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GP referral

We provide personalised, subsidised, exercise programmes as part of the Mid Essex Exercise Referral Scheme at Riverside Leisure Centre. 

GP referral at Riverside

GP referral

Your GP may feel that exercise could help with your physical or mental health and wellbeing. A referral will give you access to our gyms at a reduced cost, and expert help from our team.

You will have an assessment where your instructor will create you a personalised exercise programme, that is tailored to your fitness and health level. They will also show you how to use the equipment.   

After four, eight and 12 weeks your instructor will carry out a review and notify your GP of your progress.  

Our instructors are on hand to answer any questions, or update your programme. 

Your instructor may also recommend one of our group exercise classes or a Hydrotherapy session as part of your programme. You will be able to use these at a reduced cost.

Times and prices

Opening hours

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 5.30am to 10pm

Tuesday and Thursday, 6am to 10pm

Saturday and Sunday, 6am to 7pm 

Bank holidays, 9am to 5pm 

Peak times

Monday to Friday, open to 9am, and 5pm to 10pm

Saturday and Sunday, 6am to 12pm

Off peak times

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Saturday and Sunday, 12pm to 7pm


ourChelmsford Lite card

First 12 weeks: £5

Peak (after first 12 weeks): £6

Off Peak (after first 12 weeks): £5.50 

Induction: £12

ourChelmsford Plus card

First 12 weeks: £4

Peak (after first 12 weeks): £5

Off Peak (after first 12 weeks): £4.50 

Induction: £11


  • For your first visit to the gym, you will need to book a gym assessment by calling 01245 615058
  • Once you have had your assessment, you do not need to book to attend the gym.  

Things you need to know

Entry to the gym

  • If you have an ourChelmsford Premium account, you can tap straight through the barrier. 
  • If you need to pay for the gym you will need to go to reception or a kiosk to pay and activate your ourChelmsford card. 
  • If you have forgotten your card you will need to collect a barcode from reception or a kiosk to get through the barrier. 
  • If you require use of the lift to access the first floor, you will need to go to reception to activate your ourChelmsford card. 

Technogym Key

  • If you lose your Technogym Key you will need to pay to replace it.  

Lockers and changing rooms

  • There is a male group changing area and a female group changing area located by studio 2 on the first floor.
  • A Changing Places area is located by studio 1 on the first floor.
  • Lockers with number keypads are located in the dryside changing room near the gym on the first floor.

What to bring

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Centre opening times

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 5.30am to 10pm
Tuesday and Thursday, 6am to 10pm
Saturday, 6am to 9.45pm
Sunday, 6am to 9pm
Bank holidays: see facility opening timetables

Our facilities, including the ice rink, may have separate opening times. Please check individual pages.


All prices are correct to 30 March 2020


Contact form

Riverside Leisure Centre
Victoria Road

01245 615050

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