Community Heart Failure Nurse Service
What our service does
The Heart Failure Nurse Service aims to enhance the care of patients with a diagnosis of heart failure, improving quality of life and ultimately preventing avoidable admissions to the acute sector. This is achieved by focusing on improving patient self-management, through education and support, also offering educational sessions to staff in primary care.
The service provides both on-going clinical management of the condition by nurse prescribing, self-management advice and support components and actively encourages the involvement of the family and carers. The service enhances primary care through independent nurse prescribing.
Location of our service
Unit 6 - Doolittle Yard
Who our service provides for
Patients should meet all of the below criteria, however individuals are considered at the discretion of the Heart Failure Nurse.
•Patients must have a confirmed diagnosis of heart failure made by echocardiogram to be accepted onto the heart failure nurse caseload
•Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction diagnosed by echocardiogram and Heart Failure aetiology identified. Both to be documented in the patient’s medical notes
•The patient must consent to the nurse’s involvement
•Patients with preserved ejection fraction with heart failure symptoms will be accepted at the discretion of the heart failure nurse after a discussion with referrer.
How to start using our service
Referrals are accepted from the following:
•community healthcare professionals;
Assessment within one month from referral.