Our cardiac rehabilitation service has a national reputation for excellence. We work in partnership with a range of other organisations, including national research and charitable organisations such as the British Heart Foundation.
Our service has been based at the Trust headquarters in Brockworth since 2011, having brought together teams based at Gloucester Royal Hospital and Cheltenham General Hospital and our existing cardiovascular disease team.
Frequently asked questions
Our home visiting service
We provide a home visiting service to patients who are unable to attend either clinics or cardiac rehabilitation programmes.
We aim to contact patients referred by telephone within four days of referral, and aim to see them within two weeks of discharge. During the visit, we provide a symptom assessment, a medication/compliance review, record blood pressure and heart rate, and ECG if indicated. We discuss risk factors, advise re return to activities and refer onto a Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme. We also refer patients on to other agencies as required, ie Age UK, Social Services, Healthy Lifestyles Gloucestersahire.
Following our visit, we write to the patient’s GP to inform them of the assessment, and will liaise with their cardiologist/cardio-thoracic surgeon as required.
Our cardiac rehabilitation programme
We run a six-week rolling programme of structured exercise and education sessions which are centred on the current evidence base for coronary artery disease, covering risk factor management and disease education.
These are held at seven different venues throughout the county:
- Belle Vue Centre, Cinderford
- Oxstalls gym, Gloucester
- The Reddings Community Centre, Cheltenham
- St Joseph’s Church Hall, Stonehouse
- Matson Baptist Church
- Prestbury Centre
- Siddington Village Hall
Self-management programme using our Heart Manual
For those patients who are unable or do not wish to attend a cardiac programme, we offer the Heart Manual, a self-management programme supported by our specialist team.
Recovery Programme option
This is a one-off secondary prevention education programme option for patients not wishing to participate in the exercise component or to commit to a 6 week programme.
How to refer to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Service
Patients who are eligible:
- Post Myocardial Infarction (heart attack)
- Post CABG (heart by-pass) Elective PCI (stent)
If you feel that our service would be of help to you please speak to your Consultant, ward nurse, GP or other healthcare professional who will refer you.
Useful links and information
The UK’s largest organisation for older people can provide support following discharge from hospital.
01452 422 660
Blood Pressure Association
0208 7772 4994 Helpline Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm
British Association for Cardiac Rehabilitation (BACR)
British Dietetic Association
The British Dietetic Association can provide information fact sheets to healthy eating.
0121 200 8080
British Heart Foundation
Main telephone number: 020 7554 0000
Publication orders: 0870 600 6566
Medical info or support: 0300 330 3311
Find out if you need to tell DVA about a medical condition and how to tell them: www.direct.gov.uk/DrivingAndMedicalConditions
For other information such as advice on how to surrender a driving licence due to a medical condition and how to renew after surrender or revocation can also be found at the following link: www.direct.gov.uk/driverhealth
Tel: For car or motorcycle driving licence holders (Group 1) 0300 790 6806
For bus, coach or lorry driving licence holders (Group 2) 0300 790 6807
Gloucestershire Adult Social Care Help Desk
For general information on financial matters or to refer yourself for social care or occupational therapy support following your cardiac event.
Healthy Lifestyles Gloucestershire
Walking for Health
Tel: 020 733 98541
Tel: 0800 917 9262
Local Support Groups
Where the Heart is Support and Social Group
Contact Pearl Stokes: 01452 712058
Gloucestershire Heart Support Group
Chairman Mr Norman Tebworth
01452 712489 or mobile 07870 895273
Gloucester Take Heart Support Group
Contact Ernest Way: 01242 678443
Heart to Heart Support Group in Cheltenham
Contact Chairman Richard Speakman: 01452 714327