Southern DHB launches cardiology telehealth clinic from Dunedin to Dunstan

The Southern District Health Board has launched a new cardiology telemedicine clinic to provide remote cardiac services to patients at Dunstan Hospital in Central Otago.

Specially trained nurses will take measurements and support the patient at Dunstan while they talk to a cardiologist at Dunedin Hospital via video link.

The clinic is expected to cater for patients recovering from heart surgery, catheterisation or receiving other specialist care who will not have to travel hundreds of kilometres for a face-to-face visit.

Consultant cardiologist Darri Karlsson said Southern DHB currently holds regular cardiology clinics in Dunstan every month and will continue to do.

“However, this new service will mean even greater support for cardiology patients in the central Otago area,” he said. “The patient sees the same cardiologist who’s already treated them in Dunedin, so the patient-doctor relationship is maintained.”

Southern DHB also runs a juvenile diabetes telemedicine clinic for patients in Dunstan and an obstetrics telemedicine clinic in Queenstown.

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