70% of men and 80% of women don't take enough exercise.Oxfordshire Exercise on Referral is a partnership between Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust and Oxford City Council to help people discover the health benefits of regular exercise. Every day Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust's health professionals see people who could really improve their health with a little exercise. The scheme offers an easy and supportive way to make this lifestyle change.
Exercise referral is an increasingly popular method of treatment being explored by GP’s in regards to combating a range of medical conditions. We pride ourselves in the complimentary way we can offer our services at a subsidised rate to compliment this service with instructors and a programme that has seen many referrals successfully combat their medical conditions as well as getting to meet new people and raise confidence and even decrease stress levels and improve sleep patterns.
All patients are referred onto the scheme through a GP; therefore if you feel you might be able to benefit from regular exercise please make an appointment at your local health centre where your GP will discuss with you whether the exercise referral programme would be right for you.
Once referral onto the scheme an initial consultation will need to be booked which costs £4.90 and involves the instructor discussing goal setting, the benefits of exercise and then setting a progressive 12 week programme that will allow you to reap the benefits of a more active lifestyle. Each session costs £1.20 with a recommendation of three sessions a week (either gym based or swimming based)
The GP Referral scheme current runs at:
Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre 01865 467020
Ferry Sports Centre 01865 467060
Please feel free to contact the centre and ask to speak to a member of the GP Referral team if you would like to discuss further.
GP Referral Swim School
To supplement our current GP Exercise Referral provision we can also offer a specific swim school exclusively for our GP Referral customers. This proves an ideal supplement to your regular training programme and gives you full one-to-one contact time with a qualified instructor that would allow you to develop your swim technique and feel confident within the water environment.
Sessions run on a Thursday at 15.30 at Blackbird Leys Pool and cost £1.20.
For further information please speak to your referral instructor at Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre or Ferry Sports Centre who can refer you onto the swim school. If you have any further questions please contact one of the GP Referral teams at either Blackbird Leys or Ferry Sports Centre.
O.W.L.S (Oxfordshire Weight Loss Service)
The Oxfordshire Weight-loss Lifestyle Service is a new service that has recently been set up. It consists of a team of doctors, specialist nurses, dieticians and psychologists and we aim to provide a comprehensive weight management service for patients in Oxfordshire, delivered at both Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre & Temple Cowley Pools & Fitness Centre.
The service is available for morbidly obese adults (over 16) who are registered with a GP practice in the Oxfordshire NHS catchment area. New patients will be assessed and offered appropriate treatment, as part of an individually tailored 12 month programme which will include lifestyle and behavior change advice specially developed for people with severe weight problems and may also include anti-obesity medication.
Ultimately, moderate weight loss and long-term weight maintenance is the goal of the service. The primary aim of the service is to reduce the prevalence of morbid obesity in Oxfordshire, in order to improve the health of its resident adult population.
For further information please contact the OWLS co-coordinator for Oxfordshire 01865 910 209
Cardiac Phase III Rehab
Cardiac Phase III Rehabilitation is a programme available to participants 6-12 weeks after their cardiac event and is the third out of 4 stages for participants before they can be released back into a long-term structured lifestyle & physical activity programme.
The Oxfordshire Radcliffe Hospital NHS Trust currently run Cardiac Phase III Rehab sessions at Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre between 9.30 – 13.00. For further information please contact the Cardiac Rehab Senior Nurse on 01865 220029