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Social Prescribing in Hull

How can a Social Prescriber help you?

Many things affect your health and wellbeing. A lot of people visit GP Practices feeling isolated or lonely. Or they might be stressed out by work, money and housing problems. Sometimes it’s the stress of managing different long-term conditions or mental health problems. That’s where social prescribing comes in.

What can I expect?

It starts with a friendly, confidential conversation with Kara our Social Prescriber, talking about things that are important to you and the struggles you may be facing. The first conversation will usually last up to 45 minutes. You will then make a plan together, looking at what changes you want to make and look at suitable options.

How you want to work with Kara is up to you. You may just need pointing in the right direction, or you may feel you want to keep in touch with her more regularly.
Kara may introduce you to a community group, a new activity or a local club. Or she may help you find legal advice or debt counselling.
She may just help you find information and guidance about your situation or what local resources there are. Kara could even support you to start something new such as a gardening club, a fishing group, a ‘men’s shed’ or knit and natter group. Social prescribing can help you to have more control over your own health and find ways to improve how you feel in a way that suits you. Studies show that people get better and feel better faster than those treated with medicine alone. And because it works, it’s happening more and more – including here in this area.

Getting in touch

Appointments are available at the Haxby practices, so please ask your GP or ask one of the receptionists who will be happy to refer you. For more information about social prescribing visit: http://www.england.nhs.uk/personalisedcare/social-prescribing

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