HEALTH CARE FOR PEOPLE WITH HEART
People living with Cardiovascular disease
(CVD) can get very sick with COVID-19.
CVD is a term that includes a number of conditions, including high blood pressure, angina/coronary disease, heart attack, stroke, and heart failure.
While Alert-Level 4 restrictions are in place, it’s important that we all follow the basic advice for general hygiene.
All healthcare during all alert levels of COVID-19 is an essential service.
How healthcare is delivered during Alert Level 3 may be a bit different.
To keep everyone safe, health services have limited face to face appointments.
Your hospital appointments will be by phone or video. Other appointments may be postponed.
If you have an appointment coming soon, your local hospital should contact you about how it might have to change.
If you don’t have access to a telephone or internet, please let your cardiac service know this so that other ways of contacting you can be arranged.
If you have heart-related concerns, call your GP clinic, heart nurse, heart specialist clinic or the Healthline on
0800 611 116.
Blood tests can still happen (if they are essential), but the laboratory services are likely to be more limited.
Check with your doctor or nurse that the test is necessary and that you can maintain the 2m social distancing rule from other patients if you need a blood test.