

It as also common for people to want the reassurance of a test such as a 24h ECG or echocardiogram that cannot be funded through the public service.

Please feel free to contact us and we will endeavour to put together a package to suit your needs and pocket.


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