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

share a vision
to operate
at the top of
their professions,
in an efficient
functional unit

About Us

Nelson Marlborough cardiology department leads the country in many areas, reflecting the world class expertise from its highly trained doctors. Learn more about our local high quality trusted cardiology team...

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


• ECG, 12 lead, 24h, event monitoring
• Echocardiography - stress, dobutamine, trans oesophageal
• Exercise test (inc. aviation and HGV licencing)
• Lung function testing
• Coronary angiography
• Left and right heart catheterisation
• Coronary artery assessment with intravascular ultrasounds, fractional flow reserve assessment and optical coherence tomography
• Coronary angioplasty and stenting
• Cardiac MRI


Typically if you have insurance you will need to be referred by your GP who will fax 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.


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.

The coronavirus has changed the way we will practice in both the public and private health service. Now that we have moved to level 1 we have retained the elements of lock down practice that my suit some patients moving forward. 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.


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. 

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