The Northern Region Cardiac Clinical Network operates with regional and national stakeholders to improve patient outcomes related to cardiovascular conditions. Our aim is to improve access to cardiac services to help our population to live longer, healthier and more independent lives.

The Network operates with the National Cardiac Network, DHBs, PHOs, GP Liaisons, St John Ambulance and the National Heart Foundation to develop and deliver projects in this area.

Recent projects include

  • Implementation of CTCA in NDHB supported by metro Auckland DHBs
  • Development of Cardiac Rehabilitation guidelines and data collection
  • Develop a regional view of capacity and demand for Cardiac Catheter Lab Services
  • Implementation of chest pain pathways at all regional DHBs
  • Development and implementation of KPI reporting
  • Cardiac Community Arrest Working Group:
     - Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) – access to, location of and a plan to increase numbers of these across the country
     - Increase community awareness of cardiac arrest – community CPR training, awareness of symptoms, awareness of what an AED is and how to use one
     - Bystander CPR – this is to allow community members to support the Emergency Services and commence CPR
  • National STEMI guidelines:
  • Develop and agree national STEMI guidelines with the National Working Group
  • ECG Transmission by ambulance for STEMI patients:
     - Developed a regional pathway for referring STEMI patients to cath lab out of hours in conjunction with St John Ambulance. This has led to an improved process, reaching the target for <120 minutes for door-to-door treatment

Helen McKenzie | Programme Manager

Helpful Links
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Heart Foundation (external link)

St John (external link)

 Hugo Charitable Trust  (external link)

Supporter of the Cardiac Community Arrest Project