Heart failure service 

The heart failure service provides comprehensive care for patients with heart failure. We take referrals for patients at any stage from pre-diagnosis onwards. We work within a framework dictated by the GP - from comprehensive care to single review visits to deal with specific problems. We have a particular interest in intractable and difficult heart failure, especially where co-morbidity limits therapy (for example renal failure). The recently set up advanced heart failure clinic deals with patients who need assessment for new therapies, such as devices (pacemakers and defibrillators), cardiac surgery, haemofiltration, stem cells and ventricular assistive devices.

We have a particular interest in patients with advanced heart failure, heart failure caused by cytotoxic drugs and patients with heart failure and renal failure.

Conditions treated

  • Heart Failure
  • Left ventricular systolic dysfunction
  • Assessment of breathlessness

Service performance

The heart failure service has delivered exceptional quality of care in the national heart failure audit. For example, the service was benchmarked in 2009 showing 94 per cent of patients with heart failure caused by left ventricular systolic dysfunction were discharged on ACE inhibitors to compared to a UK average of 55 per cent (UK central cardiac audit database, CCAD) and an American average of 86 per cent (US joint commission).

93 per cent of our patients are discharged on beta blockers while 100 per cent of our patients receive an echocardiogram during their stay in hospital.

The waiting times for the clinic are short - typically 1-2 weeks.

Patient support services

The heart failure team will routinely refer you to a local community heart failure nurse specialist, if there is one in your area. These nurses will visit you at home, provide you with information on managing the condition of heart failure, and provide you with a telephone number for support.

Patient aftercare

Care is usually followed up in the general or advanced heart failure clinics. However frequently patients require little ongoing care from our service and are followed up by the community heart failure nurses and the GP.

Dr Simon Woldman

Dr Simon Woldman Heart failure service, Cardiology outpatients
Dr Amitava Banerjee Heart failure service, Cardiac services
Dr Martin Thomas Heart failure service, Cardiology outpatients

 Contact details

Patient enquiries
Telephone: 0203 447 9201

GP enquiries
Telephone: 0203 447 9201
Fax: 020 3456 6247
Email: uclh.cardiology@nhs.net

Service manager - Jen English
Email: jen.english@nhs.net

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