Meet Mr Robbie Henry from Galashiels. Since losing his wife Mr Henry’s health had deteriorated badly. As well has having to manage his Chronic Obstructive Pulmorary Disease (COPD), Mr Henry was also overweight with mobility issues. He was finding it difficult to get up in the morning, and in general not taking very good care of himself.
He was offered dedicated one to one advice and support which helped him to talk things through and empower him to make the necessary changes towards a healthier lifestyle. In a very short space of time this has had a profound effect on Mr Henry’s life.
Primary care is traditionally defined as ‘services provided by GP practices, dental practices, community pharmacies and high street optometrists’- basically your first point of contact with a health professional. In Mr Henry’s community services are available to empower people to take control of their health and wellbeing in a way that is individual to them, allows them to stay at home and avoid hospital.
In your community, what do you think needs to be in place to make sure people in primary care- GPs, dentists, practice nurses, pharmacists, optometrists- can make sure people are getting the care they need in the right place and at the right time and in the community?
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