British Heart Foundation

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, Royal Victoria Hospital BACPR Certified


Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, Royal Victoria Hospital

Address:

Level 5, New Building, Royal Victoria Hospital, Grosvenor Road,
Belfast BT12 6BA


About the Programme

Welcome to ‘Cardiac Rehabilitation Belfast Trust’

Taking part in cardiac rehabilitation is an investment in your health and offers you follow-up service and support following a cardiac event. It provides you and your family with the knowledge and skills to improve your heart health.

Working with you and your family we aim to:

• Help you learn more about your condition and treatment
• Encourage you to lead an active and healthy lifestyle
• Help you regain or improve your confidence
• Offer advice on cardiac risk factors



Contact

Juanita Cunningham T: 028 9063 4826 E: juanita.cunningham@belfasttrust.hscni.net

Email For Referrals

cardiac.rehab@belfasttrust.hscni.net

What to expect
when you come

Our service is delivered by a team made up of professionals from different areas of medicine across a variety of locations (City hospital, Mater hospital and Royal Victoria Hospital).

We will look at the following issues with you and your family.

• Heart disease, treatments and risks
• Information on medications
• Advice on physical activity
• Advice on coping with stress and worry
• Practical issues such as driving, work, holidays, insurance etc.

We will give you the opportunity to ask questions and talk about any worries you or your family might have.

Part of this service can involve an outpatient programme which may include exercise/education sessions.

Before you start the programme, we will assess your health and abilities so we can work out a safe level of exercise for you.

We hope that having completed rehabilitation, you and your family both feel happier, healthier and more confident.

Past patients have said:

‘It really motivated me’ ‘It has given me the confidence that I really needed’.

Our cardiac rehabilitation programme is menu driven which allows patients to make choices. You may have friends or relatives whose cardiac rehabilitation is different from yours. Your cardiac rehabilitation team will tailor a programme for you based on your specific health situation and goals. Therefore the number of sessions that you undertake can vary depending on your need.

How long does it take

Our cardiac rehabilitation programme is menu driven which allows patients to make choices. You may have friends or relatives whose cardiac rehabilitation is different from yours. Your cardiac rehabilitation team will tailor a programme for you based on your specific health situation and goals. Therefore the number of sessions that you undertake can vary depending on your need.

General information

The cardiac rehab team offer the following:

- Home visits for identified patients
- Cardiac health classes, health talks, hospital based exercise classes and relaxation session
- Referrals to clinical psychologist
- Pre Surgery support and advice programme
- One to one review appointments where patient is assessed, medications reviewed and cardiac risk factors discussed.


The cardiac support group ‘Hearts Content’ takes place every:

Monday 18.30-19-30 pm

Thursday 10.30am-11.30 am

Thursday 18.30-19.30 pm

The support group takes place in Bostok Hall at the Royal Victoria Site.

You do not need to pre book just turn up.


‘HeartStart’ emergency life support training is provided free of charge.
You will be taught how to manage the following emergencies:

Dealing with a person having a suspected heart attack

Dealing with an adult or child who is choking

Dealing with a person who has serious bleeding

Dealing with a person who is unconscious

Dealing with a person who has no signs of life.



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