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Pilot signposting service for rural GP practices

Families who live in villages around Bishops Waltham and Wickham are set to benefit from a new support service.

Surgery Signposting is a joint project between NHS West Hampshire CCG, Action Hampshire and the Winchester City Council Supporting Families Programme to support families in the Meon Valley.

The Surgery Signposter is working alongside GPs and practice nurses to connect families with local support, and provide the practical support necessary to help people access those resources.

Jenny Erwin, Acting Director of Commissioning at NHS West Hampshire CCG, said: “We’re really excited to be working with Action Hampshire and the two GP Practices in the Meon Valley.

“The Surgery Signposting will help local people find services that support them and family’s needs by acting as a ‘bridge’ for patients.”

Kirsty Rowlinson from Action Hampshire said: “As far as we know, this is the first time that such a service has been piloted in a very rural area.  Access to services is always tricky in rural Hampshire, and we’re excited to be helping to find potential solutions. 

“I’m also delighted that we’re focussing on young people. Our service should dovetail nicely with the existing support services for local older people.”

The pilot is due to last until March 2018.  

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