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A consultant and clinical nurse specialist lead the rapid access heart function clinic to assess, diagnose, and offer individual management plans for patients diagnosed with heart failure.
Specialist invasive and non-invasive investigations to define underlying pathophysiology of heart failure.
Assessment of severity of heart failure.
Risk stratification and patient prognosis.
Further referrals to other sub-specialty cardiology or other consultants.
All forms of coronary intervention.
Arrhythmia management including ablation, cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs).
Cardiac surgery including transplantation and ventricular assist devices.
End-of-life management and palliative care.
It provides a robust referral pathway and one-stop-shop for GPs.
The number of patients who are successfully diagnosed with heart failure after an echocardiogram and specialist assessment has six QOF points for the GMS contract 2011/2012.
Our aim is to assess patients, with suspected heart failure and who have had a previous myocardial infarction, within two weeks of them being referred to us.
Patients and GPs receive a fast and professional service. The individual care plan and medications deemed necessary by the consultant is faxed directly to the referring GP.
Rapid access heart function clinic contact details: Marcia Singleton, clinical nurse specialist, heart failure Tel: +44 (0)1895 823737 Bleep: 6155 Fax: +44 (0)1895 828737