Lifestyle team expands services for Lichfield residents

Lifestyle team members Carol Maddocks, Neil Redpath, Mandy Summer, Kim Adams and Pauline Evans

Lifestyle team members Carol Maddocks, Neil Redpath, Mandy Summer, Kim Adams and Pauline Evans

Lichfield residents are being given help to kick-start a healthy new lifestyle thanks to a team of experts who are expanding the services they offer.

The 35-strong team, which is part of South Staffordshire PCT’s drive to improve patients’ health – are now taking referrals directly from patients and the public, as well as via a referral from their GP.

Introduced in March 2009, the Lifestyle Service is already offering patients information and encouragement on a one-to-one and group basis to help people look at their lifestyle, working on a step-by-step basis to make changes that fit the individual, their lifestyle and keep them motivated.

Pauline Evans, Acting Lifestyle Service Manager, South Staffordshire PCT said:

“Living a hectic life in a modern world often means you are snacking or eating fast food, struggling to find time to be more active, smoking and regularly drinking more alcohol than you know is good for you. This can cause life threatening diseases like cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

“Eating healthily, drinking less alcohol, quitting smoking and doing just a small amount of activity, that fits your busy life, will help you to look and feel better, give you more energy, reduce your stress levels and put you in control of your life – as well as help you to live a longer and healthier life.

“We all know that these life changes seem difficult to make, but they don’t have to be – which is why the PCT is offering you a Life Style Advisor, free of charge.” 

The Lifestyle Team work closely with local authorities, voluntary organisations and a range of primary care providers to provide a wide range of support that best suit your personal needs and tackle a number of health issues.

To find out more about the Lifestyle Service call 01827 306190 or visit the PCT website at www.southstaffordshirepct.nhs.uk or visit your GP and ask for a referral to your Lifestyle Advisor.

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