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NTM in cardiac surgery

Risk of Non-tuberculous Mycobacterium (NTM) has been linked to heater-cooler devices used in cardiac bypass surgery.

On 9 February 2018 Waikato DHB wrote to 1,193 patients about a potential risk of infection from heater-cooler devices used in cardiac bypass surgery since 2013. These machines have been linked internationally to a rare bacterial infection caused by Mycobacterium chimaera.

The risk to patients of contacting this infection is very small (about 1 in 5,000).<...

Your booking date for surgery

At least one week (usually more) before the date of your surgery or treatment, you will be contacted by a hospital booking clerk offering a date for your surgery or treatment.

If you accept this date, you will receive a letter outlining admission details and provide a map showing you where to go on arrival.
We will tell you if you need to attend a pre-hospital clinic appointment to prepare you for your surgery.
You may also get a service leaflet that gives advice in more...

Cardiology, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery (CCTVS)

Cardiology, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery (CCTVS)Cardiology, cardiothoracic and vascular surgery concerns all conditions related to heart, lung and blood vessels.

Waikato Hospital’s Cardiology, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery (CCTVS) team provides a combination of cardiac, thoracic and vascular procedures in the one speciality area. The team includes cardiologists, cardiothoracic consultants, vascular consultants, registrars and house officers, interns, and ward staff incl...