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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.

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 an hour 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 Services (CARSS).

CARSS includes:

You can be referred to CARSS 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.

Email integratedhub@berkshire.nhs.uk

Call 0118 904 3075

All visits to our centres are by appointment only.

Please do not visit our centres unless you have an appointment.

If you’re unsure who to contact, please speak to your GP

Coley Clinic

Carsdale Close
Reading
RG1 6DL

West Berkshire Community Hospital

London Road
Benham Hill
Thatcham
RG18 3AS

Wokingham Community Hospital

Barkham Road
Wokingham
RG41 2XR

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