British Heart Foundation

The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust


Cardiac Rehabilitation Department, New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton Road,
Wolverhampton West Midlands WV10 0QP

About the Programme

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Service at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton, is a patient-driven, comprehensive programme encompassing cardiac risk factor modification, prescribed exercise, education (including stress management), and counselling. Using a menu-based approach, the Cardiac Rehabilitation Team provides core rehabilitation services, with sound referral pathways in place for referral to other specialist services. The team comprises of Specialist Nurses, a Clinical Physiotherapist Specialist, an Exercise Physiologist, a Health Promotion Therapist and an administrator. The team currently offers a service throughout the 4 phases of cardiac rehabilitation.

Phase 1 occurs during the inpatient stay, or after any change in cardiac condition. The team sees patients following a heart attack, an angioplasty and heart surgery.
Phase 2 is the immediate post discharge period. Patients are contacted by telephone to assess progress, and will be visited at home if necessary.
Phase 3 typically lasts 6 to 12 weeks, and takes the form of a structured programme of education, stress management and prescribed exercise (outpatient).
Phase 4 involves the long -term maintenance of lifestyle change and physical activity (outpatient).

Specialist services that patients may be referred to include the Clinical Health Psychology Service, Wolverhampton Smoking Cessation Service, Diabetic Specialist Nurses, and the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics.


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What to expect
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The exercise programmes, the education sessions and the stress management programme are all run independently of each other so that patients can access any or all of the services that they require.

Exercise Programmes:
After attending the Cardiac Rehabilitation Department at New Cross Hospital for an initial assessment patients can join one of our exercise programmes. Supervised exercise sessions are held in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Department and in local Leisure Centres at Aldersley, Bilston and Graiseley. There are also ladies-only exercise sessions. Patients are asked to attend twice a week for up to 12 weeks, and will then be reassessed and advised about continuing exercise long term. The Cardiac Rehabilitation Team also supervises long term (phase 4) exercise sessions in the community.

Education Sessions
The Cardiac Rehabilitation Team organises hospital and community-based education sessions, which are held on a monthly basis for patients and their carers. The topics discussed include Coronary Heart Disease and Risk Factors, exercise, stress management, healthy eating, basic life support, the Wolverhampton Coronary Aftercare Support and medication.

Stress Management Programme
This is a four-week programme for patients and their carers who feel that anxiety and stress is an issue for them. The course looks at stress and the effects on the body, and discusses various coping mechanisms including relaxation techniques.

How long does it take

Exercise sessions: each session lasts one hour, attending twice a week for 6 to 12 weeks. These are held in both hospital and community settings.

Education sessions: these are single sessions held once a month, starting at 9.30am and finishing at 12.30pm. They are based in both hospital and community settings.

Stress Management Programme: each session lasts an hour and a half, attending once a week for four weeks in the cardiac rehabilitation department.

General information

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Team has held an 'Asian Education Day' with Punjabi speaking presenters. The team hopes to hold these sessions on a regular basis.

In November 2007 a patient focus group questionnaire was held to evaluate the services of Wolverhampton's cardiac rehabilitation. Questionnaires were given out to patients attending the cardiac rehabilitation classes asking about:
- Information given as an in-patient
- Follow-up phone calls
- HAD and Dartmouth questionnaires
- Education and exercise classes
We had a response rate of 66%. Overall patients thought our services were very good and didn't need changing.
- It was felt by some that the information given in hospital was too much to take in and would have appreciated a home visit instead.
- Most people received a follow-up phone call
- Education days had positive comments; one was to have more evening classes.
- Many patients didn't receive a HAD/Dartmouth questionnaire,
- Exercise classes were well received but a few comments were made about evening classes and having fewer patients in the groups.

From the comments the following changes have been made:
- An evening education class has been arranged for June to pilot the new time.
- The exercise class at Aldersley Leisure Village has been reduced to a smaller group but an evening class is already established.
- A vacancy post for clerical support has been advertised so that the HAD/Dartmouth questionnaires can be sent out on time.

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