Chelmsford City Council

GP referrals

As part of the Mid Essex Exercise Referral Scheme, we provide personalised exercise programmes at a subsidised cost.

If your GP or nurse thinks you would benefit from regular exercise and you are 16 or over, they can refer you to the scheme.

The scheme is available at:

Once you have a referral from your GP or nurse, you can arrange an initial appointment at one of the three leisure centres.

You can make your appointment by phone, or by visiting the centre. Appointments for referrals take place on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

At your appointment, one of our instructors will assess your fitness and help you to complete an exercise referral questionnaire.

Your instructor will then create a 12 week personalised exercise programme, that is tailored to your fitness level and lifestyle.

Once you have your programme, you can complete a one hour induction at the gym. Your instructor will show you how to use the equipment safety, and help you to get started with your programme.

After four weeks and after eight weeks, your instructor will carry out a 30 minute review of your programme.

At the end of the programme, your instructor will carry out a final assessment review, and notify your GP of your progress.

You will be entitled to a reduced price at the gym for one year after you have completed your programme.



Initial assessment: Free

Gym induction: £10.50

Sessions during your 12 week programme: £4.00 per session

Peak sessions after your programme: £4.80 per session

Off peak sessions after your programme: £4.10 per session

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