According to the report by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, the nurses helped save costs by preventing hospital readmissions.
The report detailed how the specialist heart failure nurses reduced hospital readmissions using a series of case studies.
Nurses working in the specialist clinics were able to check bloods and change patients’ medications, thus preventing unnecessary waits and admissions.
In a peak month at South of Tyne and Wear PCT, there were 10 hospital readmissions when the programme began in 2003.
But by 2006, the nurses had been able to reduce the number of hospital readmissions to just one, according to the study Focus on: Heart Failure.
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