Fit for Surgery and Beyond

Fit for Surgery and Beyond

Fit for Surgery and Beyond

'Fit for Surgery and Beyond' is a Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership exercise intervention that forms part of a larger scale perioperative project being led by the Pre Operative Medicine team at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton (MPH), supported by the Improvement team and Orthopaedic Assessment Service In Somerset as well as other specialist / community services.

It aims to support people in making the best treatment choices for them and optimise medical health status prior to surgery if surgery is indicated. The pilot project will involve people with hip and knee osteoarthritis currently on the waiting list at MPH for hip or knee arthroplasty (replacement).

The Fit for Surgery and Beyond intervention will focus on the exercise component to the larger scale project and take pre-selected participants on a 6 week 12 session journey of gym based exercise sessions, discussions around moving more to support condition management as well as optimising cardiovascular fitness and lower limb strength in preparation for surgery and beyond.

Next Steps

Welcome to Fit for Surgery and Beyond. You have been selected to participate in a Somerset first exercise intervention that has been created with you and your arthritis in mind. Whilst you await your knee or hip replacement surgery, you will be guided through a programme of exercises alongside qualified Exercise Professionals who specialise in health conditions. They will support you with increasing your cardiovascular fitness and lower limb strength in preparation not only for surgery but life beyond this as you rehabilitate and return to normal activity.

Fit for Surgery and Beyond forms a very important part of a much wider pilot around healthier pre surgical options and your support in this intervention is greatly appreciated. The pilot is being delivered by the SASP Beach Wellness Gym Team in Minehead and you will have already been contacted by a member of the team to discuss the detail of the intervention.

In preparation for your Induction to the gym or online sessions, you have been asked to complete and submit the below questionnaires. In doing so you will be allowing the Beach Wellness Gym Team to review your current health status, attitudes, motivation, confidence towards physical activity as well as the impact that your arthritic joint has on your activities of daily living.

Please complete and submit the below Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PARQ) and include in this the Duke Activity Status Index (DASI) questionnaire result, where prompted. We would appreciate it if you could take some time to complete these at least three days prior to your scheduled Induction to allow the Instructors time to review the information. Thank you.

Please complete the Duke Activity Status Index (DASI) and make a note of the score to include in the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PARQ).

Once the above has been completed and a score obtained please complete the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PARQ).

In addition to the questionnaires, you have been provided with an Activity Record Card that will be explained in more detail during your induction but will form an essential part of the Fit for Surgery and Beyond pilot.

For further information around this programme or if you have any questions, please contact

Lianne Clarke

Lianne Clarke

Active Ageing Manager

01823 653990
Luisa Skinner

Luisa Skinner

The Beach Hotel Fitness Suite Manager & Class Instructor

01643 709778
Helen Wilkes

Helen Wilkes

The Beach Hotel Fitness Suite GP Referral Team

01643 709778
Laura Browne

Laura Browne

The Beach Hotel Fitness Suite GP Referral Team

01643 709778

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Partners and Sponsors

  • Sport England
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  • Somerset Skills & Learning
    Youth Sport Trust
    activity alliance
    Sedgemoor District Council
    Avon & Somerset Police
  • South Somerset District Council
    Somerset Partnership
    Yeovil Hospital Healthcare
    Taunton & West Somerset Council
    Mendip District Council
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    YMCA Dulverton Group
    Department for Work & Pensions
    Somerset CCG
    together team
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    British American Football Association
    Badminton England
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  • British Cycling
    Create Development
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    Somerset County Council
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    Somerset Community Foundation
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    Zing Somerset
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