Cardiac Rehabilitation

What does the service provide?

This service provides specialised assessment, exercise and education programme to patients and their families following a cardiac event, revascularisation and/or heart surgery. On receipt of referral the team will contact you to arrange an appointment. Patients are invited to an initial assessment where needs and goals are established. The patient then attends the exercise programme at the physiotherapy gym at East Surrey Hospital once or twice weekly.

Our aim

We aim to provide comprehensive individualised rehabilitation programme, promoting physical activity and education to ensure patients have the knowledge and skill to influence the underlying cause of the disease and optimise their physical, social and mental health.

About the team

The team comprises of 2 part time Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered physiotherapists and a British Association Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation (BACPR) exercise instructor. We work closely with specialist cardiac nurses and can refer directly to the dietitian and occupational therapists to ensure that patients receive the correct support.

Length of treatment

The classes last for 1 hour and the average attendance is approximately 12 sessions dependant on the patients individual needs. Many of our patients take a referral via the GP exercise scheme to continue exercise for the long term management of their condition.

How to refer

All patients referred to our service must be aged 18 or over and be registered with a GP within the east Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) area. Patients must have a diagnosis of heart disease and/or recent intervention or surgery.

Conditions that are referred to us include:

  • Myocardial infarction (Heart Attack)
  • Percutaneous coronary intervention and stenting
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft
  • Valve surgery
  • Heart failure
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator implantation
  • Stable Angina
  • Various other heart conditions