British Heart Foundation

Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust


Royal Sussex County Hospital, Eastern Road,
Brighton Sussex BN2 5BE

About the Programme

Cardiac rehabilitation is a programme of exercise and education sessions to help you get back on your feet following a heart attack, heart surgery or a procedure such as angioplasty and stent.
The sessions at the Royal Sussex County Hospital will give you and your family the information, support and advice you need to get back to everyday life as efficiently and successfully as possible. They will help you understand your condition, recover from your cardiac event or surgery, make changes to your lifestyle that will reduce the risk of you having a further event improve your heart health and restore your confidence.
Our programme is available to anyone who has had a:
Heart attack, Heart surgery, coronary angioplasty and stent, angina, or heart failure and to those who have had an ICD fitted.
The cardiac rehab programme at the Royal Sussex County hospital commences as soon as you go to hospital for heart surgery or treatment or after you have had a heart attack. You will be visited by a member of the CR nursing team on the ward; they will carry out an individual assessment focussing on your individual risk factors for coronary heart disease, you will be given an explanation about your event, treatments, your heart condition and your recovery. This will be backed up by written information in the form of a booklet.
Following discharge from hospital you will be contacted by a member of the CR team, they will offer you the opportunity to ask further questions, clarify anything you didnít understand, check if you have experienced further symptoms and offer advice and guidance and support as necessary. You will be invited to join the programme and the physiotherapist will write to you inviting you to ring for an exercise assessment prior to starting the programme.


T: 01273 696955 Ext: 4009 Bleep: 8435

Contact 2

T: 01273 696955 Ext: 4009 Bleep: 8435

Email For Referrals

What to expect
when you come

Prior to commencing the programme all patients are invited to attend for an exercise assessment which includes a six minute walk test. You will be given written information about the programme and also a full explanation of what to expect when you commence the programme. Following the walk test you will be given a minimum and maximum target heart rate. This will be displayed on your name badge and used to monitor you throughout the programme together with the BORG scale which is a rate of perceived exertion.
When you commence the programme you will meet members of the CR team. The nursing team will carry out an individual assessment of your heart rate, blood pressure and they will ask if you have any changes to report prior to commencement of each exercise session. It is important to let us know if you have had any chest pain breathlessness or changes to your medication in between the exercise sessions.

How long does it take

The classes are run twice weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You will either come to the hospital programme or our community programme. The sessions are two hourly sessions and they include an exercise class and a health education talk .The cardiac rehabilitation team at the Royal Sussex County Hospital which consists of nurses and physiotherapists work closely with the cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, ward staff and all members of the multi-disciplinary teams including the dieticians, pharmacists, smoke cessation services, the psychologist, psychological practitioners, arrhythmia and heart failure nurse specialists. The education talks are given by nurses, pharmacists, dieticians, physiotherapists and psychological practitioners.

General information

The cardiac rehabilitation team have close links with the local Heart Support group and they come and talk to you about what on offer following completion of the hospital programme in terms of support and exercise. Patients are given written information about all the local phase 4 exercise programmes on offer including times and venues and you can choose which one is most suitable for you to ensure ongoing exercise. All the exercise instructors have completed the BACPR course.
Since the Royal Sussex County Hospital is a tertiary Centre for heart surgery and complex interventional procedures the cardiac rehabilitation team see a lot of patients outside the area and we have very close links with all the cardiac rehabilitation teams locally. Patients are referred back by the cardiac rehabilitation nursing team to their local hospitals for ongoing cardiac rehabilitation.

Information for healthcare staff | Back | Home