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Local football legend praises heart failure exercise programme at George Eliot Hospital

Football Legend Dudley
Dudley Kernick with physiotherapist Sarah Shaw and Heart Failure Nurse Emma West-Eggar

Veteran local football legend Dudley Kernick (95) has successfully completed a dedicated exercise programme for patients who have experienced heart failure and recommends this course to others.

Dudley who played for Nuneaton completed the seventeen course organised by George Eliot Hospital’s Heart Failure Nurse team and physiotherapists.

Mr Kernick was also Boro manager for five years when the team were rated as one of the top non-league outfits in the country in the late 1960s. During his time they had challenged for league status and hit the headlines with an FA Cup run that saw them beat Swansea and take Rotherham to a replay in three games that attracted more than 50,000 fans. 

Dudley, who was born in Cornwall started to play football in 1939 and worked for several clubs across the country as both player and manager. Since retiring he lived in Florida for several years before returning to Nuneaton to be near one of his daughters. He has also written two books, one fiction and an autobiography about his football career.

"I have learnt that trying to keep fit even in later life is important for my own health and have been amazed to see how much fitter other people on the programme have become on this course.

“I still love football including following Nuneaton’s progress and advise others to enjoy sports and exercise to keep fit and healthy.”

The heart failure programme helps patients gradually develop their fitness within the dedicated specialist physiotherapist exercise gym based on the George Eliot Hospital site.

Heart Failure nurse, Emma West-Eggar said: “Dudley has improved his own health and fitness on the course and we recommend that other heart failure patients ask their doctors about this programme.  

“You can participate at any age and Dudley is a shining example to others.”

Dudley in action

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