The Staywell Programme

Cardiac Rehab is now using its expertise in cardiac rehabilitation to offer a similar service – the Staywell Programme - to local people who have not yet developed heart disease, but who are rated by their GP as being at risk of doing so. These “at risk” patients will typically be attending GPs’ clinics for high blood pressure, diabetes or obesity. The aim is to introduce these patients to a combination of health education and exercise to improve their health and wellbeing, and ultimately lengthen their lives.

GPs (and other health professionals) are invited to refer patients (aged 18 or older) at risk of developing cardiovascular disease to Cardiac Rehab. Please contact us by phone or email if you wish to do so, or if you need further information.

Members of the public who are interested in the programme should either in the first instance consult their GP or contact Dr Sally Turner at the Cardiac Rehab Centre, who will be happy to chat with them.

Please click here if you would like to read about self-referrals

You are also invited to drop by to take a look at the Centre, before approaching your GP.


Download our Staywell Programme booklet or our Staywell Programme leaflet for GPs

For patients living in East Hampshire District, the Staywell Programme forms part of the East Hampshire Exercise Referral Scheme for GPs.


The Benefits

Increasing the amount of physical activity you do can make enormous improvements to health, wellbeing and lifestyle. A physically active lifestyle has been proved to:

  • Decrease body fat and body weight
  • Increase bone density
  • Help lower blood pressure
  • Help improve cholesterol levels
  • Help stabilise blood sugar levels
  • Improve mood
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Increase energy levels
  • Improve mobility
  • Lengthen life

The Programme

The programme consists of:

  • An initial patient assessment, including the traditional risk factors – personal characteristics including age, gender, smoking habit, weight, waist circumference, blood pressure, blood cholesterol and fasting blood glucose. In diabetics, HbA1C.
  • An exercise test (to establish fitness level) plus a gym induction at which the individual exercise programme is set.
  • A 10 week course of supervised exercise, two one-hour sessions per week at times to be agreed with the patient.
  • Guidance, during exercise, on adopting a healthy lifestyle.
  • Introductions to “stop smoking” and weight loss groups, where appropriate.
  • A final patient assessment and exercise test, with a repeat of all the initial measurements.
  • The patient’s spouse/partner may also undertake the programme, to act as support, but will not undergo the initial and final assessments.
  • At the end of the formal programme the patient (and spouse/partner) may, if they wish, continue to exercise at Cardiac Rehab on an open-ended basis.
  • From 1st April 2014 the following fees apply to you and your spouse or partner if they are going to attend with you.



There is a choice of two payment options:

Option 1 – Pay-As-You-Go

You (the patient) pay at each attendance. From 1st April 2014 the prices per person are:

- £13.50 for the initial induction

- £4.60 for each exercise and health education session attended.


Option 2 – Lump Sum Payment

You (the patient) pay a lump sum of £101.50 to Cardiac Rehab up front to cover the whole programme.



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