Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitation is a free service offered to anyone who has had a recent heart attack, bypass surgery or stent. It is designed to give you all the support you need from discharge to long term recovery. Patients are referred to the service at the time of hospital discharge. In some circumstances, GP referral is accepted if an acute event has happened outside of the Plymouth area.

How can Cardiac Rehabilitation help me?

Cardiac Rehabilitation can help you and your family to:

  • Reduce your risk of further heart events
  • Return to a normal lifestyle as quickly as possible
  • Understand your condition and control any symptoms you may have
  • Get your confidence back
  • Improve your quality of life through making changes to your lifestyle

Once discharged from hospital you will be contacted by phone by one of our team who will discuss the options available to you. This could be:

  • Regular phone contact
  • Clinic appointment
  • Home visit

During your first contact the Cardiac Nurse will assess your personal needs and give you more information on issues that are relevant to you, such as:

  • Medications
  • Walking programme / future exercises / hobbies
  • Stress / relaxation
  • Return to work / activities of daily living / driving
  • Healthy eating
  • Giving up smoking
  • Goals for the future

Exercise and education programme

If you wish to, and are assessed as being suitable, you can be referred to a supervised exercise programme. This is run by the Community Cardiac Rehabilitation team with a specialist Exercise Instructor and a Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse. This six week course (one morning a week) gives you the opportunity to:

  • Learn about other aspects of your recovery during the education sessions
  • Meet other people who have been through the same cardiac event or procedure

Many people find that it can help relieve anxiety, improve your confidence and help you to return to your usual activities. It can be fun too!

We run the exercise sessions at two venues in Plymouth, one at Princetown, and one at Kingsbridge. These are:

  • The YMCA Sports Centre in Honicknowle
  • The Brickfields Sports Centre in Devonport
  • The Community Centre in Princetown
  • The Quayside Leisure Centre in Kingsbridge

You may choose which venue you wish to attend.

Long term recovery

Once you have left the care of the Community Rehabilitation team it is very important that you maintain the positive lifestyle changes that you have made. There is still a lot that you can do to protect your heart in the future and we will discuss the various options available to you.


Service Lead: Kirsty Settle

Tel: (01752) 431812

8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday


"I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank a member of staff, part of the COPD Team for all of their help advice and attention whilst l was feeling so very unwell. I was becoming very distressed which was aggravating my breathing problems. After being taken to Derriford A and E, they arranged a home visit from this member of staff, they sorted out all my medication for COPD explained fully how and when the medication should be used. And talked me through my anxieties. After just a few days my condition improved. To this team of wonderful nurses please pass on my sincere thanks for their invaluable services."