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Specialist new ‘Trainers’ to help improve people’s health

South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust (PCT) has launched a new practical advice programme delivered by a team of health professionals aimed at helping people to keep fit and lead healthier lives.

The ‘Health Trainers’ will cover the Stafford, Stone, Gnosall, Ecceshall, Great Haywood and Penkridge areas of South Staffordshire.

Health trainers, on a one-to-one basis, work to motivate, encourage and support patients, working through a risk assessment to help them understand how their lifestyle impacts on their long term health.

They accept referrals from other agencies – or self-referrals – planning a programme of measures to help the patient implement improvements.

The main areas of support cover healthy eating, increasing physical activity, helping people to stop smoking and reducing alcohol intake.

Yvonne Hughes, Health Trainer for Central and South Stafford covering Rising Brook Health Centre said: “Health Trainers enable people to make choices about lifestyle changes to minimise the risk of long term illness.

“They help clients to make plans for change, referring them to specialist health improvement services if appropriate, for example smoking cessation and weight management, and offer follow-up support for up to 52 weeks
“In addition to encouraging individuals to use NHS health improvement services we can refer to other providers such as pharmacies, physical activity programmes and local authorities.”

For further information on your local Health Trainer please pick up a leaflet from your local GP surgery or call your local Health Trainer on:

North Stafford covering Holmcroft Surgery and Browning Street Surgery
Telephone: 07967 989113

East Stafford covering Hazeldene House Surgery and Weeping Cross Health Centre
Telephone: 07817 546390

Stone & Surround covering Mansion House Surgery and Cumberland House Surgery Telephone: 07817 546550

Penkridge & South Stafford covering Penkridge Medical Practice and Castlefields Surgery
Telephone: 07817 546595

Central & West Stafford covering Gnosall Health Centre, The Crown Surgery (Eccleshall) and Mill Bank Surgery
Telephone: 07817 546684

Central & South Stafford covering John Amery Drive Surgery, Rising Brook Health Centre and The Wolverhampton Road Surgery
Telephone: 078175 46464

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