What is BEATS?

BEATS BEATS is an exercise referral scheme for people with a recurring illness or medical condition who would benefit from a personal exercise programme. It is a partnership between NHS Bury and Bury Leisure. Doctors, practice nurses and specialist health professionals within Bury refer suitable patients to join the BEATS programme.

BEATS is a twelve month programme with a close supervision period for the first twelve weeks. Patients referred to BEATS get advice and support on how to improve their general health and well being through physical activity.  This can take place at home, outdoors or at a local leisure facility.

BEATS is a free service which is able to offer discounted rates at Bury Leisure sports facilities at Castle Leisure Centre, Radcliffe Leisure Centre and Ramsbottom Pool and Fitness Centre. 

Your questions answered

Who is BEATS for?

BEATS is intended for people who have:

  • a chronic heart condition
  • a chronic musculo-skeletal condition and is currently not exercising
  • diabetes
  • a mental health condition
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder); or
  • a BMI over 30; and
  • are registered with a doctor's surgery in the borough of Bury; and
  • are over the age of 16.

What are the benefits of BEATS?

Physical activity has a key role to play in improving health and wellbeing. Participating in a personal exercise programme can lead to the following benefits.

  • Improved circulatory system.
  • Controlled blood pressure.
  • Controlled cholesterol levels in your blood.
  • Increased muscular and bone strength.
  • Improved mobility.
  • Reduced stress and depression.
  • Healthy weight management.
  • Improved quality of life.

How can I get access to BEATS?

If you think you may be eligible for a referral to BEATS you should discuss this with your doctor, practice nurse or specialist health professional. They  can refer you directly to BEATS after which you will be asked to telephone the BEATS office to make an appointment with one of our exercise referral officers.

Which specialist health services can refer into BEATS?

Cardiac and Spinal Rehabilitation; COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder); Diabetes Nurses; Mental Health Team; Physiotherapists; Rheumatology; and Strokes Services.

What will happen at the meeting with the Exercise Referral Officer?

During the first meeting your medical and lifestyle history will be reviewed and basic health checks will be carried out. The exercise referral officer will also discuss your exercise preferences and goals. Using the information gathered, a personal exercise programme will be designed for you.

Where are the meetings held?

BEATS offers appointments at:

  • Castle Leisure Centre in Bury; and
  • health centres in Bury, Radcliffe, Ramsbottom and Prestwich;

Evening appointments are available.

What will happen during the first 12 weeks of the programme?

After 6 weeks of exercise we will review your progress to check that everything is going well. At the 12 week stage you will meet with your exercise referral officer to review your personal exercise programme, repeat the health checks and discuss future progress and goals.  After the meeting a report will be provided to the health professional that referred you to update them on your progress.

What will happen at the end of the programme?

Support will continue to be available from the exercise referral officers for 12 months.  At this time a final meeting will be arranged to review your overall progress since the start of the programme and to discuss options for continuing physical activity.