Community heart failure service launches in Huntingdonshire

People living in Huntingdonshire who have been diagnosed with heart failure can now be reviewed by local community services for the first time.

Community heart failure service launches in Huntingdonshire
18 April 2018

People living in Huntingdonshire who have been diagnosed with heart failure can now be reviewed by local community services for the first time.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) has set up a new community heart failure service which will provide expert help from specialist nurses to support people to manage their condition and aid their rehabilitation. This involves home visits, telephone support and advice.

The Trust currently provides community heart failure services in Peterborough and East Cambridgeshire and Fenland.

Following more than £450,000 additional funding from the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) the aim is to ensure that those with chronic heart failure receive dedicated help regardless of where they live. As well as the new service in Huntingdonshire, existing services in Peterborough are being expanded.

Liz Woodruff, consultant heart failure nurse, explained: “Following an assessment heart failure specialist nurses will put together a personal care plan, which will include a tailored education and management programme.

“People may be asked to join a cardiac rehabilitation programme, which will usually involve specialised exercise classes and education to help them better understand their condition and how to self manage it.

“Our aim is to support people to make informed decisions and identify changes they can make to their lifestyle, such as diet and exercise. With the right help their symptoms can often stabilise enough for them to be discharged, although they can self-refer back into the service if their condition worsens again.”

Around 900,000 people in the UK have chronic heart failure with the most common cause being coronary heart disease. The number of people with the condition is expected to rise with an ageing and growing population.

People with chronic heart failure often experience a poor quality of life caused by symptoms like breathlessness and fatigue, while over a third suffer from severe depression. The local initiative is part of a national drive to provide more community-based care to reduce the pressure on acute hospitals and provide care closer to patients’ homes.

 

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
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Cambridge, CB21 5EF

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