Heart Function Service
If you’ve been diagnosed with heart failure, we can support you and help improve your quality of life through education and effective management of your condition.
We have now reopened our community clinics at Coley Clinic, West Berkshire Community Hospital and Wokingham Community Hospital.
If you’re due for an appointment with us, we’ll contact you with further details.
If you or anyone in your home has COVID-19 symptoms, please tell us before coming to our clinic, or arranging a home visit.
If you’re driving to our Coley Clinic for your appointment, you must stay in your car until you’re asked to come in.
You must wear a face covering and follow the latest social distance guidance while you’re here.
You must also wash your hands and use the hand gel provided.
Once you’ve been referred to our service, we’ll invite you to one of our community clinics or, if you’re unable to travel, will visit you at home.
This first appointment usually lasts 60 minutes and is an opportunity for us to discuss your medical history and complete a basic assessment, measuring your blood pressure, pulse and weight.
We’ll help you learn the signs and symptoms of heart failure and how you can manage them safely and effectively, adjusting your medication if needed.
We’ll also help you understand how exercise and diet can play a crucial role in improving your health.
Our service is part of our Cardiac And Respiratory Specialist Service (CARSS) at Berkshire Healthcare.
Follow the links above to visit the webpages and learn more about each service.
You can be referred to our CARSS services while you’re in hospital, or if you’re registered with a GP in West Berkshire and over the age of 18.
Depending on your needs, we may refer you to our other CARSS teams if we feel that you would benefit from their support and advice.
To access our service, you’ll need a diagnosis of heart failure (confirmed by echocardiogram) and a referral from your consultant cardiologist or GP.
Referrals and attached echocardiograms need to be sent to our Integrated Hub.