British Heart Foundation

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board East Cardiac Rehabilitation (Connahs Quay)

Address:

The Quay Health Centre, Fron Road,
Connahs Quay Flintshire CH5 4PJ


About the Programme

The cardiac rehabilitation service is for people in the Wrexham and Flintshire areas. The team run the programme in the local hospitals, community clinics and leisure venues across North East Wales.
You can contact the cardiac rehabilitation staff at two offices:
Wrexham office: 03000 858647
Flintshire office: 01244 834170
There are answer machines in both offices because staff members are often out on clinical duties. We encourage you to leave a message with your name and contact telephone number so we can call you back.

The service is to benefit people who have had a heart event such as: heart attack, coronary angioplasty and stent, heart bypass surgery, unstable angina, heart failure, new diagnosis of angina, heart valve surgery.

The service aims to assist you and your family to do all or some of the following:
Understand your heart event and the factors involved
Come to terms with your heart event
Recover from your event
Manage your long-term condition
Return to a useful and meaningful life
Be your own expert about your heart event or condition

The cardiac rehabilitation staff:

Administrators
Leanne Cawley
Jane Cluny

Nurses:
Jacqui Cliff (lead nurse)
Jessica Norman
Michelle Manning
Cerian Williams
Nina Moss
Lorraine Lockwood

Exercise professionals:
Claire Jones, Physiotherapist
Susanne Hilton, Exercise physiologist
Louise Rimell, Exercise physiologist
Joanna Hughes, Exercise physiologist

Occupational therapists:
Rachel Davies
Dawn Beales

Support workers:
Laura Cartwright

Dietitian:
Paul Greene

Pharmacist:
Tina Wilsher


Contact

T: 03000 858647

Contact 2

T: 03000 858647

Email For Referrals

cr.wrexham@nhs.net

What to expect
when you come

The service offers a number of things at various stages following your cardiac event and recovery.

Expect the following:
1. A telephone call within a couple of days of arriving back home. If you do not receive a call, please contact us on 03000 858647
2. Opportunity to meet with a nurse, physiotherapist, exercise physiologist or occupational therapist to assess your needs.
3. Opportunity to work with the health professionals to meet your needs through information-giving, counselling, motivation to return to health and a lifestyle that is appropriate. This can take place through clinic appointments, telephone calls or in the environment where supervised exercise takes place.
4. Access to supervised exercise to increase confidence, strength and stamina and help reduce your risk of a further heart event.
5. Structured education sessions to help you understand your condition and how to manage it. You will be able to attend sessions about your medications, eating to benefit your heart, understanding food labels, how to be safely active, techniques for exercising, pacing yourself, and how to manage stress.
6. An environment that offers you the opportunity to meet with others with heart issues, if you wish.
7. An environment where you can confidently discuss your heart concerns or ask your questions; where you can receive a listening ear and an honest answer in a sensitive manner.

How long does it take

The supervised exercise programme and structured education sessions run over a period of up to 4 to 12 weeks, depending upon your condition and need.

Throughout your time with the cardiac rehabilitation service you are encouraged to become your own expert. You will find that there will come a point when support from the cardiac rehabilitation service is no longer required. At this stage we will refer you back to your GP and practice nurse for follow-up. You may wish to be referred for further supervised exercise sessions in your community.

General information

The cardiac rehabilitation service works closely with the cardiologists, the arrhythmia nurses, the heart failure service and other cardiac services at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. The service links in with the Countess of Chester Hospital, Glan Clwyd Hospital, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital or other hospitals where you may have received care. We also communicate and link with your GP and practice nurse. All of this is to help provide the best service we can to help you in the various stages following your cardiac event and recovery.



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