About: St Peter's Hospital (Chertsey) St Peter's Hospital (Chertsey) Chertsey KT16 0PZ
Posted by Simon Monery
Having undergone a quintuple bypass operation at St George's hospital in October 2012 I was invited to join the Cardio Rehabilitation course at St Peter's in November 2012. I was unsure at first at dedicating the time to attend twice a week for 12 sessions but soon realised the benefits the course provided.
The staff were professional, friendly and supportive and gave me the confidence to start building my fitness and strength back up after a major operation and a period of recovery at home. The staff guide you through a set of warm up exercises, circuit training, stretches and relaxation techniques with a group of other patients who have had similar cardio treatments. The level of exercise is increased over the 12 sessions to match your fitness level and the staff take special care to monitor your blood pressure and heart rates at all stages.
I would recommend the rehabilitation course to anyone following cardio surgery. It gave me the confidence to get back into the world and not hide away at home and was a great opportunity to chat to other patients about their feelings and worries following surgery.
The course also offers educational sessions with useful information about diet, medication, coping with stress and other factors relating to heart disease and how to manage the condition moving forward.
Overall, highly recommended and a big thank you to the girls at St Peter's for putting me back on the road to recovery!