Published on: 7 May 2024

Hartshill.jpgPatients diagnosed with heart failure in North Warwickshire have been given improved access to essential care through the launch of a brand-new community Heart Failure service at Hartshill Health Centre, provided by George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust.

Clinics previously held at George Eliot Hospital have relocated to the brand-new, purpose-built healthcare facility. This exciting move allows more patients to attend essential follow up clinics and get timely access to treatment. 

One patient praised the new service, saying: “Hartshill Clinic was easy to get to and park and the building was very special. 

“I think helping patients move away from the hospital environment for care is a great thing.”

Heart failure is a significant issue in the area with an estimated 14,000 people living with heart and circulatory diseases in Nuneaton and Bedworth and around 1,400 diagnosed with heart failure by their GP.

The community service will also provide a home visiting service for those that are unable to attend the new clinic and support patients who need continued care at home.

Emma West-Eggar, Heart Failure Service Nurse Lead and Advanced Clinical Practitioner, said: “This new clinic will help us to wrap care around our patients, giving them essential community care which can be vital to helping with long term health outcomes.

“This is an exciting extension to the brand-new community heart failure cardiac rehabilitation service last month.”

Volunteers are a key part of eth new service at Hartshill. They will be helping to meet and greet patients and to deliver medications to patient’s homes, as well as helping to support the cardiac rehabilitation classes.