"Heart Failure Nurse"

About: Dewsbury & District Hospital / Cardiology Locala Community Partnerships CIC / Heart failure team

(as the patient),

During the summer of 2012, I became increasingly lacking in energy and severely short of breath, even doing the simplest of tasks. I was admitted to Dewsbury Hospital in October, diagnosed with heart failure and came home 2 weeks later.

At the time, I had only a course of tablets and a small booklet for guidance. Luckily, I have also had regular visits from heat failure nurse David Fearnley, who has given invaluable support. He has adjusted my medication dosage, monitored my progress and, most importantly, been able to answer any questions and deal with any concerns. I'm not sure how we'd have managed without him.

I do now feel well on the way to recovery and it's due to the support that has been provided. I realise that I will be on medication for the rest of my life but feel able to cope due to the help that David has given.

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Response from Gemma Fowler, Integrated Governance Clinical Manager, Locala Community Partnerships

Hi techwrite

Many thanks for your posting which has been shared with the team. Caroline Ellis, Team Leader, would like to say;

"Thank you very much for taking the time to comment on the care and service you have received from the heart failure team. I will pass on your comments to David. I am very pleased you are now feeling much better and feel well supported by our service. Your comments are very helpful and enable us to assess services we deliver and if necessary change our service to meet patient’s needs/expectations.



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Response from Dewsbury & District Hospital

We understand how worrying these symptoms are and are pleased that you feel suported. Thank you for your kind comments.

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