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Letter sent to all acute trust Chief Executives highlighting the importance of improving heart failure care.
This year Whittington Health, an integrated care organisation, decided to raise heart failure awareness by inviting our rehabilitation team and clients to join the heart failure teams from primary and secondary care, in a 3km walk from the acute hospital (the Whittington Hospital) to one of our local health centres (Hornsey Central), in place of their usual gym based session. It had rained heavily all week and so we gathered on a bright but windy day, with an excellent turn out from staff and patients, bearing large heart failure awareness banners. By the time we reached our destination we had collected local GPs, our Director of Strategic Development, and a lot of local interest but happily no rain. The patients were 'stars', and emphasised how critical the rehabilitation services have been in restoring their confidence following cardiovascular illness. The Rehabilitation Program is entirely community based and is a mixed programme with 30-50% of the clients having a diagnosis of heart failure. This is unusual with many heart failure patients in the UK having no access to rehabilitation services. The walk was followed by a further heart failure awareness event at the health centre, with lots of literature available, and then back to work as usual, after a quick return walk (and still no rain).
The Whittington Hospital also used the European Heart Failure Awareness Day poster as a screen saver.
The Wolverhampton Heart Failure Service in conjunction with Cardiac Rehabilitation plan to re-launch an education programme for patients with heart failure. The education programme will be a rolling programme that will be provided for heart failure patients during phase 3 and phase 4 exercise classes. Information provided will re enforce knowledge and support an on-going self-care programme for patients with chronic heart failure.