Heart Failure Service
We are a specialist team of doctors and heart failure nurses based in Dorset County Hospital 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
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.
Referral to the 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.
We offer a dedicated Rapid Access Heart Failure Clinic for patients suspected to have a new diagnosis of Heart Failure which all local GP's can access. If a diagnosis of heart failure you may be followed up in our heart failure service run by Dr Edwards and Dr Burnhope our Heart Failure Consultants and the Heart Failure Nurse Specialists (Emma Simmonds and Becky Wetherall).
There are many options for treatment of heart failure. Were appropriate our team will:-
- contact you by telephone to introduce you to the service and discuss your referral
- offer you an individual assessment to help you better understand your condition and how to monitor your symptoms
- ensure you are on the appropriate medication to support the pumping mechanism of your heart
- consider other advanced therapies for heart failure
Where is the service offered?
The service is offered in a variety of settings depending on clinical need including:
- Hospital clinics
- Community based clinics
- Telephone support
- Home visits
Dorset County Hospital
Telephone: 01305 255930
We are available Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays) between 9am and 5pm.