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
Froghall Road
Ampthill
Beds
MK45 2NW


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:
•GPs;
•acute care;
•community healthcare professionals;
•community matrons;
•community nurses;
•practice nurses.

Assessment within one month from referral.


Contact for more information

Name:
MichelleHammett
Address:
Central Beds, Unit 6 Doolittle Yard, Froghall Road, Ampthill, Bedfordshire, MK45 2NW
Telephone:
07768 244036
Email:
michelle.hammett@sept.nhs.uk
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday 08:30 - 16:30