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New heart failure service to provide specialist care for hospital patients across North Cumbria

Posted on Monday 18th July 2016
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A new heart failure service at North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust will see more specialist care and support given to heart failure patients in Carlisle and Whitehaven hospitals.

Four heart failure nurses have been recruited to work cross-site at the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven. From 25 July, they will be working with all wards across both sites to assess and review all patients diagnosed with heart failure.

This means the specialist nurses will review patients at an earlier stage in their illness and provide a management plan of care tailored to each individual patient, aiming to make sure they are on the right medications to improve their symptoms. The role also includes providing education and ways for patients and their families to detect any early deterioration in their condition.

The service will be led by Caroline Shaw, who has been a sister in the Heart Centre at the Cumberland Infirmary since it opened in 2011 where she played a key role in setting up and developing successful cardiac services.

Caroline and her team Debbie Purdue, Wendy Wardle and Judith Easton will be introducing the new service across hospital wards over the next few weeks. They will also ensure patients have regular ongoing follow-up after discharge from hospital, working with GPs and community services to ensure this happens smoothly, in order to minimise readmissions to hospital.

Debbie, Wendy and Judith have all come from heart failure nursing backgrounds, having worked in hospitals and the community previously. All three nurses have been recruited from previous jobs either at North Cumbria or other Cumbria NHS Trusts.

Caroline said: “I am very excited about this new service. I have a very experienced team of nurses working with me enabling us to provide the high quality care and support that our Cumbrian heart failure patients need. We look forward to working closely with the staff at both hospitals ensuring that a quality service is provided for all”.

Dr Roger Moore, Clinical Director for Cardiology, said: “This is a fantastic development for the Trust as it means that patients with heart failure will receive specialist care on the wards. We expect to see more timely diagnosis of heart failure as a result of this development and patients’ management significantly improved”.