Our community heart support nursing service is run by a team of specialist nurses who support people with a diagnosis of heart failure.

We support families to care for those with a heart problem to improve their quality of life and to learn how to live better with cardiac disease.

Merton cardiology service

We are a multidisciplinary team specialising in assessment, care planning, treatment, rehabilitation and education of adults with confirmed diagnosis of heart failure along with their families and carers. We also offer cardiac rehabilitation for patients with cardiac conditions such as acute coronary syndrome; stable heart failure; stable angina; following heart surgery.

Our aim is to provide evidence-based treatment, to improve the quality of life of our patients and to prevent unnecessary GP or hospital attendances. We maintain effective communication with GPs and Hospital Cardiologists, keeping them up to date on any treatment decisions regarding patient care. Our team consists of specialist nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapist and rehabilitation assistants.

What we offer:

  • Assessment and individually tailored management plan
  • Specialist heart failure input
  • Optimisation of medical therapy
  • Facilitation of behavioural change and health promotion to reduce cardio-vascular risk factors
  • Cardiac rehabilitation (exercise & education)
  • Home exercise programmes
  • Advice on techniques to help symptom management
  • Advice on how to manage activities of daily living
  • Screening, treatment and sign posting for psychological health
  • Smoking cessation referral and support

Patient contact phone number: 0333 241 4242

Merton cardiology service referral information

Referrals are accepted from a range of sources including GPs, community services, London Ambulance Service, nursing homes, residential care homes, carers, 111, GP out-of-hours services and acute staff. The service also accepts self-referrals for those already known to the service.

Phone: 0333 004 7555
Email: clcht.mertonspa@nhs.net
eFax: 0300 008 2122

Merton cardiology service inclusion and exclusion criteria

Inclusion criteria for heart failure care:

  • Over 18 years of age and registered with a Merton GP
  • A confirmed diagnosis of heart failure with ECHO

Inclusion criteria for cardiac rehabilitation:

  • Over 18 years of age and registered with a Merton GP
  • Acute coronary syndrome
  • Following revascularisation
  • Stable heart failure
  • Stable angina
  • Following implantation of cardiac defibrillators and resynchronisation devices
  • Heart valve repair/replacement
  • Heart transplantation and ventricular assist devices
  • Grown-up congenital heart disease (GUCH)
  • Cardiomyopathies
  • Other atherosclerotic diseases, e.g. peripheral arterial disease, transient ischaemic attac

Exclusion criteria for heart failure care:

  • Patients with an unconfirmed diagnosis of heart failure

Merton location and opening hours

Patients can be seen in a range of settings including their own homes, clinics, GP practices, Nelson Health Centre, Birches Polyclinic or at the Wimbledon Leisure Centre.

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

  • Nelson Health Centre, Kingston Road, London SW20 8DA
  • Birches Polyclinic, 4 Birches Cl, Mitcham CR4 4LQ
  • Wimbledon Leisure Centre, Latimer Road, Wimbledon SW19 1EW

Wandsworth service information

Our heart nursing service offer specialist support, including:

  • Monitor physical status and implement an agree management plan
  • Providing advice on evidence based to support care.
  • Optimising and titration of cardiac medicine to improve cardiac function.
  • Education to patients and carers about living with a diagnosis of heart failure
  • Lifestyle and better health care advice

Phone: 0333 300 0950 (patient line)
Email: clcht.wandsworthspa@nhs.net

Wandsworth referral information


Who can refer:

  • GP/practice nurse
  • Any other healthcare professional
  • Self-referral (if known to the service within the last three months)

Our heart nurse service requires standard patient and referrer information, including NHS number, contact and address details. We also require the following information.

  • Echocardiogram report attached
  • Recent blood test results (within three months)
  • Current prescribed medication list.
  • Any relevant medical notes and information about other medical conditions
  • Reason for referral

Phone: 0333 300 2350
Email: clcht.wandsworthspa@nhs.net


Wandsworth inclusion and exclusion criteria


This service is for patients:

  • Who are aged 18 and over
  • Who are registered with a GP within the NHS Wandsworth CCG area
  • Who has a confirmed diagnosis of heart failure requiring specialist monitoring and symptom control
  • Who agree to the referral


  • No objective evidence to confirm heart failure diagnosis

Wandsworth location and opening hours

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Clinics run at the following locations:

Bridge Lane Group Practice

20 Bridge Ln, London SW11 3AD

Greyswood Practice

66 Eastwood St, London SW16 6PX

Tudor Lodge Health Centre

8C Victoria Dr, London SW19 6AE