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Social prescribing helps to change lives in Redbridge

18/03/2019

 a lady in the foreground running and a gentle exercise group for elderly people, holding light dunbells

People in Redbridge are being supported to lead healthier lives, thanks to closer connections between the NHS, local council and charitable and voluntary sector.

Under the borough’s social prescribing service, GPs are able to refer patients for non-medical support alongside existing treatments to improve their health and wellbeing.

This ensures that patients across Redbridge are supported to access local services – from advice on getting active, eating healthily and losing weight and support in dealing with anxiety, to help with housing and financial issues or employment concerns.

Working in this way, more people are being empowered to take greater control of their own health and wellbeing, meaning less time seeing the GP or waiting for hospital appointments.

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