British Heart Foundation

Lewisham Hospital NHS Trust Cardiac Rehabilitation BACPR Certified


Cardiology Department, University Hospital Lewisham, Lewisham High Street,
London SE13 6LH

About the Programme

Two 7 week programmes either on a monday or friday 0900 -1400
Some patients post valve, who are straightforward with no CHD may be offered 5 weeks.

One programme for frail patients and/or multi comorbidity on Wednesdays for 8 weeks 0900-12.30

Programme includes individual assessment, exercise session, relaxation session and education.

It is run by Cardiac Nurse Specialists, a Cardiac Physiotherapist, and BACPR (British Association Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation) Exercise instructor. A dietician and Counselling Psychologist take an education session.


Pat Marley T: 020 3192 6514 F: 020 8333 3102 E:

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Vainda Moonsamy T: 020 3192 6514 F: 020 8333 3102 E:

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What to expect
when you come

Tea and coffee are available on arrival. We try and create a relaxed atmosphere. There are usually about 10 - 12 people in the group on the Monday Friday programme and 8-10 in the Wednesday one. The day starts with an individual assessment to include symptoms, current exercise levels, medication changes/side effects, general well being, work/family issues. Each week blood pressure and weight are measured and an individual exercise prescription made. We then go to the hospital gym where a qualified exercise instructor oversees the session. This is followed by approx 20 mins of relaxation techniques, before the Monday or Friday course patients have a snack (eg sandwich and a piece of fruit) The session ends with an education/discussion session covering one of the following topics: exercise, stress management, healthy eating, medications, symptoms, Explanation of heart treatments and risk factors. There is the option to sign up for an extra session on "what to do if you find someone collapsed". The Wednesday programme have their education session before the exercise part and the whole course is shorter as the exercise component is shorter.
At the end of the programme the patient is encouraged to join one of the many "Phase 4" exercise classes in the community.
Most people really enjoy the course and say that they will miss it.

How long does it take

Monday or Friday programme 0900 -1400 for 5 -7 weeks

Wednesday programme 0900 - 12.30pm for 8 weeks

General information

There are usually 10- 12 patients in the Monday/Friday programme and 8-10 in the Wednesday one.

Please wear comfortable layers that you can take off if it is hot. Please also wear sensible footwear so that your feet are well supported (eg no heels, flimsy slip ons)

Please bring a bottle of water with you

Monday/Friday patients need to bring a healthy snack to eat at lunch time, eg a sandwich and piece of fruit)

All Diabetics need to bring a snack which ever programme they are in

Asthmatic patients need to bring their inhalers

Please also remember your gtn spray if you have one.

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