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Kettering General Hospital granted over £300,000 to expand cardiac rehabilitation services

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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.

"This is a major expansion to KGH's cardiac rehabilitation service and it will have many benefits for patients.

"We are expanding rehabilitation care to patients with ICD or CRT pacemakers - these are high tech devices that help to keep the heart beating at the right rhythm.

"This will bring some very significant benefits for the individual patients who often are feeling very anxious and frightened by their condition, and they can become depressed. "Cardiac rehabilitation helps to restore their confidence and helps to improve their quality of life by enabling them to be active and enjoy exercising."

– Chika Obiechefu, KGH's Cardiac Rehab Clinical Lead

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.