Royal Sussex County Hospital. Princes Royal Hospital. Hove Polyclinic. Sussex Universities

Brighton & Sussex Take Heart Group

President: Dr James Cockburn

The Brighton and Sussex Take Heart Group is a patient led cardiac support group which was set up in 1993.  The group was established in order to provide ongoing support and exercise to cardiac patients who have completed the cardiac rehabilitation programme at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.
It is run by a committee of volunteers and the current committee includes former cardiac patients, an exercise instructor and a registered nurse.
Our President is Consultant Cardiologist Dr James Cockburn.
Brighton Take Heart Group employs British Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation (BACPR) Phase 4 instructors and they provide exercise classes in Brighton, Peacehaven, Lewes and Portslade .
The Hove class is led by Richard Stantiford 'and is affiliated to BSTHG.

Visit our website at for all class information

What else does the group offer?
We have a recreational swimming section and twice a year quiz nights. Other events are a Shuffleboard Tournament, quiz nights, evening meals out and visits to places of interest such as Buckingham Place and Portsmouth Dickensian Christmas Market.
Carers and relatives of cardiac patients are also able to become members of the group and to attend exercise classes.

The £15 membership fee includes our magazine containing news on the group and articles written and compiled by members of the committee and by the staff in the Sussex Cardiac Centre.  The magazine is published three or four times a year and contains information on day trips, events and activities, committee news, recipes, medical articles, letters and correspondence.

Windsor Castle Trip September 2012


How do I become a member?
On completion of the cardiac rehabilitation programme at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, you will be given details of joining the group.  If you have not been through the programme or attended in the past, you can ask your GP to refer you.
As well as the annual membership fee there is a charge for each exercise session.
If you are interested in becoming a member then please contact any of our committee members or come along and see us in action at one of our exercise sessions.

Annual Membership £15.00, session £5.00 (£8.00 for couples), monthly £32.00.

Where can I meet the group?
We welcome you to exercise with us at one of our Take Heart Groups sessions at the most convenient venue for you. The first lesson is free. We have sessions at a number of venues and look forward to seeing you at one of them.  Please come to:

 BRIGHTON – Withdean Sports Complex, Tongdean Lane, Withdean, Brighton

BRIGHTON Stanley Deason Centre, Wilson Avenue, Brighton

NEWHAVEN – Shakespeare Hall, Fort Road, Newhaven

PEACEHAVENPeacehaven Leisure Centre, Greenwich Way, Peacehaven

PORTSLADE Portslade Sports Centre, Chalky Road, Portslade.

HOVE (affiliated to BSTHG, led by Richard Stantiford,) St Georges Church Hall, Court Farm Road, Hove. (fees may vary) (fees

OVER 50s ACTIVITY – Stanley Deason Leisure Centre, Wilson Avenue, Brighton. A weekly drop-in session where you can meet people and play badminton, short tennis, racket ball, squash and table tennis. Relax in the fully licensed café and bar. Mondays 10.30 am – 12.30 pm. £3.80 per session, includes free racket hire. For further details please call 01273 694 381 or visit reception.

For class days and times please visit our website at