Left to right: Jacqui Chubb (exercise on referral coordinator, Abbeycroft Leisure), Theodora Carter (customer of referral programme), Matt Hickey (Abbeycroft Leisure), Elaine Beavis, (Abbeycroft client lead for right directions), Jo Rayner, (cabinet member for leisure and culture at St Edmundsbury Borough Council), James Reeder, (Suffolk County Council cabinet member for health), Warren Smyth, (chief executive, Abbeycroft Leisure) Picture: SIMON LEE Simon Lee Photography Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre has become the first exercise referral scheme in Suffolk to be awarded a new county-wide quality standard. Exercise referral schemes allow GPs and health professionals to refer patients with long-term health conditions to a fitness programme based within the community. The new quality standard has been developed by Suffolk County Council’s public health team and county wide partners for exercise referral schemes operating in the county. Suffolk is the first authority in the country to develop a county-wide standard of this kind. Warren Smyth, Abbeycroft Leisure’s chief executive, said: “I am delighted that the team at Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre are the first centre to achieve the Suffolk Exercise on Referral Quality Standard. “The team has worked particularly hard to develop the scheme with clinicians and this is a welcome recognition… Read full this story
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