Celebration of cardiac rehabilitation programme

More than 50 former patients, and their carers and families, who have been through the Fenland cardiac rehabilitation programme run by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) recently met up at a special event at Doddington Hospital.

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Celebration of cardiac rehabilitation programme
06 June 2017

More than 50 former patients, and their carers and families, who have been through the Fenland cardiac rehabilitation programme run by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) recently met up at a special event at Doddington Hospital.

The aim was to update them on the latest developments and treatments in cardiac rehabilitation and to meet others who have taken part in the programme.

The day was kicked off by Aidan Thomas, Chief Executive of the Trust, who said that the programme is helping lots of people with heart conditions to live a more active and healthy lifestyle and that he was delighted to see so many people there to celebrate its success.

He was followed by Kathryn Carver, Heart Function Lead Nurse at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, who talked about the latest heart surgery techniques and advances in medication. She also discussed lifestyle changes that can make a difference, with practical tips around diet and exercise.

There was also a thought provoking presentation from patient Reg Tibbett who talked his experiences and how the cardiac rehabilitation programme has helped him. He first attended the programme following major heart surgery to improve his understanding of his heart condition and how to improve his health and fitness.

He explained: “The programme has helped me to learn how much further I could push myself when exercising and to become more considered about my diet and nutrition choices. I’ve since taken up walking football and now the better weather is here I’ll soon be out on my cycle. It has the added benefit that my family and friends worry about me less because I am better able to self manage my condition.”

The event was concluded by a highly entertaining cookery slot from Trust dietitian Jane Green who rustled up a couple of healthy Mediterranean dishes.

There were also information stalls from the likes of CPFTs Psychological Well-Being Service, Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS), voluntary organisations like the British Heart Foundation and others.

Sue Corbett, Cardiac Rehabilitation Lead Nurse, CFPT, who organised the event, said: “This is also a chance for people who have been through the cardiac rehabilitation programme to meet up with others who have taken part over the last year or so and for us as cardiac nurses to catch up with them to see how they’re getting on now they’ve completed the course. So as well as the speakers, there was plenty of time to network and chat over coffee and cake.”

The cardiac rehabilitation programme is a mix of hospital and home based support. An 8 week course led by an exercise specialist, supported by a cardiac nurse, is run from clinics at North Cambs Hospital, Wisbech and Doddington Hospital.

Home support consists of moderate exercises, using the heart manual, which is a 6 week facilitated, self-help rehabilitation programme for people recovering from a cardiac event. One of the nurses in the team will visit the patient in their home and devise a tailored exercise programme, usually followed by regular telephone contact with the nurse.

There is also a home based 6-8 week higher intensity exercise programme (DVD-led). People taking up this option are assessed at the beginning of the programme and again at the end. Telephone support is available throughout.

Referrals are from hospitals and GPs.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

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