Pilates not pills – GPs eager to prescribe social activities not drugs

PUBLISHED: 07:01 11 October 2018

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Hertfordshire GPs are leading the way in prescribing patients social activities rather than drugs, the body which plans and pays for health services in our region says.

At the East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s AGM, Health Minister Matt Hancock’s support of the NHS getting more patients into exercise or social activites instead of prescribing drugs was embraced.

About 20 per cent of GP time is spent with people whose lifestyle, loneliness or worries are making them ill.

At the AGM, Herts GP Marie-Anne Essam gave real life examples of how social prescribing – replacing medication with practical support – can change lives.

Doctor Prag Moodley, a Stevenage GP and the CCG’s chairman, said: “We are raising awareness of community-based health and wellbeing schemes and referring patients to exercise classes and weight loss and stop smoking schemes.”

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