Social prescription: Take control of your health and wellbeing

Many things effect how well you feel and not all can be easily fixed by seeing a doctor or with medicines.

People often benefit from a different sort of prescription – one which helps them access support from different organisations, support groups and by getting involved in activities in the local community.

Social prescribing starts with a conversation between you and a social prescriber, someone trained to listen who will get to know you and understand your needs. Everybody is different, so your social prescriber will find and signpost you to the people and organisations which are right for you. This is what we call a social prescription.

For example, they will signpost you to services to help with:

Social Isolation and loneliness

Emotional Wellbeing

Making healthy lifestyle choices

Managing long-term health conditions

Housing and financial problems impacting health

Access to volunteering, training or employment

 

The service is free and open to anyone over 13 years.

How do I contact a social prescriber?

It is simple. You can talk to your GP or other healthcare professional orspeak to surgery reception staff. We will take care of the rest and contact you with an appointment.

Becky Sultana is the social prescriber for the Hadleigh Practice and works with us two days a week on a Thursday and Friday. You can contact Becky by speaking to your GP or our reception team Becky

Becky is trained to connect you with a wide range of services locally to help you improve your own health and wellbeing. To find out more about social prescribing please click here Leaflet

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