Exercise Referral Scheme

The scheme is appropriate for these conditions 

Respiratory Conditions

  • Asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Musculoskeletal Conditions

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Joint replacement
  • Simple mechanical back pain
  • Osteoporosis

Cardiovascular Conditions

  • Hypertension (High blood pressure)
  • Hypercholesterolaemia (High cholesterol)

Psychological/Mental Health Conditions

  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Anxiety

Metabolic/Immunological Conditions

  • Diabetes Type 1 &  2
  • Obesity

If you have a medical condition listed here and would like to be referred please let us know and we will inform you when the referral form is ready for you to collect. You then need to make contact with the leisure centre
How the scheme works
  • Appointment 1/The Consultation – You will meet the GP referral specialist to discuss the reason for your referral and complete a physical readiness questionnaire. Free of charge
  • Appointment 2/ The Induction (can be done on the same day as appointment 1 but down to the GP referral specialists discretion) – You will be shown the correct use of the gym equipment; an exercise programme will then be developed, taking into consideration the reason for your referral, your individual fitness level and abilities. Free of Charge
  • You are then ready to start the gym/exercise sessions as often as you wish (or advised) throughout the 12 week period. You can pay as you go or membership options are available to you. These are at subsidised rates, please ask your GP referral specialist for further details
  • 3 and 9 weeks – we will contact you to discuss your progress and arrange a review if required
  • 6 weeks - You are required to book an appointment to review your progress to date, change your programme if required and complete a questionnaire
  • 12 weeks – an exit interview, here we will help and advise you on how to maintain a healthy active lifestyle for your future
  • Please note you may only be referred once within a one year period