GPs to refer patients to support services under new Social Prescribing scheme
A variety of things can affect your health and wellbeing and a lot of our Macclesfield GPs tell us that many people visit them feeling isolated, lonely or stressed by work, money and housing problems.
In response to this, a new service is being offered from within our GP practices, which aims to support you to have more control over your own health and find ways to improve how you feel in a way that suits you.
GPs, Practice Nurses and other health professionals will soon be able to make a referral to a ‘Social Prescribing Link Worker’ who will support patients to access services in your community rather than just offering medical solutions. Link workers are there to listen to you and put you in touch with the people and activities that might help you to feel better.
That might mean being introduced to a community group, referral to a new activity or local club, legal or financial advice and information and guidance. The list is endless!
Dr Joe Banns, GP and Clinical Director of the Macclesfield Primary Care Network said:
‘This is a really exciting time for our patients in Macclesfield. This service will give health professionals the opportunity to support patients more effectively with a whole range of social problems which cannot be resolved through medication alone’.
Watch this space for more details of the launch of the service and how you can be referred.