New Community Cardiology Service launched

Published: 02-11-2016
New Community Cardiology Service launched

Patients with heart problems that would previously have been seen in hospital will now be able to receive expert diagnostics, care and advice in the community following the launch of a new pilot service.

Led by Consultant Cardiologist Dr Rob Bain, the team also includes Rachel Jones (Advanced Clinical Physiologist and expert Echocardiographer) and John Loughborough (Senior Cardiac Nurse with a special interest in Heart Failure). 

Part of local social enterprise Care Plus Group, the team aims to deliver front line cardiology outpatient services to appropriate patients with a particular emphasis on heart failure, atrial fibrillation and open access echocardiography (cardiac ultrasound). General cardiology patients that are felt to be appropriate to an outpatient management setting are also to be seen. Patients requiring more extensive and invasive investigations will continue to be seen in a secondary care environment with referrals to the service being via GPs.

Patients who would normally be seen (and followed up) in a hospital environment will now be able to be seen and dealt with more appropriately in community locations. The team are based 4 days per week at Weelsby View on Ladysmith Road and one day a week at the Roxton Practice in Immingham.

Jane Miller, Chief Executive of Care Plus Group said:
“The aim of this new service is to be more responsive with greater continuity of care for the patients whilst also being delivered in convenient community locations. The team will also act as a resource to primary care generally and will deliver educational support to practices. Our Vision at Care Plus Group is to be leading care in the heart of our community and this new service is in line with our organisations vision and indeed the growing trend providing care in community locations.”

Dr Rob Bain, Consultant Cardiologist said:
“This is an exciting challenge taking cardiology locally in a new direction. The aim is to complement the current secondary care services by providing in the community what can be done in the community in a more responsive way. It is not just about providing outpatient consultations and diagnostics but much more than that in being part of the primary care service providing expertise and support to the primary care teams throughout our area. The initial response from both patients and GP practices has been very positive and as a team we are looking forward to developing, with our primary care colleagues, a strong and innovative clinical service.”

“This pilot service is another exciting development in patient care here in North East Lincolnshire that aims to help local people manage periods of ill health or long term health conditions as close to home as possible,” said Cathy Kennedy, Deputy Chief Executive of NHS North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group. “While some people with more complex needs will still go to hospital for their cardiology appointments, many others will benefit from having investigations or their follow up care take place in one of two local health centres – one in Grimsby and one in Immingham.”


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