Specialist heart nurses cut admissions and save thousands of pounds

Specialist nurses could save PCTs up to £1,826 per heart failure patient and cut emergency hospital admissions by 35 per cent, research by the University of York shows.

The study looked at a heart failure specialist nurse service run by the British Heart Foundation.

It found that in addition to the cost and emergency admission savings, patients reported higher quality of life because their condition was affecting them less than it did before they received close monitoring from nurses.

Heart failure affects about 2 per cent of the UK population and accounts for around 1.8 per cent of the NHS budget.

nick.bostock@haymarket.com

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