St Luke’s Hospice forge new partnership to support heart failure

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A NEW Hospice Heart Partnership project (HHP) has been launched by St. Luke’s Hospice aimed at supporting people with Heart Failure. The project will implement a shared care pathway between the Cardiology team at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital, the North East London Trust Community Heart Failure team and St. Luke’s Hospice.

Virginia Campbell, Advanced Nurse Practitioner at the Hospice and project lead explained ‘’ Hospice data showed that 69 patients with heart failure were seen by our services between 1st June 2016 and 31st May 2017.

The most recent available CCG data (2015-16) for patients registered with GP practices indicate that 3,226 people in the area we serve are living with a diagnosis of heart failure. This indicates that locally, only around 2.1 % of patients with a diagnosis of heart failure are known to the Hospice, demonstrating a significant unmet need across our locality.

The Hospice Heart Partnership project will offer early and timely access to people in our community to access a wide range of Hospice clinical and therapeutic services aiming to ensure their optimal wellbeing, effective management of distressing symptoms and emotional support for themselves and their families’’

Dr H O Savage – Lead for Heart Failure Basildon University Hospital, said: ‘We are excited to be working with and supporting St Luke’s Hospice on this project, which we believe provides an important opportunity to provide critical supportive and therapeutic care for patients in the community and may help avoid re-admission to hospital for heart failure.’

Claire Coyne, Heart Failure Clinical Nurse Practitioner at St. Luke’s added ‘’people don’t often think of the Hospice as being able to offer support to people with Heart Failure so I am very excited about the opportunities to help and support we will be able to offer local people with Heart Failure by working with both the Hospital and the Community Heart Failure Team. I believe the difference Hospice Services could make to their lives, their families and carers may be quite profound’

The project is funded by St James Place Charitable Foundation Trust and referrals will be made by clinical professionals from the Cardiology team at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital, and North East London Trust Community Heart Failure team.

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