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Living with heart failure

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What can I do?

Who can help?

Financial support for people with heart failure

What can I do?

Who can help?

The following people and organisations may be involved in your (or a family member's or friend's) healthcare.

General practice team

If you need to find a GP, you can search on this map.

Christchurch Hospital Cardiology Department

The Christchurch Hospital Cardiology Department sees people with serious heart problems on referral from a medical professional. It also provides echocardiogram, electrocardiograms (ECG) and exercise electrocardiograms (exercise ECG).

If you need an ECG, your doctor can normally do this in their surgery. If you need an echocardiogram or exercise ECG, your doctor may refer you to this department to be seen as an outpatient.

Private heart specialists

You can search for private heart specialists (cardiologists) on Healthpages.

Home help and home care assistance

If you have heart failure and are struggling with everyday activities, or are very sick, your general practice team may be able to arrange for you to have district nurse visits and/or domestic assistance from one of these three providers in Canterbury.

In rural areas:

You will be allocated to one of the above providers.

Financial support for people with heart failure

For information about funding that your GP might be able to use to reduce the cost of your health care, see Funding schemes at your general practice.

To find out about the disability allowance benefit, see Disability allowance for adults.

Transport and parking has information about mobility parking permits, the Total Mobility half-price taxi scheme, and other transport options.

See the Financial support in palliative care page for information on benefits available to people who have severe heart failure and are being treated palliatively.

On the next page: Medicines to treat heart failure

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed November 2016.

See also:

Acute plans

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