A new Community Connector or social prescribing service will be available in Beith Health Centre from Friday 4 November 2016. It offers a way of enabling GP’s and Practice Staff to refer and support patients with social, emotional or practical needs with non-medical services and activities available in the community to help improve their health and wellbeing.
The Community Connector will provide health, social care and community activity guidance and support to patients and carers to facilitate access. This includes the provision of information, intelligence and support through multiple communication channels including Carena, the award winning Care & Support website www.carena.org.uk.
A Community Connector will be available to this Practice every Friday. They can signpost patients in the right direction and help find local services on a range of non-medical topics to meet their needs and interests, including:
- Money and benefit advice, debt management and budgeting
- Local activities and social groups
- Self-help and support groups
- Care services and carers support groups
- Volunteering opportunities
- Getting into work, training and education
Emerging evidence shows there are improved patient outcomes and demonstrable savings from fewer visits to GPs as a result of this type of service.
To make an appointment for a patient or find out more yourself, please contact Leona Dallas, your Community Connector, ask Reception or book an appointment directly through EMIS.