Range of support available to women going through menopause

Jane Sargeant is Healthcare Account Manager at Nuffield Health. Here, she discusses the range of services Nuffield can offer to women going through the menopause, as well and informing members on the series of patient/consumer events that are being hosted at Devonshire Gym throughout the year.

Did you know that Nuffield Health is the UK’s largest healthcare charity?

If you didn’t know this, you are not alone. Most people I tell this to are unaware and it often comes as a surprise when I explain that we are a not-for-profit organisation, investing all our profits back into our purpose which is to build a healthier nation.

With our purpose at the heart of everything we do, we focus on the wider impact of our actions on our people, on those who benefit from our charitable flagship programmes, on local communities and on the environment.

Our mission is to build a healthier nation and our experts have been working together for more than 60 years to make the nation fitter, healthier, happier and stronger.

We achieve this through our industry-leading network of 37 hospitals, 114 fitness and wellbeing centres, medical centres and workplace wellbeing facilities. We believe that the best healthcare should help prevent illness by looking after the mind and body.

Our holistic wellbeing offering spans physical and mental health — from personal training, health assessments, GP services, physiotherapy, mental health support and surgical procedures to treat health conditions.

In 2021, Nuffield Health Plymouth Hospital celebrated its 50th anniversary of providing its healthcare services to the people of Plymouth and further afield. Today, we treat a very wide range of specialities from orthopaedics, spinal, ophthalmology, gynaecology, vascular, general surgery, men’s health and women’s health, we also have a private GP, diagnostics and pathology service. In addition to treating private patients, we also support our local NHS Trust.

We have two fitness and wellbeing centres in Plymouth; these are in Derriford and the City Centre.  Both clubs offer two of our unique flagship programmes – The Joint Pain Programme and The Covid-19 Rehabilitation Programme.

These two programmes are available to the wider public, it’s not a requirement to be a patient of ours or a member of our gym. Members of the public can refer themselves to one our flagship programs via our website. Registrations are checked and triaged by our team of specially trained staff who tailor the programs to everyone, their abilities and needs. 

While the Covid-19 rehab program is completely free of charge, the joint pain program does carry a cost of £2 a week. At the end of the course, participants are offered an opportunity to continue visiting the gym by themselves completely free of charge for six months.

The physical trainers and physios provide the tools to enable participants to feel confident in continuing to exercise without supervision and often we find that new friendships develop among the group members over the course of the programme which benefits both mental and physical wellbeing.

In 2022 Nuffield Health Plymouth Hospital is holding 11 complimentary ‘Meet the Expert’ events to enable members of the public to make informed decisions about their health – you are all invited!  We started the year with a Women’s Health Event to explain menopause, HRT, endometriosis and other aspects of women’s health.

Our events can be attended in person and online. Search Nuffield Health Plymouth Hospital for more information on our future events or find us on Facebook.

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