What is the practice nurse clinic?
All patients who have heart disease are called for a review by their GP practice, this is usually carried out by a practice nurse who has undergone specialist heart disease training. The nurse will monitor your condition to make sure you are receiving the best care and support possible. The nurse will also help to address any concerns you may have.
When will I be invited to the clinic?
Ususally you will be invited to attend your first review appointment six weeks to three months after you have a definite diagnosis of heart disease. These timescales may vary if you are attending rehabilitation or are undergoing further tests or treatment. After your inital review you will be invited back for a check up at least once a year.
What happens at the clinic?
The nurse will check your blood pressure, cholesterol, weight etc, check you medication and ask a few questions about how you have been getting on. In addition, the nurse will also discuss with you various aspects of your lifestyle which relate to heart disease, i.e. exercise, alcohol consumption and smoking. If you feel you need any help in any of these areas your practice nurse can refer you on to the appropriate service. If you have not already received one, you can also get a copy of the "My Heart Book".
Is there anything I have to do before the clinic?
You will receive a letter inviting you to attend the practice nurse clinic. If the appointment is not suitable please call your practice to re-arrange. You may be asked to complete a questionnaire and bring it with you to your appointment, or be asked to bring along your current medication. You may also be asked to fast for a period of time if you are getting bloods taken. Different practices have different requirements so read your letter carefully and it will tell you exactly what to do. Finally, the review is a good opportunity for you to discuss any concerns or issues you may have about your condition, you might find it helpful to write these down before hand to remind you of what you would like to talk about during the appointment. If you wish you can also take along a carer or friend.