"We hope support can carry on and benefit other people"

About: Adult community services / Heart failure support services

(as the patient),

I had heart failure and was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation in January.

I was referred to the cardiac specialist nurses at the walk-in centre, Sarah Briggs involved me in a 12 week pilot providing support for me and other heart patients. This was a scheme where they gave us a weighing machine, blood pressure monitor and a tablet to record our readings. These readings went straight to the hospital, if I thought at any time there was a problem I could speak to Sarah, she has been brilliant, I can ask her anything! .

When a nurse came to take my weighing machine and other things away after the pilot period I told her I felt that this was my security blanket being taken away.

Cardiac patients have also been able to take part in another pilot being run by Hayley Mills at the leisure centre. They have shown us how to exercise without straining our hearts.

These are both pilot schemes, it’s such a shame all patients cannot be given this level of support. We have found it to be great. We just hope it can carry on and benefit other people.

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Response from Kerry Hollingworth, Corporate Affairs Officer, The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Quality69, thank you for your post on Patient Opinion, we really appreciate your feedback on the Cardiology Service and the pilot schemes which you have taken part in. It is great to hear that you have found both of the schemes to be great and that you hope they can carry on for the benefit of others. It is also good to know that your experience of care from our Cardiac Specialist Nurse has been brilliant.

Your feedback and kind comments will be passed on to the staff and departments concerned, with best wishes,


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Update posted by Quality69 (the patient)

Dear Kerry thank you for your response it is good to know that my experience has been noted as both Sarah and Hayley helped me at a very vulnerable time I have now no AF and are no longer in heart failure because of their care