Health & wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

We understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle and would like to help & support you to make small changes which will make HUGE difference to your everyday life!

What would you like help, advice or support with?

G.P. Referral Scheme

South Suffolk Leisure’s GP exercise referral scheme provides tailored exercise and activity programmes for those who have a medical condition where an increase in exercise will be of great benefit to their health and well-being.

G.P. Referral Scheme

  • 12 week scheme
  • 1-2-1 consultants with our Exercise Referral Instructors
  • Choice of activities from gym sessions, group classes, swimming, walking groups to chair based exercise class.

Who is Eligible?

Anyone who has at least ONE of the following conditions:

  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Asthma
  • Anxiety
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • CHD/Angina Pectoris
  • Osteoartritis
  • Joint Replacement
  • COPD
  • Depression
  • Hypercholesterlaernia
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Simple Mechanical back pain
  • Stress Hypertension

The benefits of being active:

  • Decreased Risk of Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)
  • Greater life expectancy
  • Reduced risk of developing Diabetes Mellitus
  • Helps to reduce body fat
  • Helps to improve flexibility
  • Helps to relieve stress and anxiety
  • Helps to relieve signs of depression
  • Helps to improve joint mobility
  • Reduced risk of developing high blood pressure

Our member feedback


Aged 79, exercise is better than a pill.

How i did it: My physio asked if I would attend a gym on GP Referral Scheme

My motivation was: I had restored my faith in regaining some of my mobility.

What i have achieved: On being diagnosed with Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy in 2011 and told that I would not walk or stand again, I can now at least stand with support.

How i feel now: I thoroughly enjoy the exercise schedule arranged for me and I can feel the benefits to my upper body strength and legs already. Thoroughly recommended!

KATE Aged 60, A nurse weighed me - shock!

How i did it: I went to see a nurse who weighed me - shock! I joined a gym & haven’t looked back with the support & encouragement from the staff who planned my routine.

My motivation was: I had noticed I was putting on weight & being treated for fibro myalgia. When I sat down I was incredibly stiff & unable to get up. I was unable to walk far.

What i have achieved: Lost 2 ½ stone & can now bend without creaking How i feel now: I try to go to the gym twice per week. Firstly I was so nervous but now I enjoy the feeling of doing something positive for me and my family, hopefully I will continue at the gym & losing weight & begin to enjoy life. For the first time in years I can now breathe in & hold it.