"heart failure nurse"

About: Locala Community Partnerships CIC / Heart failure team

(as the patient),

Four years ago I was discharged from hospital into a nursing home with heart failure and a life expectancy of 2 - 3 weeks. Fortunately my G. P. arranged for David Fearnley, a heart nurse, to visit me in the home.

He visited me regularly, adjusted my medication and within a few months I was able to go home. My health improved so much he was able to stop visiting in December 2009.

This last Christmas, in spite of flu jabs, I had some sort of chest infection which left me increasingly breathless. My G. P. again suggested David Fearnley. My wife telephoned him, and in spite of a heavy work load and being on holiday the next day he made time to come and see me. To cut a long story short he has again worked his magic and my health is improving again.

I cannot emphasize enough the difference he has made to my life. He is friendly, caring and efficient and I feel I owe him my life.

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

Dear RonPat

Thank you for taking the time to tell your story on Patient Opinion which has moved all the staff that have read it so far! Lucy Leese, Community Cardiac Rehab Sister, would like to respond.

"Thank you for your very kind words regarding David Fearnley the Community Heart Failure Nurse Specialist. David is a very dedicated and passionate nurse and he always puts his patients first. He is very proud to be the recipient of such kind words. David is a very valuable member of our team and he works very hard to ensure that patients are provided with the best care. Hearing these lovely words reminds our team what an excellent job he does.

Thank you again.


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