The Social Prescribing Service is designed to support patients with a wide range of social, emotional and practical needs. Recognising that health is determined by social, economic and environmental factors. Social prescribing seeks to address patient’s needs in a broad and holistic way. Some of the patients who access the service are worried about their financial situation or housing, feeling very lonely and isolated or stuck and unhappy.
Rachel Dawson, the Social Prescriber at Newbridge Surgery, works with patients over a short period of time to explore what most matters to them and through guided conversations, identifies solutions which will improve their general wellbeing. This often involves linking patients with services and activities in the community.
Patients 18 and over can access the service by booking a telephone triage appointment.