Read the Resurgence article here (Issue 307 March/April 2018)
Set up in 2014, Health Connections Mendip, the community development service at Frome Medical Practice, compiled a service directory of care providers and volunteers from health centres, local charities and other groups to provide support to people with poor health. These services range from attending to someone’s physical and emotional needs to assisting with the shopping, walking the dog or helping someone attend a confidence-boosting activity such as the local choir.
The town that’s found a potent cure for illness – Community (The Guardian, February 21st 2018)
Frome in Somerset has seen a dramatic fall in emergency hospital admissions since it began a collective project to combat isolation.
There are lessons for the rest of the country
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Frome leads the way in easing the NHS crisis (Frome Times, February 27th 2018
A PROJECT at Frome Medical Practice has been hailed in the national press as a blueprint for helping the NHS crisis, after figures revealed that it has reduced the number of emergency hospital admissions in the area.
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Somerset town could hold the key to reducing demand on hospital (ITV News, February 26th 2018)
A pioneering project in Frome, Somerset is using community groups and volunteers to break the debilitating cycle of loneliness and isolation. They found as people became more socially connected, emergency admissions to hospital also fell … dramatically.
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Somerset town could hold the key to reducing demand on hospital (ITV News Westcountry, February 26 2018)
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Somerset GPs show how new model of community support could reduce demand on hospital A&E – BBC Radio Somerset, February 26 2018)
A project run by a GP Practice in Frome says it is helping to ease the pressure on A&E Departments.
Frome Medical Practice co-ordinates everything a patient might need to get better, like delivering medicine to someone’s home or setting up a new group to get people active.
Listen to patients at a Frome Foot Clinic: BBC Radio Somerset