Making life better for heart failure patients

Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

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Heart failure patients in Blackpool are to get extra help to improve their quality of life thanks to a new pilot scheme.

The 12-month project will offer patients treated for heart failure a 10-week programme of activities aimed at giving them the tools and information they need to self-manage their condition.

It has been developed by the Cardiac Rehabilitation team at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust using funding from Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and will be delivered by specialist nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and clinical psychologists.

The scheme has also seen the creation of four new part-time temporary jobs.

The trust’s senior occupational therapist, Helen Duggan, said it was an exciting project.

She added: “We hope to support patients with this long-term condition and optimise their self-management. We will also provide them with the emotional support they need to help them cope with their condition.

“Patients’ needs will be individually assessed and referrals on to other services triggered as needed, for example, dieticians and pharmacists.

“The programme has been designed to support patients living with this long-term condition and learn ways of managing their day to day lives.”

The pilot scheme is being run at Our Lady Star of the Sea in St Annes, Blackpool Zoo and Anchorsholme Methodist Church.

Referrals can be made from GPs, cardiologists and specialist nurses.

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