What is ‘PARS’?
PARS stands for ‘Physical Activity Referral Scheme’ and it is an ‘Exercise Prescription’ for you specifically from your GP or health professional- delivered by an exercise specialist within RVLC. The scheme provides 12 weeks of group exercise for your needs to improve quality of life and overall health and well-being. The idea is that PARPS clients continue after their initial 12 weeks onto ‘Healthy Towns’ programmes/classes and clubs.
Who will qualify for ‘Health Matters’?
When referring a patient to Health Matters, please consider the following:
- The patient must be motivated to adopt a course of moderate physical activity
- The patient must be considered capable of undertaking physical activity as a course of treatment
- The patient must be sedentary and not currently a member of a leisure centre gym.
(a) The patient must suffer from one or more of the following:
- Hypertension, mild – moderate greater than 140/90 mm/hg but less than 180/100 mm/hg
- Controlled diabetes (refer to section (c) below)
- Heart disease (refer to section (c) below)
- Anxiety/stress/depression • Obesity (BMI greater than 30)
- Asthma, bronchitis or COPD
- Other significant long term illness (refer to section (c) below
(b) Patients with high risk of developing the following should be considered:
- Coronary heart disease
(c) We do not recommend that the patient be referred to the scheme if they fall into any of the following criteria:
- Uncontrolled hypertension
- Poorly controlled epilepsy
- Unstable angina
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Cardiomyopathy, unless recommended by a heart specialist
- Current severe disease or disability which impedes ability to take part in physical activity
- Less than 12 weeks from a cardiac event
- Less than 12 weeks from giving birth
- Under the age of 16
Why complete the Referral Form?
The Referral Form demonstrates that a healthcare professional considers a course of physical activity to be beneficial to their patient’s needs. It is important to fill in all sections of the form and not to leave any sections blank. It is essential that this information is correct, as it will be used to design a physical activity course specific to the patient’s needs.
All information is treated as confidential.
It is essential to know the following information:
1. Reason for referral:
- Patients referred for weight management will only be accepted if they have a BMI greater than 30
- If a patient is referred for ‘other’ reasons, please state this condition in the ‘Comment(s)’ section of this form. Please note this should be a condition that a course of physical activity can help. The Health Matters Coordinator can be contacted to clarify whether this ‘other’ condition will be accepted onto the scheme or not.
2. Relevant, current or past health problems:
- Please use the ‘Comment(s)’ section of this form to advise of this information
3. Any relevant medication, for example:
- Beta-blockers eg Atenolol, Metaprolol
- Diuretics eg Frumil, Burinex, Bendrofluazide
- ACE Inhibitors eg Captopril, Enalopril
- Calcium Chellel Blockers eg Nifedipine, Diltiazon
- Nitrates eg Isosorbide Mononitrate, GTN 4. Limitation of physical activity specific to the patient