Cardiovascular rehabilitation

Your appointment

Your appointment may be:

How to get an appointment

You can ask your GP or other health professional to refer you.

Changing or cancelling your appointment

Phone: 020 7188 0946

If you don't come to your appointment without telling us, we'll try and contact you. If we can't contact you, you'll be discharged back to the person who referred you.

Before your appointment

We'll send you a text to let you know when and where you need to go for face-to-face appointments.

We'll arrange a date and time with you if you're having a telephone or video appointment.

Assessment clinic

Before you start the programme, you'll be seen at our assessment clinic.

You'll meet members of our team, including:

  • a nurse
  • a physiotherapist
  • an occupational therapist

We'll assess your health and identify any ongoing problems. We may ask you to do a short fitness test. This allows us to check your fitness and ability to exercise, and prescribe the most suitable level of exercise for you.

Please bring:

  • the completed questionnaire we sent you before your appointment
  • a list of medicines you take
  • water
  • comfortable footwear

Following your assessment, we'll give you dates to start your rehabilitation programme.

Rehabilitation programme

The programme lasts for 8 weeks. The face-to-face programme is held at St Thomas' Hospital on either a Tuesday or Thursday morning from 10am to midday. We also offer remote or virtual programmes. 

At your assessment, we'll discuss the best choice of programme with you.

Exercise classes

Please bring:

  • water
  • clothes you feel comfortable exercising in and trainers or shoes with flat soles
  • glyceryl trinitrate (GTN) spray and inhalers if you use these

Please be advised there are no changing or showering facilities.

The exercise sessions are group classes. These are based on individual assessment, and you'll use either a treadmill or exercise bike. Sessions last for 1 hour and include a warm-up, cool-down, and strengthening exercises.

For your first session, please arrive 30 minutes before the class starts. This is so we can introduce you to the exercises.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, exercise is followed by an education and/or relaxation session. This gives you an opportunity to try different relaxation techniques, and gain more knowledge of your condition.

After the programme

When you have finished the programme, we'll send a discharge letter to you and your GP.

We'll follow up with you after 12 months to find out how you're doing. If you need further support, we can give advice and refer you to other services.

Contact us

For more information, please contact us.

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Do you have any comments or concerns about your care?

Contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

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