Surgeries increased to meet health demand

Laura Adwood
Laura Adwood

Wellbeing surgeries are being increased to meet rising demand in Mid Sussex.

Mid Sussex Wellbeing team surgeries are being increased, from monthly, to weekly, to give residents more chances to talk with health and wellbeing advisors and discover services and support groups.

Advisors can provide information on eating healthily, losing weight, giving up smoking, becoming more active, cutting down on drinking and managing stress.

Haywards Heath resident Laura Adwood booked in to one of the Wellbeing advice sessions in June because she wanted to lose weight and feel better and she was encouraged to join a Learn to Run course.

She said: “I started to meet with a wellbeing coach once a week and everything went really well. At first I was afraid that they would be too pushy, asking me to do too much, but instead they were so kind and encouraging.

“I’m now running almost every day. The best thing for me is the feeling of achievement that running gives me. I am a full-time carer for my son Vito who has autism, epilepsy and other complex care needs. When I’ve had a bad night, worrying about him or I’ve not had much sleep and I’m feeling deflated, going for a run really helps me to lift my spirits.

“Running helps me to feel that I have achieved something and has helped to take me out of my isolation. I feel so much better than I did 10 weeks ago; it’s amazing how much improvement I have made.

“Vito can be unpredictable and he has lots of challenging behaviours.

“I had always been wary of taking him to places in public because he might run away and I wouldn’t be able to catch him.

“But now I’m more confident and last week I took him to buy some shoes for the first time, it’s really changed my life.”

For more information or to book an appointment with a member of the Mid Sussex Wellbeing Team call 01444 477191 or email

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