Cardiac rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitation at Southend Hospital is delivered by a multi-disciplinary team who provide support for patients and their families throughout their experience of heart disease. Cardiac rehabilitation is recognised as an integral part of your treatment.

What is Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Cardiac rehabilitation encompasses psychological support, education and informaiotn, smoking cessation, physical activity, healthy eating and medication in order to help you

  • Improve your health
  • Prevent further problems related to your heart health
  • Reduce your symptoms to improve your quality of life 

Cardiac Rehabilitation objectives

  • To provide a high quality, efficient, evidence based cardiac rehabilitation service, in accordance with BACPR standards, for those people who have experienced a Trop +ve ACS/revascularisation cardiac admission
  • To provide a patient centred cardiac rehabilitation service which meets the individual needs of patients, delivered in a professional and compassionate manner
  • To ensure that patients and carers have appropriate information allowing them to manage their own care more effectively
  • To provide seamless co-ordinated care through close collaboration with our cardiology colleagues and partner agencies
  • To ensure the service is readily accessible among diverse patient groups
  • To undertake regular audit, patient feedback and evaluation to ensure the service meets the above objectives and respond accordingly. 


Any patient from the Southend, Castle Point and Rochford area who has had a recent cardiac event may access our service following

  • A heart attack
  • Angioplasty and/or insertion of stent
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery 

Referrals should be made using the following details:

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Team, 2nd Floor Tower Block, Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Prittlewell Chase, Westcliff on Sea, SS0 0RY

Tel 01702 385028

FAX 01702 385814


Cardiac Rehabilitation Programmes

The programmes focus on the long-term nature and management of coronary heart disease, helping you to come to terms with it and facilitate any recommended changes to your lifestyle.

The exercise programmes last 6-8 weeks and are held on a Monday and/or Wednesday.

We also offer a telephone programme for those who do not wish to or are unable to attend the hospital programme.

The programme covers

  • Exercise - physical activity is important in preventing further heart problems. We aim to help you regain confidence in being active and think about how you can continue to exercise after the programme has finished.
  • Stress management and relaxation - helping you to emotionally adjust to your health condition, deal with stress and techniques to relax.
  • Information sessions/written information - covering cardiovascular disease, risk factors and treatments, healthy eating and alcohol, physical activity and medication.
  • Support - allowing you to have access to the cardiac rehab team, ask questions and receive support if required.
  • A report on your progress is sent to your GP on completion of the programme.
  • Family or friends are welcome to observe. 

"If there were a pill that cost very little, reduced deaths by 26 per cent, improved quality of life, and reduced anxiety and depression, every cardiac patient in Europe would be expected to take it. There is no such pill, but taking part in a cardiac rehabilitation programme can provide all these benefits"

Professor Bob Lewin (BACR) 2005 (Updated to 26 - 36%, Cochrane, 2011)

Take Heart Cardiac Support Group

Many people who have a heart problem need help and support during and after their recovery. Joining the support group can help you feel less alone when dealing with these issues. It is free to join and a cardiac rehabilitation nurse is usually in attendance at each meeting.

They offer support, companionship, and social events. Family and friends are also welcome.

Take Heart meet on the second Thursday of the month at 8pm

EASTWOOD COMMUNITY CENTRE, Western Approaches Eastwood, SS2 6SH

Telephone 01702 309042

A cardiac rehabilitation nurse is usually in attendance at each meeting.


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