Specialist Nurses, Cardiac – How the nurse specialist can help you:
Information for you
If you would like more information about your heart condition we can provide written details and diagrams or can arrange to meet with you personally to discuss this.
Information for others
If you have local health professionals, such as School Nurses, Community Nurses or family doctors, involved in your care, we would be happy to provide them with information about your heart condition and related issues.
For most young people having a heart condition does not prevent them from holding a driving license. However, if you have an irregular heart rhythm, or have been fitted with a pacemaker, the Driving Vehicle License Authority will need to be informed and provision of medical information may be necessary.
We can put you in touch with other agencies
- Social Workers – who can offer advice regarding benefits which may be available to young people with heart conditions (?link to own area).
- Support Groups – there are specialist support groups for young people with heart conditions such as the Somerville Foundation , who provide information and support for young people and adults who were born with a heart condition, and their families. Their website is http://www.thesf.org.uk/
Just want to talk?
There may be times when you feel that you would like to talk to someone outside of the family. Please contact us and we can arrange to meet up, either at your home or at the hospital.
I don’t know what to say?!
If your school, college, employer is asking for advice regarding your heart condition, please contact us as we can provide written information or even visit the school, if more appropriate.