Road To Recovery

Road To Recovery

by Sara Whatley

The Mid Sussex Exercise Referral Programme could be just the ticket to get your fitness back on track. Our very own Diane Clark discovered the benefits for herself.

You would never know by looking at her now, but not so long ago Diane Clark (Sussex Living proofreader, master of Diary Dates and all round office wonder) was crippled with pain in her hip. She underwent a very successful operation and being a fit and healthy sort, was soon back on the road to recovery.

Along with her own strong will and determination, something which really helped Diane was The Mid Sussex Exercise Referral Programme. This is a very low cost GP referral programme which provides you with access to the gym and health suite, pool and hydropool.

Once you have signed up you will receive an induction and a personalised exercise regime to suit your needs. “It really is a tailored programme,” Diane told me. “My exercise referral specialist sat on the side of the hydropool, went through all the exercises with me and taught me exactly how to do them. I had to do various walking movements with raised knees, side steps and leg swings out to the front and back and we added in a noodle float for extra resistance in the water.” Every two weeks Diane received assessment appointments where her recovery progress was carefully monitored and her exercises adapted if necessary. “It’s lovely in the hydropool as well,” Diane said, “safe and quiet.”

The programme itself is suitable for all sorts of different people as well as those recovering from an operation; from diabetes, hypertension, arthritis and asthma to mental health issues, cancer and obesity, these are just some of the conditions which can be helped by exercise. And the health benefits are huge – people who regularly exercise have up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes, up to a 20% lower risk of breast cancer, up to a 30% lower risk of depression and dementia and a 30% lower risk of early death.

“I progressed onto working in the gym after a few weeks, with another bespoke programme. The instructor who was advising me also did my review appointments as well,” Diane explained. “I found the whole thing so beneficial, not just while I was doing the programme but afterwards as well as you can incorporate the exercises into your daily life.”

If you are interested in finding out more about the Exercise Referral Programme book an appointment with your GP and ask them to write you a ‘prescription to exercise’, or call one of the health centres below. This could be the beginning of a health and fitness journey to change your life.


  • The Triangle 01444 876000
  • The Dolphin 01444 457337
  • Kings Centre 01342 328616