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Cardiac Rehabilitation Office
Diabetes Centre
Dorset County Hospital
50 Bridport Road

Main Office Contact Number: 01305 255707

Fax Number: 01305 255115


Cardiac Rehabilitation is a comprehensive recovery service offered to patients and their partners following a:

Heart attack
Angioplasty +/- stent
Coronary Artery Bypass Grafts
Valve/TAVI surgery
Pacemaker or ICD insertions (if you also have one of the above criteria and your Arrhythmia Nurse or Consultant has assessed you as appropriate)

Stage 1 Contact
Following your clinical event or procedure, you will be contacted by telephone to discuss your recovery and any issues regarding your procedure, medication, symptoms and cardiac rehabilitation.

Stages 2 and 3 Cardiac Event Follow Up Clinic (CEFU)
Dorchester on a Friday morning at: Diabetes Centre, 50 Bridport Road, Dorchester DT1 2NQ

Weymouth on a Thursday morning at: Lower Ground Floor, Weymouth Community Hospital, Melcombe Avenue, Weymouth DT4 7TB

At this 40 minute clinic appointment your symptoms, cardiac risk factors, medication and treatment plan will all be reviewed and discussed in order to develop a holistic recovery plan.

Stage 4 Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme
There are two methods of delivering a Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme:

The leisure centre/community based Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme is delivered by a Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist Nurse and a qualified Cardiac Exercise Trained exercise trainer in 4 different venues. 

These are:

Monday 1.00 – 3.30 pm -  The Dance Studio, Blandford, DT11 7HE

Tuesday 10.30 – 1.00 pm The Rugby Pavilion, Bridport Leisure Centre, Bridport DT6 5LN

Wednesday 1.45 – 4.15 pm  Dorchester Rugby Club, Coburg Road, Dorchester, DT1 2HX

Monday 12.30 – 3.15 pm or Monday 2.00 – 4.45 Redlands Community Sports Hub, Dorchester Road, Redlands, Weymouth DT3 5AW

This programme will offer 7 weekly, 2¾ hour sessions containing an initial weekly assessment of symptoms, blood pressure and heart rate.  You will then be assisted to exercise optimally for an hour including a 15 minute warm-up and cool down.

Following the exercises, there is a health education session, covering a different topic each week.  The topics include:

The Heart – anatomy and procedures


Diet – delivered by a Dietitian

Risk Factors

Stress and Relaxation

Benefits of Exercise delivered by the exercise trainer

Basic Life support and treating ill health

The Home-Based Heart Manual is the alternative method of delivering a Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme. This is a self-guided educational information book and audio CD of relaxation tracks/exercises.  This tends to suit patients who are unable to get to a formal community based programme each week.  This may be due to a number of personal issues such as lack of mobility or transport, being a carer for a member of their family who cannot be left on their own, work commitments or preference not to be in a group.  The Heart Manual will be discussed at your Cardiac Event Follow Up clinic appointment and you will be facilitated onto the programme, by the nurse preparing the pack, explaining how to use it and establishing agreed targets and goals to reduce risk of a future cardiac event.

The nurse will then contact you with a telephone consultation at agreed time periods in order to support you through your recovery and assess whether targets need reviewing and new ones established. 

The Heart Manual is also occasionally given to patients for an established time period prior to commencing a community based Cardiac Rehabilitation programme.

Exercise Trainers
Our exercise trainers have specific Cardiac qualifications and are registered by a professional body accordingly.  They lead on the exercise component of the Stage 4 Cardiac Rehabilitation programme, provided by the NHS.  The exercise trainers also run numerous Stage 6 follow-on classes in the same venues as the Stage 4 rehabilitation classes but these are not attended by a Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist Nurse.  The private Stage 6 classes are offered for a small fee, payable per session attended.

General Information
If you have recently had a heart attack, angioplasty/stent, or cardiac surgery, in the UK or abroad, and have not been contacted by a member of our Cardiac Rehabilitation Service within a week of discharge from hospital please contact us for further information and advice on 01305 255707.

If you are awaiting surgery and have any questions about your procedure or post-operative recovery please contact our team on 01305 255707.

If you are unable to make any appointments or sessions which have been booked with us, please contact our team on 01305 255707 so that we can offer a new appointment to suit your needs.  This will ensure that our waiting times are minimised.