Published by Auckland District Health Board on 7/03/2022 7:22:41 PM.
Auckland DHB will be advising all patients on the routine echocardiography waiting list that non-urgent referrals are currently waiting up to 12 months. The communication will ask patients to contact their GP if their clinical situation has changed and will advise them that they have the option of booking with a private provider.
Auckland DHB has a large numbers of patients waiting for an echocardiogram. There are longstanding national shortages of cardiac sonographers. While various initiatives have increased capacity, the waitlist has rapidly grown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
If any patient’s clinical status worsens while on the waiting list, please update the Auckland DHB Cardiology department. When referring patients for consideration for echocardiography, please advise them of the possible long wait and discuss any alternative options.