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GPs and nurses keep their finger on the pulse

Patients will receive quicker reassurance about a heart condition and if required appropriate treatment delivered at their own surgery thanks to a new service run by city GPs.

People in Leicester are being told not to be surprised if their doctor wants to check their pulse next time they visit. Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is working closely with GPs to find people who have an irregular or very fast heartbeat. Both are symptoms of a condition called atrial fibrillation.

This is part of a larger project to move some health services previously only provided to patients in hospital into the community and closer to people’s homes.

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a condition which causes the heart to become less effective at pumping blood around the body. More than 1,000 patients in Leicester are currently diagnosed with the condition but more may have the condition and not know.

Dr Rishabh Prasad said: “Symptoms of this heart condition can go easily unnoticed. We ran a pilot between December and February in four of our city practices. The scheme has been so successful that we are now in a position to roll it out to all surgeries in the city.

“We want patients to benefit from seeing their family doctor – who knows their medical history and if diagnosed can closely monitor the patient and provide the most appropriate treatment. Having the service in local GP surgeries make it so much more convenient for our patients.”

As part of the project four GPs across the city have been selected to lead the project forward and support the other practices to provide continuity of care for patients throughout the transition of services from Leicester hospitals to city surgeries.

Dr Prasad, continued: “GPs have also received extra training so can better identify the signs and symptoms of an irregular heartbeat and provide the patient with the most appropriate course of treatment.”

For more information on the condition visit www.nhs.uk or speak to your GP or practice manager to make an appointment.

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For interviews or more information please contact Liz Thomas, Communications and Engagement Officer on 0116 295 4159 or liz.thomas@leicestercityccg.nhs.uk

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