Long term maintenance, consists of two main components.
1, Long term maintenance of individual goals.
2, Professional monitoring of clinical status and follow up of general progress.
This involves close liaison with the primary health care team and local keep fit organisations.
Cardiac rehabilitation in Lancaster was first set up about 30 years ago when patients came back to phase 3.
Gaye Jackson and myself set up phase 4, 7 years ago. Using gym 4 at the RLI using staff and friends as patients and then started the scheme at Salt Ayre Leasure Complex with about 15 patients. Gradually numbers increased and we had to move to our current venue at the College of Further Education. Each week we have between 30 to 40 people attending. Not only are the physical and psychological benefits enjoyed by all, many new friendships have developed, so people have had social benefits.
Many members of Heart Concern attend phase 4 and are able to encourage new people to join our support group.