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Social Prescribing

Many things affect your health and wellbeing. GPs tell us that a lot of people visit them feeling isolated or lonely. Or they might be stressed out by work, money and housing problems. Sometimes it’s the stress of managing different long-term health conditions.

That’s where Social Prescribing comes in. It starts with a conversation. It might be the conversation you’ve just had with your doctor, or with another person in the practice team. Or you might not have felt able to talk to anyone about what’s going on for you. The aim is a more holistic approach to health and wellbeing – an understanding that aspects of life are interconnected and that there is a need for a joined-up approach to practical and emotional support.

How does it work?

Your Social Prescribing Link Worker is there to listen to you and put you in touch with the people and activities that might help you to feel better. Social Prescribing can help you to have more control over your own health and find ways to improve how you feel in a way that suits you. For example, that might be connecting you to a community group to meet more people or an advice service to support you with your bills.

For more information about social prescribing visit: www.england.nhs.uk/personalisedcare/social-prescribing/

For further details, please contact Caitlin Telfer at caitlintelfer@southmead.org

 

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