Cardiac Rehabilitation

Specialised assessment, exercise and education programme to patients and their families following a cardiac event, revascularisation and/or heart surgery.

What does the service provide?

Man on exercise bike

On receipt of referral, the team will contact you to arrange an appointment. You will be invited to an initial assessment where needs and goals are established. You will then attend an 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 service is open two days a week and comprises a physiotherapist, an exercise physiologist and a physiotherapy assistant. We work closely with specialist cardiac nurses and can refer you directly to dietitians and occupational therapists so you receive the right support. If you would prefer to be seen by a therapist of the same sex, please inform us

Treatment 

After we have received your referral we will contact you to arrange an appointment. You will be invited to an initial assessment where needs and goals are established. Your treatment is likely to include an exercise programme at the physiotherapy gym at East Surrey Hospital once or twice a week

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.

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

Your first appointment is usually an assessment and will take between 40-60 minutes. We will discuss:

  • When your cardiac history started
  • Your general health – past and present
  • Any medication you are taking (please bring a list of current medication).

You are likely to be required to take part in a fitness test as part of your initial assessment. For your comfort please wear suitable clothing and footwear.

A member of the physiotherapy team will ask for your consent before any examinations or treatment procedures. This is entirely at your discretion and you are always free to say no or request further information before you make up your mind. You may be asked to sign a consent form for certain treatments.

Where we work

We are based at East Surrey Hospital in the Green Wing. 

East Surrey Hospital
Canada Avenue
Redhill RH1 5RH
Tel: 01737 231688

Parking

Please allow plenty of time for parking. There is a charge for car parking at East Surrey Hospital.

Hospital transport

You may be entitled to transport to hospital, which is provided by South Central Ambulance Service. To check if you are eligible and to arrange transport, call 03001 238840. Eligibility for hospital transport is based on medical need. Please make sure you are ready to be collected by the transport service at least 1 ½ hours before your appointment. If the transport is delayed and you will not be able to make your appointment, phone the physiotherapy department on 01737 231688. Please also be aware there may be a delay in hospital transport taking

Attendance

Please tell us before your appointment if you are unable to attend, giving as much notice as possible.

Additional support

We can provide help for anyone attending the Physiotherapy Department with additional needs, (e.g. wheelchair users, deafness, visual disability, non-English speaking). If you think you may require assistance please contact us on 01737 231688.