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"The number of specialist heart failure nurses is falling as the number of patients with heart failure rises"
Suzanne Bell, chair of the SHFNF and one of the authors of the report, says: 'Heart failure is a life-limiting condition and people can live with disabling and isolating symptoms for many years. While fewer people are dying from cardiac conditions, more people are living with heart failure, in fact, almost 94,000 in Scotland. Specialist heart failure nurses have the skills, training and expertise to manage the complexities of this condition, in a highly cost-effective way.
They are valued by both patients and carers living with heart failure in Scotland. Along with the other members of the heart failure services they should be supported so that their vital work can be sustained and improved in the coming years to meet the growing needs of the heart failure population.'
For more information about heart failure contact the Advice Line nurses on 0845 077 6000.
Online resource for carers
stroke4carers.org was developed in collaboration with CHSS, National Advisory Committee for Stroke, University of Edinburgh and Big Lottery Fund Scotland, to set up a free online website specifically for unpaid carers , family and friends of people after a stroke.
This new site will have interactive features with simple explanations of symptoms and practical help and information to help carers and families wherever they live in Scotland.
CHSS is working with NHS Fife Stroke Managed Clinical Network to develop a DVD as an additional support tool.
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