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The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch NHS Foundation Hospital Trust

Royal Bournemouth trials cardiology specialist nurses

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The Royal Bournemouth Hospital is trialling a new advanced nurse practitioner role to enhance patient care, prevent re-admissions and reduce staff pressures.

Advanced nurse practitioners Anthony Young and Patricia Hartiganare have been appointed in the trust’s cardiology department to enhance the care provided to cardiovascular patients.

Both are currently studying for a Masters in Advanced Nurse Practitioner at Bournemouth University, which requires them to develop their knowledge base in their chosen specialist medical area – angioplasty.

Their role includes seeing all inpatients awaiting a coronary angioplasty procedure, offering advice, support and aftercare guidance as well as managing a new post–procedure review clinic.

They also undertake medical clerking for patients who are transferred from Poole Hospital for an angioplasty procedure.

Paula Rayson, manager of cardiology at RBH, said: “In trialling this new role we are able to determine what areas within the Cardiology Department require extra support to ensure the best possible patient care is delivered, re-admissions are prevented and the pressures on doctors are alleviated.

“Anthony and Patricia add great support to the team and we will be reviewing in late–spring as to whether the angioplasty nurse specialist role can be incorporated within the cardiology team on a more permanent basis.”


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