The Heart Failure Specialist Nurse team are a part of the wider community nursing service in Guildford and Waverley working with patients, carers, GPs, practice nurses, other specialist nurses, and consultants to reduce mortality and improve the quality of life for patients with chronic heart failure.
The service aims to optimise health and wellbeing for individuals through specialist advice, support and treatment and to prevent you from being admitted to hospital unnecessarily.
The service is available for adults aged over 18 who are registered with a Guildford & Waverley GP.
This include patients living in their own homes or residential and nursing care homes.
Your appointment would be made following a referral from your GP or hospital specialist consultant, where there is a clinical diagnosis of heart failure which is confirmed by an echocardiogram and where you would benefit from nursing assessment and care planning.
Following your initial assessment at home or in a local community clinic, you and your carer are able to contact the community heart failure specialist nurse team directly.
Appointments are held at home or in a local community clinic. Telephone appointments are also available.
The Heart Failure Service provides:
Assessment and care planning to develop and agree individual goals
Post hospital discharge review and assessment
Optimisation of anti-heart failure medications
Management of decompensation episodes
Education and advice to support people with treatment and self-management strategies at home
End of life care in partnership with local palliative care and district nurse teams.
Please bring details of any medication you are taking.
The service operates Monday to Friday 09:00 to 17:00, excluding bank holidays.
However if you would like to speak to a generalist nurse at the weekends or out of hours, please call our Community Co-ordination Centre on 01483 362 020.
We very much value feedback from all of our patients, and may ask you to complete a satisfaction questionnaire after your appointment.
You can find more information here: www.bhf.org.uk.