PULSE GP Referral at Ottery St Mary Leisure Centre
Established. Experienced. Active
A 12 week PULSE programme to help you achieve an active life
The PULSE scheme has been established since 1994 and enables people to benefit from supervised physical activity
What are the benefits of PULSE?
Physical activity has many beneficial factors, including:
- Lower blood pressure
- Improve joint mobility
- Relieve back pain
- Alleviate symptoms of depression and stress
- Reduce obesity
- Help prevent coronary heart disease and strokes
Whilst there are always staff available to help and advise you, your goal is to become independent and make physical activity a lifestyle choice
How long do I stay on PULSE?
The PULSE programme runs for 12 weeks, attending 2 sessions per week
How much does is cost?
There is a charge for your initial assessment, which also covers your reassessment. The PULSE sessions are offered at discounted rates. Please contact us for further information on price
How do I book my first appointment?
You can download your referral form by clicking the link below then simply complete and bring it along to us here at the centre. The fitness instructor will arrange a suitable time for your appointment. A letter will be sent confirming your appointment with the relevant paperwork
How to prepare for your first appointment
- Try to get a good nights sleep the night before
- Avoid drinking large amounts of alcohol 24 hours prior to your appointment
- Avoid eating a heavy meal less than 3 hours before your appointment
- Avoid drinking caffeine less than 2 hours before
- Wear loose and comfortable clothing.
- If you feel unwell on the day of your appointment, please contact us to rearrange for a different date
At your initial assessment
The fitness instructor will discuss your referral reasons and what you would like to achieve. We aim to provide an exercise programme tailored to your individual needs. The initial consultation will consist of an informal chat and an initial health assessment
Small groups of participants meet up and work on their personal programmes. The instructor is there at all times to help individuals develop their programme. Your exercise intensity and duration will gradually increase as your progress dictates
What activities can I do
The PULSE scheme is mainly based on the cardiovascular fitness activity in the gyms at the centres, although options are available for walking circuits, outdoor health walks, PULSE Aqua and swimming. These will vary between centres. You will be able to discuss which activities are available to you and decide on the most appropriate. This will help keep you motivated and help you find activities that you enjoy
We look forward to welcoming you to the centre!