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GPs work to tackle loneliness wins our funding


A Kent scheme to bring people together for a cuppa and a chat has won a share of our grant funding after being nominated by GPs in our Montefiore Medical Centre building in Ramsgate.

The Grange Practice’s project plans to run a series of drop-in tea and chat sessions in the community as well as an afternoon tea party, a health barbeque in the summer and a Christmas get-together for patients who may be feeling isolated. Staff will volunteer to run the events, with the grant used to fund catering, venue hire and transport for patients who need help to get there.

In its nomination, the practice said: “Our existing monthly drop-in session already helps lonely patients with their mental health and mobility – and has also been shown to reduce unnecessary appointments for patients who may only come to see the nurse or GP each month for a chat.”