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Health Start is our popular and extremely successful GP exercise on referral scheme.  This is a partnership scheme between Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure and Northumberland Care Trust to provide opportunities for those with medical conditions to take part in different activities in a supervised setting.  The scheme lasts for 12 weeks and during this time, staff will help to make the right activity choices for you.  All GP surgeries in Blyth Valley are able to refer their patients onto the scheme, so if you live in the area, you can join in the scheme by first discussing the option with your GP or Practice Nurse.

The scheme has developed over the last 15 years form small beginnings to now offering 520 places per year.  The main emphasis is to get people more active to help prevent heart disease and diabetes.  Staff are highly trained and have a good knowledge of safe but effective exercise for many medical conditions.gp referral

Health Quest

Health Quest is one of the options that are available after you have completed Health Start.  Health Quest consists of daytime activity sessions that include badminton, short tennis, fitness classes, gym use and swimming.  These sessions are not as highly supervised as Health Start but qualified staff are still there to provide any advice required.