Useful websites and telephone numbers

British Heart Foundation

The British Heart Foundation is the largest independent charity committed to the fight against heart disease.  The Heart Helpline telephone number is 0300 330 3311.  They can also be emailed on [email protected]

www.bhf.org.uk/heart-health/how-your-heart-works/know-your-heart.aspx

An interactive learning tool to help you learn more about your heart and explain what you can do to help keep your heart healthy.

Pumping Marvellous

A charity started by a heart failure patient to support others and also the heart failure medical and nursing teams. Offer booklets, advice, videos.

Cardiomyopathy UK

Cardiomyopathy UK is a charity offering support and information.  You can get help from a cardiomyopathy support nurse on 0800 018 1024 (lines open 8.30 am – 4.30 pm).  Website: www.cardiomyopathy.org

National Institute for Clinical Evidence (NICE)

NICE is an executive non-departmental body of the Department of Health.  They publish information for people with heart failure, carers, the public and healthcare professionals.  Once you have logged onto the site look out for the section on heart failure. www.nice.org.uk

DVLA

Information about driving requirements and medical conditions. Website: www.dvla.co.uk

Claim for help with health costs

For help with health costs such as NHS prescriptions, NHS dental charges, travel costs to receive NHS treatment under the care of a consultant.  You may be able to get help if you are receiving a Government benefit or credit, are pregnant, retired or on a low income.  Telephone: 0845 850 1166, Website:https://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcosts/Documents/2016/HC1-April-2016.pdf

Age UK

Support with carers support, advice, exercise, coming home from hospital, dementia, bereavement.  Website: www.ageuk.org.uk/oxfordshire Telephone number: 0345 450 1276

Talking Space

For support with long term conditions, anxiety, depression.  Website: www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/talkingspaceplus Telephone number: 01865 901222

Citizens Advice

Online and face to face free advice to help you find a way forward, whatever the problem.  Website: www.citizensadvice.org.uk

Macmillan Charity

Support for everyone, specialising in end of life care not only for cancer patients.  Website: www.macmillan.org.uk Telephone number: 0808 8080000

The Samaritans

Charity offering support for people ‘round the clock’.  Website: www.samaritans.org   Telephone number: 116 123

HealthTalk

Information about various medical conditions from the patient’s perspective.  Select the section on heart failure to watch videos from patients discussing their experiences of living with heart failure.  Website: http://www.healthtalk.org/

Carers Oxfordshire

Carers Oxfordshire is a free service which offers information, advice and support to someone aged 18 and over, who is looking after someone aged 18 and over, living in Oxfordshire, who could not manage without this help. 

Reading and West Berkshire Carers Service

Carers Trust Thames (North Bucks and Milton Keynes)

  • 01908 260444

Crossroads Care Oxfordshire

Crossroads Care is a registered charity and leading provider of home care services.

Telephone number: 01865 260280

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.oxfordshirecrossroads.org.uk

Consultant Cardiologist at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust | Website

I have specialist interests in heart failure and implantable cardiac devices (pacemakers, ICDs, CRT). I currently lead the heart failure service, and have set up this website.