- Cardiac Rehabilitation
it's 10th Year.
- Report by Nicky Williams
Photograph by Sandy Cribb.
PATIENTS who have suffered
heart attacks and need rehabilitating have received professional
care for the last 10 years at Southport and Formby District General
Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre.
So on Monday, March 31, the patients celebrated the 10th anniversary
of this fantastic service with Sister Isobel Williamson and Sister
Clare Taylor, alongside consultant cardiologist Dr Jonathan Fox, who
were all appointed a decade ago when the service was first launched.
Back in April 1993 the two nurses were appointed to set-up and
provide care to patients who had suffered heart attacks and needed
after-care to help them cope with everyday life, as well as to
support patients with angina problems, provide care for patients
before and after cardiac bypass surgery, angioplasty and heart
Since the launch 10 years ago the service has grown from strength to
strength and the number of patients treated has expanded from six to
more than 40 per month, which is a success story in itself. In fact,
3750 patients have benefited from their expertise and care since the
What the centre provides extends beyond the six-week exercise
programme, information, advice, support and literature; it is a
place where patients can drop in for a friendly chat or a social
One person who knows is Joyce Goatman.
The 69-year-old Southport resident suffered a heart attack nine
years ago and was referred to the centre for rehabilitation.
She said: “I really could not have managed without them. The
nurses were there from day one and supported me through the good
times and the bad times. I couldn’t have coped without them.
“When Dr Fox referred me to the centre the nurses went above and
beyond their call of duty. They are a hard-working, dedicated team
and offer a wonderful service. Sister Isobel and Sister Clare have
become like friends to me.”
Joyce, who needed angioplasty, went on a rehabilitation course,
which helped her ease back into gentle exercise. Throughout the nine
years she has attended the centre she has lived life to the full.
She is one of the many patients who the nurses have helped back onto
the road to recovery after a heart attack.
Sister Williamson explained: “The patients feel better and are
grateful for the service we provide. They can make life-long changes
as a result of attending the centre, such as more exercise or stop
smoking. But the biggest benefit is that they gain confidence. Some
of them even see it as a social outing.”
The two nurses and the rest of the team at the centre take pride in
watching the progress of their patients.
Sister Taylor said:- “It’s such a rewarding job, it’s
very enjoyable and we never tire of it. It’s nice when people
thank you for what you are doing and are pleased with the service we
The British Heart Foundation has played a major role in supporting
the centre. The charity awarded the hospital the initial start-up
grant and, since that time, has continued to provide it with
literature and information. In return staff at the centre have taken
part in various fundraising events to raise money for the charity.
If you would like to know more about what services the Cardiac
Rehabilitation Centre offers, contact Sister Isobel or Sister Clare
on 01704 704392.
Drop-in sessions are held on Monday afternoon in the Salus Education
Centre (on the Southport Hospital site), from 12.30pm to 3.30pm.
Anyone with heart problems or require advice on diet, exercise,
stopping smoking or relaxation can attend. No appointments are
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