CardiomyopathyBMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b4210 (Published 26 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4210
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We read with interest the recently published article describing a
patient’s journey with cardiomyopathy (1). As the heart failure nursing
team at the Royal Sussex County Hospital we wish to add an additional
commentary from the nursing perspective.
This patient was referred to the heart failure nursing team after
initial diagnosis and assessment and one nurse undertook her care, after
which she was seen several times a week. Duties of the heart failure
nursing team include patient assessment, monitoring, and review and
adjustment of medication. Along with this the patient is offered detailed
education on heart failure and advice on self management and monitoring.
Patient support is an inherent part of nursing and is integral to the role
of the heart failure nurse specialist. This support spans the spectrum of
the patients journey from initial diagnosis through the highs and lows
and complexities of a heart failure patient’s journey.
For this patient care was led by one heart failure nurse, with
occasional cover for leave. However because of her stroke, the patient was
referred to another hospital for rehabilitation and thus lost some of this
continuity by needing to be seen by another heart failure team and in due
course by the community nursing team in her own area.
Heart Failure Nursing Team, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, BN2
1. Daley L, Gordon J, Weston C, Webb-Peploe K. A patient’s journey,
cardiomyopathy. BMJ 2009; 339: b4210
Competing interests: No competing interests