The GP Exercise Referral Programme
The GP Exercise Referral Programme provides a route whereby GPs can refer appropriate patients for exercise in a safe and supervised environment. Regular physical activity is probably the single most important choice that people can make to enhance their health and it can be a significant factor in preventing and alleviating the effects of many chronic illnesses. These include: Heart Disease, Osteoporosis, Hypertension, Diabetes, Cancers, Depression, Anxiety, Arthritis, Low Back Pain, Asthma and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
The GP Exercise Referral Programme is in operation within the centre for over ten years now. Patients are referred by their GPs for the three-month exercise programme which is monitored by a GP Exercise Referral Programme Coordinator. The focus is behavioural change and the coordinator aims at helping clients to adopt a healthy lifestyle and introduces exercise as part of their daily life.
Full health & lifestyle screening is carried out by the programme coordinator at the centre during the initial assessment. The programme itself is individually tailored according to ability.
On completion of the 12-week programme, patients are reassessed, both in terms of physical and health improvements, and in their own subjective general well-being and capacity. They will be given details and encouragement for continuation of their activities either at the leisure centre or at other locations in the area. Full assessment details and a report on patient progress will be sent to the referring GP at the end of each patient’s programme.
Patients will be welcome to contact the local coordinator for information or advice at any stage during and after the completion of the programme, and every effort will be made to ensure that they are motivated to maintain their new active lifestyle.
Exercise Referral Programme Coordinator: Hayley Rogers