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The Cardiac Rehabilitation Service is based at Rotherham Community Health Centre.

Contact us between 9am-5pm Monday to Friday

Telephone: 01709 423257 (please leave a message if there is no answer) 


If you feel it is urgent or you are experiencing chest pain seek urgent medical advice or call 999. 

What We Do 

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Service provides care for patients after heart surgery. This may be due to a heart attack (MI - Myocardial Infarction), stent insertion (PCI - Percutaneous Coronary Intervention) or coronary artery bypass surgery.

We support your recovery and return to normal activities by teaching you how to manage your condition and make lasting behaviour changes to improve your health whilst living with coronary heart disease (CHD). We start giving you this help in hospital. 


After going home from hospital, you’ll receive a telephone call to discuss how you are feeling and what options are available to help you recover (cardiac rehabilitation). You will have an assessment with a member of the team by phone or video and then a combination of support through regular phone, video, clinic, home visits, education sessions and / or exercise group contacts (the level of contact may vary depending on current Covid-19 guidance).

These contacts provide education; how to identify risks , goal setting, how to cope with stress and anxiety, activity and diet advice, how to monitor your symptoms and managing your medication. This helps your recovery and supports you in managing your condition to improve your heart health. Due to the pandemic, most of our support is now delivered by phone or video consultation. On the first call, we will assess you or arrange to phone back at a more convenient time. This assessment is a chance to discuss your cardiac event, any symptoms you have, your use of GTN, medication, the understanding of your condition and any concerns since going home.  We will also look at risk factors that may have contributed to your cardiac event and if there are any health goals you would like to make as a result. We will ask about your mental health and stress levels as this can be a worrying time.

If you have a home blood pressure machine, we may ask you what your blood pressure is. You will be offered ongoing support depending on your assessment and agreed goals. You may be invited to virtual or face-to-face exercise sessions (unless you are waiting for tests or have symptoms). These groups are accessible from 6 weeks after a heart attack or bypass surgery and 2 weeks after a planned stent. You will have a six minute walk test with our physiotherapist before starting.

We also have pre-recorded education sessions and we will send you links for these;

  1. Cardiac Rehabilitation and Coronary heart disease
  2. Managing chest pain
  3. Eating for a healthy heart
  4. Medication for the heart
  5. Keeping active
  6. Managing stress and relaxation

Once you have achieved your goals, completed the group sessions and are back doing the things you enjoy, we will discharge you. Generally, your GP practice will see you in their heart clinic. 

Patient Information

If you have had a heart attack, these booklets are full of information for your first 4-6 weeks at home:

There is a wide range of information and videos available on the British Heart Foundation (BHF) website. Their booklets can be read online or downloaded and printed.

The BHF also have a cardiac rehabilitation home hub, which they have developed in response to COVID-19. To access this, please click here.

The hub also provides information on activity and exercise but until you have had your assessment, please wait until speaking to us to start new activities or exercise.

Unless you have had a cardiac rehabilitation exercise assessment, we encourage you to stick to the walking program discussed in hospital rather than follow the BHF exercise videos.

It can be helpful to keep a note of your goals and monitor your progress on our personal goal sheet. You may be sent one of these after your assessment.

Cardiac Rehabilitation - Personal Goal Sheet 

The BHF offer a free 8 week email support programme of cardiac rehabilitation at home for help on your road to recovery. The weekly email is packed with information including information on; eating and getting active to keep your heart healthy, the emotional ups and downs of having a heart condition, returning to work, driving, sex and relationships and tips and tricks on getting used to your medication.

Below are links to some booklets you may find helpful in your recovery;


Heart attack

Having heart surgery


Heart failure

Cardiac rehabilitation

Understanding cholesterol

Blood pressure

Eat better

Understanding your weight


Google "physical activity and your heart/ BHF" and there is a good PDF booklet

Understanding type 2 diabetes

Saturated Fat





Astra Zeneca provide alternative resources for heart attack patients specific to time since event. Directing you to this resource is for information purposes, Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust does not recommend or endorse any products or organisations with which Astra Zeneca are affiliated or produced by.  

Information for the early days after a heart attack

Information for patients 3-6 months after a heart attack

Information for patients 1 year after a heart attack

Mental Health and Wellbeing

​Adults in Rotherham can get access to quick and easy help and advice on a range of mental health and wellbeing issues online via Rotherhive. It provides a range of verified practical tips and advice as well as local, national and online services, organisations and groups that adults in Rotherham can access for expert advice to help look after their mental health and well-being. It has specific support for; alcohol, bereavement, domestic abuse, gambling, dementia, carers, deafness, drugs, homelessness, perinatal mental health and suicide prevention.

Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Trust offers Improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) services. Their highly skilled team of psychological wellbeing practitioners, cognitive behavioural therapists and counsellors now see over 2,000 people every month. You can refer yourself into this service by contacting them.

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