Cardiac Rehabilitation Service

Helping cardiac patients return to good health and enjoy an improved quality of life.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information about our service

This service may be running differently, for example, offering virtual appointments.

Please see your appointment letter for details or contact the service. 

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Contact us

Admin Team
St Augustine’s Business Centre
0300 123 1709
kcht.communitycardiacrehab@nhs.net

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Who we are

We are a multi-disciplinary, award-winning team of nurses, physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, counsellors, cardiac rehab assistants, administrators and volunteers who work with a wide range of cardiac patients across east Kent. Our aim is to help people return to good health and make lifestyle changes that maintain or improve their quality of life. We see patients in their own homes, outpatient clinics in health centres and GP practices and in community venues.

What we do

We promote secondary prevention through lifestyle changes and offer physical, social and psychological rehabilitation through a range of options. We offer an eight-week exercise programme for anyone who has suffered from a heart attack, angioplasty, bypass surgery, a heart transplant or one of a number of other conditions. We also provide a comprehensive education programme, stress management and referral to other health care professionals.

How do you use this service?

You need to be referred by a GP, healthcare professional or hospital.

Watch Simon’s cardiac rehab story

Your comments

June 2020
Herne Bay

I felt the assessment and advice I have been given post surgery has been fantastic. I was given clear explanations and advice. I have been provided with the website links, which are very good. Everything that has been covered has been done very well given the circumstances of corona virus. (Physiotherapy)

June 2020
Deal

Benefited from the reassurance given by staff. Felt supported knowing that i would have a regular phone call for advice. (Nursing)

June 2020
Thanet

I am very greatful for the time the team have taken to call me on a regular basis. It is a shame we are unable to attend the rehab classes but I understand the reasons. Thank you to everyone. (Exercise Physiology)

March 2020
Canterbury

Honest, appointment was carried out in a professional way. Friendly helpful approach. They answered all my questions. (Nursing)

March 2020
Folkestone

The discussion was through and informative. (Nursing)

March 2020
Ashford

It was good to speak to someone else about your concerns. They can give a different perspective. I just received a confirmation I needed to manage certain aspects better. (Counselling)

March 2020
Canterbury

Very positive experience. Impressive care and intelligent communication throughout. I'm so happy to recommend the Canterbury Cardiac Rehabilitation Service. (Physiotherapy)

February 2020
Cardiac Physiotherapy - Folkestone

I was contacted within 24 hours personally by (staff name) my physio who came to visit me. Very professional gentleman, nothing was too much trouble and he spent over an hour with me. It was an extremely informative meeting, very helpful. As I had had a double trauma, major heart surgery and later on a broken hip (staff name) went through help and exercises for both operations.

February 2020
Cardiac Physiotherapy - Deal

Very good information - cleared up grey areas of lack of knowledge.

February 2020
Exercise Physiology - Ashford

Welcoming, effeicient, approachable. Experienced and kind staff answer concerns and monitor diligently. Good cooperation with cardiac nurse. Good humoured, stress free way and establish an exercise routine to rebuild confidence. Thanks to all.

February 2020
Exercise Physiology - Folkestone

Very supportive and encouraging. Very good explanation of what the course is about and very friendly.

February 2020
Cardiac Physiotherapy - Ashford

The physiotherapist was very well informed, able to answer my questions and was reassuring

February 2020
Exercise Physiology - Herne Bay

Everyone was so helpful, kind and empathic to your problems. They keep an eye on you and if you struggle they're there to help.

February 2020
Exercise Physiology - Ashford

I was very impressed with the level of enthusiasm all the staff displayed.

February 2020
Exercise Physiology - Thanet

I find all the staff involved in this scheme were very professional, very helpful, and also they had time to advise and assist in everyway.

January 2020
Thanet

During the appointment a good discussion happened which provide opportunity to talk to about your concerns regarding physical activity after a major event.

January 2020
Ashford

Overall a very impressive service delivered by friendly and knowledgeable staff at all locations. Although I hardly attended the exercise session, the rest of the programme; talks, advice etc was very informative.

January 2020
Thanet

From day one the staff involved in mum's care were amazing. They went above and beyond, always friendly and welcoming and very sensitive to mum's needs. We highly recommend this service. The exercise sessions have made a big difference to mum's physical and mental well-being and the staff couldn't be nicer.

January 2020
Cardiac Nursing - Canterbury

Everything spoken about puts you at rest and you start to learn how to look after your self better.

January 2020
Cardiac Nursing - Thanet

Everything was explained so I could understand. I believe it would benefit anyone in my situation.

January 2020
Exercise Physiology - Thanet

Had a good team to put us right - made exercises enjoyable. Always ready to answer questions.

December 2019
Exercise Physiology - Canterbury

Well run, well looked after, music not bad. Made to feel like one person event in a group.

December 2019
Cardiac Physiotherapy, Deal

The lady was very kind, very friendly and understanding. Explaining everything we had done . She made doctors appointment for me which I may not have achieved on my own.

December 2019
Cardiac Nursing, Deal

Since my wife took me to QEQM on 29th September 2019 with chest pains I have had the most excellent care. I had had an MI and I was taken to William Harvey Hospital and had a stent fitted by 6.00 that very night. Since returning home a few days later, a whole host of excellent, knowledgeable people have helped me and "taken on my care". The care has been 1st class! A great feeling of having so many good people watching over you! My special thanks to (staff name) at Deal Hospital and(staff names) at the exercise classes. Excellent and friendly, light-hearted talks as well. Well done the whole team.

December 2019
Exercise Physiology, Deal

Reinforces mindset and awareness.

July 2019
Ashford

I am not sure how things would have turned out without attending this service, it has been life changing and given me expert advice, support to gain confidence and skills to help myself. (Exercise Physiology)

July 2019
Ashford

Informative, reassuring, beneficial exercise in well controlled environment, friendly faces. Allows me to chat with like minded/experienced folk

July 2019
Folkestone

I am in a much better place today as a result of these sessions. (Cardiac Counselling)

July 2019
Ashford

The counselling has really helped me move forward with trying to get back to normal. (Cardiac Counselling)

July 2019
Deal

The exercise is good for you, to get you back on your feet. The staff are excellent and help you do this. (Exercise Physiology)

July 2019
Folkestone

An informative friendly and life saving experiencece with valuable knowledge for the future. (Cardiac Nursing)

July 2019
Thanet

Since my recent cardiac events my mind has had many negative thoughts, this talk helps me to think more positively.

July 2019
Canterbury

We had well over an hour with the nurse and she answered all our questions while I made notes. Very professional and we felt confident that she could advise us effectively.

July 2019
Canterbury

I have had a wonderful experience with the staff and help given both useful and enjoyable. (Exercise Physiology)

July 2019
Canterbury

Very efficient, I feel that there was a great deal of support on offer. (Cardiac Nursing)

July 2019
Canterbury

We were impressed with the cardiac service. Ee were told that we would be contacted within 2 weeks of my discharge and we were. Appointment made and seen within a few days - impressive.

Jun-19
Canterbury

Friendly service with effective two way communication.

Jun-19
Ashford

Grateful for the opportunity to express my gratitude for all the support I received from the rehab staff and the back up I felt in need of during an unfortunate time in my life.

Jun-19
Folkestone

Very professional, clear advice and information in a friendly atmosphere.

Jun-19
Thanet

A little bit in love with you all! Fabulous service and fabulous people.

Jun-19
Deal

The cardiac rehabilitation staff were attentive, kind and very caring, boosting my self esteem and encouraging me towards a healthier, active lifestyle.

Jun-19
Thanet

Would encourage everyone to come if they need care and treatment. Staff are so caring and professional, they give so much confidence and are very hard working. You are treated with dignity and respect

Jun-19
Folkestone

This is a very important service to have. I found it very helpful with the understanding staff who put me at ease.

February 2019
Folkestone

Extremely happy with the treatment and the nurse who's dealing with my care. (Nursing)

February 2019
Folkestone

You can do as much or as little as you can. The people are helpful, and cheerful and always encouraging. (Exercise Physiology)

February 2019
Thanet

Time was given to fully explaining all subjects of my heart attack and I was given every chance to ask questions. (Nursing)

February 2019
Folkestone

Seeing someone one to one was really nice and made me feel relaxed and at ease to talk about everything. (Physiotherapy)

February 2019
Deal

I was made to feel very welcome and the exercises were tailored to each individuals needs. The benefits have been great. (Exercise Physiology)

February 2019
Canterbury

The care I received was exceptional being able to talk and express myself and get answers on how to cope was great for me. (Counselling)

February 2019
Ashford

We were seen on time, after the session I left confident to attend first appointment. I know what to expect after a demonstration of the exercises. We were put at ease. (Physiotherapy)

January 2019
Herne Bay

The care provided was thorough and everything was carefully explained. The staff were friendly, courteous and helpful. I have definitely benefited, both physically and mentally from the physiotherapy.

January 2019
Thanet

I have found the service to be very helpful and all the staff very pleasant and professional.

January 2019
Thanet

Timely appointment. Answered all questions and provided further information.

January 2019
Folkestone

Staff are caring and accessible. Group discussion sessions are very helpful.

January 2019
Canterbury

My counselling sessions have been a great help to me for my confidence.

January 2019
Ashford

Ever helpful and explained everything to me in easy to understand terminology.

January 2019
Folkestone

The service was well organized with a good balance between talks and active sessions. The staff were professional, caring and accessible. The group discussions were very helpful.

June 2018
Dover

Course gets you going again. Fell better now - will continue with active for life. This was exercise in a safe environment. Friendly, very encouraging staff. Good to get out and meet new people. Easy to ask questions. Talks very useful. (Rehab)

June 2018
Thanet

The service is an absolute godsend. I have been very lucky to have been able to have this service available. (Rehab)

June 2018
Shepway

All of the staff and volunteers have been an essential part of my recovery, from practical advice, support, motivation, personal input and kindness. I cannot imagine my recovery being so complete without them. (Rehab)

May 2018
Shepway

The service is run by staff who are highly professional in their approach. They are knowledgeable, but never patronising always willing to offer help and support, delightfully relaxed and most importantly use humour, which creates a wonderfully positive attitude. (Rehab)

May 2018
Ashford

Absolutely invaluable. (Nursing)

May 2018
Dover

Lovely atmosphere, kind staff who imparted loads of knowledge and gave reality checks in nice way. (Rehab)

May 2018
Canterbury

A very worthwhile service staffed by true professionals. My thanks. (Counselling)

April 2018
Shepway

This has given me the opportunity to face my fears and problems. It has helped me through very difficult times. (Counselling)

April 2018
Shepway

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Team I worked with at Hawkinge Community Centre are not only very friendly and welcoming but also extremely supportive in all aspects of the programme. I can not praise the team highly enough they have inspired myself and undoubtedly others to maintain a future improved fitness level. (Rehab)

April 2018
Canterbury

Everything that was done for me was spot on, I could not have asked for anymore help, everyone was fantastic from start to finish. (Nursing)

April 2018
Thanet

I've really enjoyed chatting with my counsellor. I'm feeling more confident and in the picture. (Counselling)

April 2018
Ashford

It is a wonderful opportunity to share with other people who have similar health problems, concerns and worries. Also the staff are extremely kind and understanding and it is a wonderful opportunity to learn how to keep fit in a very happy atmosphere. (Rehab)

March 2018
Canterbury

This service was 5 star, could not ask for any better at a time when I most needed help. (Rehab)

March 2018
Thanet

Very attentive staff who took the trouble to get to know you and treat you like an individual. (Rehab)

March 2018
Dover

It is a well run service to motivate the class on their fitness and walking also interesting talks on all topics. A very professionally run course, with very knowledgeable motivational staff. (Rehab)

January 2018
Dover

An excellent team of professionals, extremely kind and caring with enormous enthusiasm for us to return to and remain in good health.

January 2018
Shepway

This is a very useful service run by a very professional, experienced and friendly team.

January 2018
Canterbury

Excellent support and encouragement, confidence-building as exercises got harder. Always really reassuring if concerned about anything.

January 2018
Ashford

I have found the whole experience extremely positive and helpful. The team are both helpful and efficient - which is difficult balance to achieve. The constant monitoring of heart rate etc is very comforting.

January 2018
Thanet

All needs are met with friendly, professional and encouraging enthusiasm to enable full recovery.

February 2018
Ashford

A very comprehensive quality service, clearly provided by enthusiastic professionals! An excellent team that clearly motivates their clients/patients.

February 2018
Canterbury

I found the rehab extremely beneficial and worth while. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

February 2018
Dover

Excellent appointment, step by step guide throughout, any questions raised answered and reassured.

February 2018
Shepway

Very helpful counselling, made a world of difference. (Counselling)

February 2018
Thanet

The advice, support and information given to me by everyone involved has been invaluable. Help given was tailored to my needs and all my questions were answered. They provide an excellent service. Thank you all.