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Annual Review Leaflet

 – Heart Failure (HF) means that the heart is unable to pump blood around the body properly. It usually occurs because the heart has become too weak or stiff. It is sometimes called ‘congestive’ heart failure, although this term isn’t used so much these days. Heart failure doesn’t mean your heart has stopped working; it just needs some support to help it work better. It can occur at any age, but is most common in older people.

Heart failure is a long-term condition that tends to get gradually worse over time. It can’t usually be cured, but the symptoms can often be controlled for many years.

Due to your condition and any medication you are taking, it is important that you have a check-up each year. To help make it easy for you to remember when your check-up is due, the Practice aims see you during the month of your birthday.

There are 2 steps to your annual review:

  1. The first step is to have an appointment with a Healthcare Assistant for your blood test and blood pressure check.
  2. The second step is an appointment with a Practice Nurse to discuss your test results and your HF.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why do I need to wait a week to see the Practice Nurse?
It can take a few days for blood tests to be processed by the hospital and the results to be sent to the GP Surgery.

I have more than one condition which needs a yearly check-up.
Can I have a single check-up for everything?

Yes. You may need to book a longer appointment with the Practice Nurse. Your nurse will indicate below what length appointment is needed for your combination of conditions.


You will NOT be contacted to remind you that your check-up is due. Near your birthday, please call Portcullis GP Surgery on:
01584 872 939 after 10:00am and make 2 appointments:

  • First appointment – with a Healthcare Assistant for a blood test and blood pressure check.
  • Second appointment – with a Practice Nurse at least 1 week later to discuss the results of your tests and your conditions.

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