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A Healthy Referral!
Friday 11th December, 2009

A Healthy Referral!
Katrina Peet and Gail Mail try out an adapted bike designed to allow disabled people and their carers to go on a bike ride together.

HEALTH professionals enjoyed a taste of their own medicine at Robin Park Arena on Wednesday.

GPs, practice nurses, senior health trainers and representatives from the PCT took the opportunity to try for themselves the types of referral schemes on offer across the borough.

Organised by Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust’s Active Living Team, the referral scheme aims to encourage people who are inactive and who may have health needs to take up some form of physical activity.

People are referred to the service by their GP, practice nurses or other health professionals.

On Wednesday they were taken through their paces in a number of exercise taster sessions including Tai Chi, adapted cycling, chair exercise and Nordic walking.
They also discussed the health benefits of each exercise.

Katrina Peet, a senior physiotherapist at Boston House, said: “We refer patients regularly into the scheme from back rehabilitation at Boston House. Our patients greatly benefit from it and the feedback about the scheme has been fantastic.”

Gail Male, a senior physiotherapist at Shevington Clinic, added: “I’m very impressed with the professionalism of the Active Living Team. I didn’t know they did so much, there’s a lot of choice for a wide variety of people.”

Wigan’s Active Living Team also provide a number of non-referral programmes aimed at encouraging everyone to get active including health walks and cycling.

Jonathan Wareing, Activity Referral Officer for the Active Living Team, said: “Wednesday was an opportunity to update health professionals on changes in protocol and pathways of referral but it was also an opportunity to allow them the chance to try out for themselves and experience the variety of sessions we provide.”

To find out more about the Active Living Team visit www.wlct.org/sport

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