One in five patients sees their GP for social rather than medical problems. Increasingly, health professionals are using social prescribing: they refer people to activities that support their health, rather than medical treatments. These range from volunteering to swimming and legal advice. Early pilots in Rotherham and Bristol show that anxiety levels and general quality of life improve, while the strain on local NHS services is reduced.
Have you heard of social prescribing and do you think frontline medical staff should be looking at this?
What sorts of issues do you go to your GP or local hospital with?