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Cardiology Specialist Nursing

Cardiology Specialist Nursing

The cardiology specialist nursing team offer support for patients and carers with heart disease and heart failure in hospital and community settings. The team consists of nurse practitioners and specialist nurses as well as physical activity facilitators and health care assistants. Nursing teams are based at University Hospital of North Durham, Darlington Memorial Hospital and Bishop Auckland Hospital as well as in community premises in Stanley, Peterlee and Darlington.

Cardiovascular Service

Patients admitted to hospital with a heart attack or following angioplasty or bypass operation are usually seen in hospital by the specialist nurse team who start the process of cardiac rehabilitation. This typically covers a period of 3-6 months and involves supporting people to recover, reducing the risk of further heart problems and helping people to manage their condition. Cardiac rehabilitation programmes offer 16 sessions of exercise, education and relaxation and are offered in both hospital and community venues throughout the county. There are daytime and evening sessions available. Patients may also be offered review in a hospital or community clinic as well as in their own home or GP surgery.

The specialist nurse team also provide chest pain clinics and cardiology review clinics at University Hospital of North Durham, Darlington Memorial Hospital, Bishop Auckland Hospital and Shotley Bridge Hospital.  These are designed to offer a rapid assessment and investigation of chest pain that does not require admission to hospital.

Heart Failure Service

The heart failure service supports and monitors patients who have been diagnosed with heart failure either in hospital or in a heart failure clinic. Specialist nurses will usually see patients who have been admitted to hospital with heart failure and provide support and education before discharge. Patients will be offered review after discharge in their own home, hospital or community clinic.  The specialist nurse team work closely with Consultant Cardiologists to provide an individual plan of care to support people to reduce cardiac risk and manage their condition at home wherever possible.

Heart failure rehabilitation aims to improve physical function, quality of life and self management of the condition. It is delivered jointly with Butterwick Hospice in Bishop Auckland, St Cuthberts Hospice in Durham, St Theresas Hospice in Darlington and at Peterlee Community Hospital.   




Useful Links and Contact Numbers

University Hospital of North Durham Cardiac Rehabilitation                0191 3332119

Darlington Memorial Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation                           01325 743532

Darlington Community Specialist Nurse Team                                   01325 746238

North Durham Community Specialist Nurse Team                              01207 584350

Easington Community Specialist Nurse Team                                     0191 5692940

Durham Dales and Sedgefield Community Specialist Nurse Team        01388 455061

Phone lines are staffed Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm

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