Community Heart Failure Nursing

The community heart failure nursing service is available to patients with a diagnosis of heart failure who are experiencing difficulties and require a home visit.  It provides review of treatment, symptom control and support.  The service also offers support and information to family members/carers.

The service educates patients about

  • symptoms of heart failure
  • how to manage these symptoms and
  • early recognition of symptoms. 

Common symptoms are shortness of breath, ankle swelling, cough.



How to Access the Service

The community heart failure nursing service is provided in the patients own home. 

It is for patients with moderate to severe heart failure (new york heart association (nyha) class 111 or class 1v).

This service is available to adults living in the Belfast area. 

Referrals are accepted from health and social care professionals directly to the heart failure nurses.

Once a patient is diagnosed by either echocardiogram or brain naturetic peptide (bnp) they can then be referred by their cardiology consultant/doctor to the heart failure service. 

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Two or more admissions to hospital in a 1 year period with decompensated heart failure.
  • Those unable to attend hospital due to advancing disease.
  • Those requiring frequent follow up and monitoring.