25 January 2010,

SW Hants LIFT: Shadow Secretary for Health "delighted" with Adelaide Health Centre

Conservative Shadow Secretary for Health Andrew Lansley CBE MP visited Southampton's newest healthcare site the Adelaide Health Centre to view a pioneering new way of improving the health of people in Southampton.

As part of his visit to the state-of-the-art health site, Mr Lansley had a chance to visit to the building's newly opened GP surgery to find out how NHS Southampton City is utilising a project called 'activheart'. Activheart is a free-of-charge online programme that acts as a virtual coach and motivator to support patient diet and lifestyle change following an NHS Health Check.

The innovative activheart programme helps allow patients to have greater control of their care, brings care closer to the community and works in addition to the excellent support and advice available from healthcare professionals in Southampton. The resource is currently being used in GP surgeries in Southampton, including the newly opened Adelaide GP Surgery, which Mr Lansley was able to check out first hand.

Andrew Lansley said of the new programme: "I am delighted to have had the opportunity to visit and speak with NHS staff in Southampton. This has involved a demonstration of the new activheart programme which is a great example of how people can help to improve their own cardiovascular health whilst moving care into the community. I have also had the chance to see the new Adelaide Health Centre which is an impressive new building for patients in Southampton and will be able to provide a range of healthcare service under one roof for years to come."

Cheryl Harding-Trestrail, Locality Commissioning Manager for the West of the City for NHS Southampton City said: "NHS Southampton City is delighted to be involved in the Flora pro-active Behaviour Intervention Programme and that it has been recognised through this high-profile visit. By linking in with this programme, it is possible for NHS Southampton City to further support people in making positive changes to their lifestyles and improving health and well-being."

Cheryl continued: "GPs and health care professionals within the City are committed to reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer which can be achieved by simple changes to lifestyles. NHS Southampton City has plans to develop more online services which will work alongside GP services and traditional health promotion activities."

During the visit, Mr Lansley also had an opportunity to tour the newly opened Adelaide Health Centre and view the range of services available in the building. The one-stop-shop healthcare site includes a range of NHS services, including:

  • Podiatry

  • Cardiac

  • Leg Ulcer

  • Physiotherapy

  • Musculoskeletal

  • Community Neurological Rehabilitation

  • Health Visiting

  • Long-term conditions