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Welcome to Heart Failure service

Providing support for patients and relatives after diagnosis. Optimising medication as per current NICE guidelines for heart failure. Promoting self-management of heart failure symptom monitoring.

Services offered:

  • Clinic / home visit assessment and review by a heart failure nurse specialist for patients with all types of heart failure confirmed by echocardiogram
  • Optimising evidenced based therapy and initiate therapy that require specialist supervision as per HF guidelines
  • Work with the cardiologist and primary care to provide comprehensive care planning and management
  • Manage heart failure that is becoming more unstable
  • Support to monitor symptoms and guidance with diuretic titration to improve self-management strategies
  • Health promotion supporting life style modifications
  • Specialist support to other teams involved in patient’s care
  • Onward referral for heart failure rehab exercise classes as appropriate
  • Palliative care support in conjunction with other services

 

Where is the Service provided?

Services are provided from a variety of clinic venues:

Mill Rd Therapy centre, Mill Rd, Colchester, CO4 5LJ click here to view on map

Jubilee Unit Clacton Hospital, Tower Rd, Clacton on Sea, CO15 1LH click here to view on map

Fryatt Hospital, Main Rd, Harwich, CO12 4EX click here to view on map

Patients with heart failure that are house bound can also be seen at home.

The service runs Monday to Friday (not Bank holidays) 9am - 5pm.

How to access the Service

Referrals are accepted from local hospital clinical staff on discharge from hospital and from cardiology clinics, tertiary centres, practice nurses and GPs via the Community Gateway, as well as from other ACE services.

Known heart failure patients can also self-refer back to the service at any time for help with management of symptoms.

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