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GP scheme to improve patient’s health and wellbeing wins funding


A cheshire scheme to support the elderly continuing to be part of the local community has won new grant funding after being nominated by local GPs.

GPs from Waters Green Medical Centre in Macclesfield submitted the project for a Healthy Communities Grant from Assura, the specialist property company which looks after their medical centre building.

Practices working in the company’s 550 buildings around the country were invited to put forward schemes which made a difference to health for their patients. Ageing Well works with people in Macclesfield to live well and stay well by promoting healthy lifestyles and promoting opportunities for socialisation, skill sharing, health education and emotional support.

Waters Green Medical Centre which is part of Macclesfield Primary Care Network said: The workshops will allow people living with frailty to receive necessary information and to learn about positive lifestyle changes. The workshops will be designed to help people get support that improves the quality of their lives and makes them as healthy and active as possible. Jonathan Murphy, CEO of Assura, said: “We hear so much in the media about the pressures facing the NHS due to loneliness – and it’s been particularly striking to see that theme running through many of these nominations. This is invaluable insight from GPs about the community projects which make the biggest difference to health for their patients, and we’re absolutely delighted to support them through our buildings.”