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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Cardiothoracic Services

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Cardiac Rehabilitation

The aim of Cardiac Rehabilitation is to provide evidence-based, patient-centred care to optimise health and wellbeing.

Cardiac Rehabilitation at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) is based over two sites:

A team of Specialist Nurse Practitioners and Exercise Physiologists works closely with other healthcare professionals.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation programme comprises:

  • an individual assessment of cardiac risk factors
  • the opportunity to set personalised goals
  • an eight-week supervised exercise programme
  • information sessions.

Referral to Cardiac Rehabilitation

We see patients who live in Oxfordshire, who have had:

  • heart attack
  • bypass surgery
  • angioplasty (self-referral)
  • heart failure.

If you have had a heart attack or bypass surgery, you will either see the Cardiac Rehabilitation team in hospital or we will contact you at home after discharge.

Patients who have had an angioplasty or PCI, but not had a heart attack, can self-refer by contacting the department.

In hospital

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse will discuss your diagnosis and offer advice on activities, driving and exercise after you leave hospital. They will also talk about any lifestyle changes you should consider to reduce the risk of further complications.

Patients are given our Cardiac Rehabilitation patient information booklet:

Cardiac Rehabilitation with planner - Information Booklet and Personal Plan (pdf)

At home

If we contact you at home, we will invite you to a clinic appointment to discuss your ongoing recovery.

Clinic appointment

At the Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinic you will meet a Specialist Nurse Practitioner and an Exercise Physiologist.

You will have an opportunity discuss:

  • your diagnosis and condition
  • any procedures you may have had
  • risk factors
  • medications
  • relevant lifestyle changes
  • goals you can set, to aid recovery and reduce complications.

We will give you details of our supervised exercise programme.

If appropriate, we can also refer patients to Talking Space Plus for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Exercise programme

Supervised exercise sessions are individually tailored to our patients and take place at four sites:

  • Horton General Hospital, Banbury
  • Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre, Oxford
  • White Horse Leisure Centre, Abingdon
  • Windrush Leisure Centre, Witney

Sessions take place once a week for up to eight weeks.



John Radcliffe Hospital

Information sessions are open to patients, family and friends: dates are available from any member of the Cardiac Rehabilitation team.

Topics covered

  • Understanding heart disease and risk factors
  • Eating for a healthy heart
  • Food labelling
  • Medications (Pharmacist)
  • Thoughts and feelings
  • Relaxation

Horton General Hospital

Information sessions take place weekly alongside the exercise session. There is a rolling programme of different topics.

Topics covered

  • Understanding heart disease and treatments
  • Managing stress and relaxation
  • Exercise and weight management
  • Medicines
  • Risk factors
  • Cholesterol
  • Thoughts and feelings
  • Healthy eating

Heart Failure Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme

Patients seated in a circle on chairs in a gym, each raising an armPatients can be referred to the Cardiac Rehabilitation team by their Community Heart Failure Nurse, GP or Consultant. When we receive a referral, we contact the patient to arrange an initial appointment. Following an assessment, we book the patient on to an appropriate supervised exercise programme.

Contact us

John Radcliffe Hospital

Kate Blayney, Cardiac Rehabilitation Manager

Kate Blayney


Tel: 01865 220251

Horton General Hospital

Cath Fitzgerald, Cardiac Rehabilitation Manager


Tel: 01295 229426