Kettering General Hospital has been granted over £300,000 by NHS England to expand its cardiac rehabilitation services.
More than 300 additional cardiac patients are expected to benefit from the funding each year.
These are patients who have pacemakers - implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) or cardiac resynchronisation therapy implants - that ensure their heart rhythms are stabilised.
At the moment some 1,100 patients each year receive cardiac rehabilitation from Kettering General Hospital's six-strong rehabilitation team after having had a heart attack. This currently includes one-to-one advice with specialist staff, risk assessment and rehabilitation exercise programmes at the hospital, and at Waendel Leisure Centre in Wellingborough.
The new money will enable the Trust to:
- Strengthen its existing team by adding four posts - two nurses, one exercise physiologist and one administrator.
- Provide additional patient information including heart manuals and DVDs for patients to use at home.
- Pay rent for additional community rehabilitation sessions at Waendel Leisure Centre in Wellingborough, The Wesleyan Church Hall, Rushden, and Lodge Park Leisure Centre, Corby.
It is also hoped that the expansion of the cardiac rehabilitation service will increase the uptake and completion of cardiac rehabilitation.
The programme will be developed in phases starting with the launch of the home programme (using Heart Manuals and DVDs to support education in the home) immediately and with further community exercise sessions in Corby starting in November with other ICD patients being invited for rehabilitation in the New Year.