Cardiac rehab unit returns to hospital

Protest led by Viv Crouch, heading out from Denetre  hospital.
Protest led by Viv Crouch, heading out from Denetre hospital.
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Cardiac patients living in Daventry are set to benefit from rehabilitation services closer to home.

From today (Thursday), cardiac rehabilitation services including education and exercise programmes will be delivered from Danetre Hospital.

The services, commissioned by Nene Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and delivered by Northampton General Hospital, will be provided for 15 hours each week.

Julie Mason-Wright, directorate manager at Northampton General Hospital, said: “The reintroduction of services to the Daventry area means that patients will be able to receive their care closer to home. They’ll have one-to-one consultations with our cardiac nurse as well as a tailored exercise programme led by our exercise instructor. Operating for 15 hours a week initially, we will ensure there are regular reviews to make sure the service is responsive to the needs of local people.”

Lesley Jeffers, Daventry North GP locality chair at Nene CCG, said: “I am very pleased that cardiac rehabilitation is now available again at Danetre Hospital. It is an extremely important service for patients and families at a stressful time in their lives, and the fact it can now be accessed at Danetre Hospital is fantastic news for Daventry and the surrounding villages.”

The return of the service comes after extensive campaigning for the return of the cardiac rehabilitation unit, which closed in 2013.

Viv Crouch, chairman for Daventry District Heart Support Group, said: “What fantastic news, community-based cardiac rehab is to return to Danetre Hospital. This follows a rigorous campaign to reinstate the service over a period of nearly two years following its abrupt departure March 2013.

“May I take the opportunity to express grateful thanks to all residents in the Daventry area who have taken the time to back our urgent plea for help. Our voices have been heard and the vital service will once again be able to provide the crucial support for both patients who have received treatment in hospital following their heart event and family members.

“Special thanks extend to Rosie Newbigging and team from Healthwatch Northamptonshire, Tim O’Donovan at Nene CCG, patient representatives, Chris Heaton-Harris MP for Daventry, Daventry district and town councillors, media coverage from Daventry Express, local radio and TV and all members of the Daventry & District Heart Support Group without whose determined effort, commitment and support our goal may not have been realised. It is hoped that a complete robust CR service will return in the near future.”

Rosie Newbigging, chief executive officer at Healthwatch Northamptonshire, said: “Healthwatch Northamptonshire is delighted that vital cardiac rehab services are to be reinstated at Danetre Hospital. This should result in people in Daventry and surrounding areas now being able to access, more easily, life-saving support and advice following a heart attack.

“It is a real tribute to the local campaigners who have worked tirelessly to bring this service back. We want to work with the NHS locally to make sure that heart patients across the county have access to the best possible service. This is a great step in the right direction.”