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Cardiac rehabilitation patients back in the heart of Raigmore Hospital


By Alasdair Fraser

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Lesley-Anne (front) and her colleague Nicola Munro, rehab assistant, along with two of our patients Mike Campbell and Ian Fraser
Lesley-Anne (front) and her colleague Nicola Munro, rehab assistant, along with two of our patients Mike Campbell and Ian Fraser

An easing of Covid-19 restrictions has allowed NHS Highland to restart its in-person cardiac rehabilitation classes at Raigmore Hospital.

The Heartbeat Centre closed early in the pandemic with all meetings since held virtually.

After a 15-month absence, though, the centre yesterday re-opened with socially-distanced assistance for a smaller group of patients.

Each patient is given their own space to exercise safely, with rehabilitation staff reporting a mutual delight at the resumption.

High Life Highland, the Highland Council-owned culture, learning, sport, leisure, health and wellbeing charity, has offered assistance during the pandemic, with exercise instructors keeping in touch with clients and running their own virtual classes.

Lesley-Anne Robertson, NHS Highland’s lead cardiac rehabilitation physiotherapist, said: "It's been such a challenging time for everyone, but with restrictions slowly easing there has been a real buzz about the place with the classes starting up again.

“It is a big change from the free-moving circuit we are used to, but feedback from our patients has been that it is great to be back exercising with the team."


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