Heart failure service praise

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A countywide service for patients with symptoms of heart failure has received national recognition.

Lincolnshire Heart Failure Service was a finalist in two categories at this year’s Patient Safety and Care Awards.

The service team, based at Johnson Community Hospital, Pinchbeck, and other hospitals in Lincolnshire, was considered in both managing long term conditions and cardiac care categories.

Specialists within the team play a vital role in helping to prevent conditions of heart failure from escalating and requiring hospital admission.

The service, run by Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS), is led by seven heart failure complex case managers based within community teams across the county to help coordinate care, both long and short-term.

Jane Scrafton, heart failure professional advisor at LCHS, said: “We are very proud to have reached the shortlists for two awards this year.

“We would like to thank all of our colleagues who enable us to provide a high quality service in Lincolnshire.

“We are committed to improving services for people with chronic heart failure and will continue to work with patients, carers and partner organisations to that end.”

LCHS Chief Executive Andrew Morgan said: “This is yet another example of the excellent, quality services which are available to patients in Lincolnshire.”

“Although the team did not win their categories on this occasion, I am very pleased they have had the opportunity to share their work and be chosen as finalists from a strong national field.

“It is good to see that they are getting the recognition they deserve.”