New Service For Congenital Heart Disease Launched

10/12/2010

A Nurse-led Congenital Heart Disease Transition Clinic for 14-16 year olds called rheartz was launched today by Health Minister Michael McGimpsey.

About one percent of babies are born with congenital heart abnormalities, ranging in severity from the most simple to the more complex. Often these babies undergo major life saving cardiac surgery during their infancy and again during their childhood years, and thanks to the advances in medical treatments and surgical techniques, the majority of them now survive into their adult years

A Nurse-led Congenital Heart Disease Transition Clinic for 14-16 year olds called rheartz was launched today by Health Minister Michael McGimpsey.

About one percent of babies are born with congenital heart abnormalities, ranging in severity from the most simple to the more complex. Often these babies undergo major life saving cardiac surgery during their infancy and again during their childhood years, and thanks to the advances in medical treatments and surgical techniques, the majority of them now survive into their adult years.

As patients approach adulthood, their care will move from paediatric services to adult services, and many children and their parent can find this transition period difficult.

In response to this need, rheartz (pronounced ‘Our Hearts’) was developed as a Nurse-led Congenital Heart Disease Transition Clinic for 14-16 year olds.

The clinic is held in Bradbury Health and Wellbeing Centre twice a month, and aims to provide a smooth transition for patients from the paediatric to adult services for around 100 – 150 teenagers per year..

‘Jan Gordon, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Nurse Specialist added, ‘This is a nurse led service which concentrates on education, health promotion, empowerment and peer support. We hope to empower our patients to become experts within their own health’.