The future of medicine

Our current medical model is broken- it is unsustainable and being part of it is really tough. Patients struggle to be heard and healthcare workers struggle to meet escalating expectations in a poorly resourced system. Society has lost touch with its soul and we are all living more and more isolated lives. There is hope with growing numbers of medics trying to fight back against the medicalisation of life’s ups and downs. Taking responsibility for ourselves and others is key. And compassion

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by Becca Hall
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Created on 31 Oct 2019

https://healthconnectionsmendip.org/

This is database of all the things going on in Mendip that might be of use to people attending their GPs. It’s not comprehensive but it’s a good start. So , when I’m sitting in my surgery with my miserable and lonely patient rather than prescribe pills I can explore what might interest them locally. They may not yet feel up to engaging with the world so they can see a health coach 1 to 1 who will sit down with them, listen and make a plan.  They can set some modest goals and make a realistic plan with the coach who will see them again the following week to check progress. 

This is what we are doing in Frome. It’s incredibly cost effective and patient empowering.  It’s called social prescribing and is a very rewarding and sustainable way to practice medicine. 

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