Social prescribing connects older people with organisations and services which can support them. It is available to carers, people at risk of falling and those who are frail
Social prescribing is being rolled out across all GP practices in the Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead locality.
The service is aimed at helping older people improve their health and happiness.
The CCG and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead have soft-launched social prescribing at four GP practices.
Residents are referred to a wellbeing prescriber by a member of staff at their GP surgery.
They help identify activities and services which offer emotional and practical support while improving health.
The wellbeing prescriber might suggest activities such as SMILE (So Much Improvement with a Little Exercise) sessions, creative groups like art and music or other services.
Dr Amandeep Dosanjh, GP Partner at The Cedars Surgery, said:
“The wellbeing prescribers support and motivate our patients to resolve issues that may be affecting their health and wellbeing. This has been a real success, giving patients a lifeline to a life they thought was out of reach, improving their health and reducing their dependence on medical care.”
Manju Laroya, is a patient at The Cedars Surgery, and was unable to get out much due to health problems. She was put in contact with the wellbeing prescriber at her surgery to help her manage her condition. She was introduced to Friends in Need and was encouraged to attend SMILE activity sessions when she was well enough to do so.
She said: “I’ve found it’s as if all the doors are open for me, but it’s me who has to walk through them. I’ve got some ray of hope of living; it’s like a lifeline for me these groups.”