Centre classes taken to heart

Campbell Robertson from Drumoig
Campbell Robertson from Drumoig

A long-term physical activity programme delivered by Cupar Sports Centre is proving to be a real success for the local community, attracting more participants than anywhere else in Fife.

Health and wellbeing programmes delivered by Fife Sports and Leisure Trust – the region’s provider of sports and leisure facilities – along with NHS Fife, are attracting around 80 people a week to specialist classes designed to give support to patients who are referred for medical reasons.

The Trust’s long-running cardiac rehabilitation classes have been offered at Cupar for the past 11 years, attracting regular attendance from people who have previously suffered a cardiac incident.

The classes give on-going support to patients and their family who have been affected by coronary incidents.

Patients are referred to the service following a cardiac incident and progress through hospital-led phases of rehabilitation before joining the programme at Cupar.

The community-based rehabilitation sees patients referred from NHS Fife, as well as Ninewells Hospital cardiac services, meaning local patients can access support without the need for travel.

Cupar Sports Centre was chosen to pilot phase three support in 2010, this saw local patients benefiting from rehabilitation in the community which previously would only have been available in a hospital setting.

The phase three class is now run on a weekly basis and has received great feedback from patients.

Campbell Robertson, from Drumoig, added: “I’m 76 and have been coming here for 11 years. Some of us go to East Sands Leisure Centre now for an extra session and we all keep reasonably fit and well because of these sessions.”

Jacquie Stringer, health and physical activity manager, Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, said: “The cardiac rehabilitation programme we deliver is designed to give support to those who have gone through a life-changing event – and exercise is a vital component of leading a healthy life following a cardiac incident.

“Phase four is a 10 to 12-week programme of maintenance involving gym or circuit classes and is led by qualified British Association of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation instructors.

“It’s great that so many local residents make use of the classes at Cupar – there is a real sense of friendship amongst the people who attend.”

Attendees completing phases three and four cardiac rehabilitation are sign posted to Active Options Two, a referral programme for people living with a long-term condition, based on their functional ability rather than their condition, also available at the Centre.