We are a team of four specialist heart failure nurses and one palliative care nurse based in St Helens with specific experience and training in the management, treatment and care of people with a diagnosis of heart failure.
What is Heart Failure?
Heart Failure is the term we use when your heart fails to pump efficiently.
There are many reasons why this can happen for example:
- following a heart attack
- narrowed or leaking heart valves
- abnormal heart rhythms
- high blood pressure and excess alcohol intake.
Sometimes a definite cause cannot be found.
The term heart failure can be quite a frightening term however, with lifestyle changes and the right mediation we aim to help support the pumping action of your heart.
Who can access the service?
The service is for adult patients who are registered with a St Helens GP.
How will your doctor diagnose heart failure?
You may have visited your GP with symptoms such as breathlessness, swelling of your feet, ankles, legs or abdomen, fatigue or waking up at night due to breathlessness.
As a result of these symptoms your GP may suspect heart failure and so may refer you for some or all of the following investigations:
- ECG (heart tracing)
- BNP blood test (specific blood test for heart failure)
- Chest x-ray
- Echocardiogram (heart scan)
Referral to St Helens Heart Failure Service
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms and you suspect that you may have heart failure then please make an appointment to see your GP, who may recommend arranging some or all of the above investigations.
If the results of these investigations confirm heart failure then your GP will discuss with you a referral to the Community Nurse Led Heart Failure Service.
What to expect following referral
- we will contact you by telephone to introduce you to the service and discuss your referral
- we will offer you an individual assessment to help you better understand your condition and how to monitor your symptoms
- we will ensure you are on the appropriate medication to support the pumping mechanism of your heart
- we will refer you onto other services if appropriate such as Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme
Where is the service offered?
The service offers clinic reviews from various clinics across St Helens such as Fingerpost Park Health Centre, Newton Hospital, Rainhill clinic, Billinge clinic and Four Acre clinic.
For those patients that are housebound patients can be seen in their own home or care home setting.
How to contact the service
Fingerpost Park Health Centre
Telephone: 01744 457261
We are available from Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays) between 9am and 5pm.
British Heart Foundation – Heart Failure
Telephone: 0300 303 311
St Helens Carers Centre
Telephone: 01744 675615