GP Referral Scheme
The GP referral scheme has been running in the Arena since 2004. This scheme was developed in collaboration with the HSE and the department of Sports Sciences in UL. This scheme specifically targets people who are overweight. To take part in the scheme a doctor must refer a patient to the Arena. Once they have been registered on the scheme the person will attend 4 individual consultations with an exercise referral co-ordinator over the course of a year and will also attend ten educational classes based in the University Arena. As a result of attending the course previous patients have increased their fitness measurements, are more active each week, have improved blood pressure scores, and have decreased body weight and waist measurements.