Social prescribing operates alongside existing medical treatments or as a stand-alone service to provide non-medical support within the local community.
Taurus Healthcare delivers the Social Prescribing service in Herefordshire on behalf of the Primary Care Networks (PCNs). The service enables healthcare professionals to link patients with all sorts of non-medical support. Working closely with colleagues in Herefordshire Council, it recognises that our health and well-being can be affected by a wide range of factors – including social, environmental and economic.
In the year since Social Prescribers were first introduced in late 2019:
Referrals have been received by the Social Prescribing service
Contacts have been made
Community groups have been connected with patients
Feedback received about the service from both patients and clinicians alike has been very positive, including:
“I thought you’d really like to know … that my patient thinks you are an absolute star and have helped him SO much :o) Big ‘up’ to Crista Gaunt! Virtual cuppa made for you.”
From a Herefordshire GP
"I think you helped push me in the right direction, doing more exercise at home and out walking has helped me a lot. Thank you."
"The support has gone above and beyond any expectations I might have had."
"I feel the support you have given me has brought me out of my dark hole. I am coping with things I couldn't do before. I have a new determination and it's all down to you."
"The advice given to me has been very useful, I no longer feel trapped I now feel I have a choice."
"Once I’d accessed the support of my social prescriber it opened up the doors for other support that is out there."
"It is very supportive and suggests ways to help me that I never even knew existed."
"I wouldn’t have had a clue about all of the help available to me if it wasn’t for this service."
“You made me see myself again and I haven’t done that for years. I was just a mum and now I am me again.”