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.
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.
- the completed questionnaire we sent you before your appointment
- a list of medicines you take
- comfortable footwear
Following your assessment, we'll give you dates to start your 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.
- 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.