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A social prescribing service in Reading links people to activities in the community to help improve their health and wellbeing.
Funded by Berkshire West CCG, the service is operated and run by Reading Voluntary Action (RVA).
Social Prescribing can help by sign-posting to activities or services that patients may not know about but could benefit from and informing them about what’s available.
The idea behind social prescribing is that it complements the care that people might be receiving from their GP practice. This approach gives patients of any age the space to talk about some of the non-medical underlying issues that affect their wellbeing and to take steps to tackle them.
On referral to the service, patients attend an hour-long individual appointment with a social prescriber at the patient’s GP practice. Patients are helped to identify the improvements they want to make, including;
There are a number of ways to get referred to the social prescribing service: