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CCG pilots new community heart service
A new cardiology service, in which patients will be seen for heart related conditions closer to home, is beginning to pilot in the Winchester and Andover area.
The new service has started in the Winchester and Andover areas and, if successful, may be made available across the west Hampshire region. This follows feedback from our patients and clinicians throughout the west Hampshire area. We were told that patients and GPs want to have a cardiac service closer to them, shorter wait times and no parking problems when possible.
This trial community cardiology service is run by doctors with a specialist interest and training in cardiology and will have strong links to consultant cardiologists at the major hospitals, patient’s GPs and existing specialist cardiac nursing and community services.
If referred to the service by their GP, patients could receive investigations such as ECGs (electrocardiograms), echocardiograms (heart scans), clinical assessments and management advice at one appointment, depending on the nature of their condition.
By providing this service in the community, not only should patients benefit from both faster appointments and having to travel less to see a specialist for support, but in addition resources in our main hospitals can be reserved for the most complex cases. We also hope that waiting times will be shorter.
Dr Chris Arden, local GP and Cardiovascular Lead at NHS West Hampshire CCG, said:
“Demand for heart services has been increasing every year, both nationally and locally; with this pilot we hope to meet increasing demand with improved access and a quality service.
“This pilot is a really exciting and will bring significant benefits to patients in west Hampshire with shorter waiting times and clinics taking place closer to patients’ homes. We have worked extensively with patients, fellow GPs and colleagues in local hospitals to make sure this pilot is the best service it can be.
“We will be monitoring the success of this pilot and keeping patients up to date. If this is successful, we hope this community cardiology service will go live in other parts of our CCG area.”