Cardiff doctors to prescribe free bike hire to patients

Bike hire will be available for free on prescription, as part of a new pilot scheme at GP surgeries. Cardiff and Vale health board said, as of Wednesday, GPs at two practices in the capital could refer patients.

Doctors can prescribe six months of nextbike membership for people who need to do more exercise or lose weight.Public health consultant Dr Tom Porter said it was “one of the easiest ways to reduce your risk of ill health while building your cardiovascular fitness”.

The health board said the project was a UK-first and would be available to doctors at Lansdowne Surgery and Fairwater Health Centre. Once prescribed, patients will be given a code which allows them unlimited free 30-minutes hires.

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