SOCIAL PRESCRIBERS ARE HERE TO HELP

East Croydon Medical Centre and Edridge Road Community Health Centre are proud to have two dedicated social prescribers as part of the team.

Social prescribing is a way for local agencies to refer people to a link worker. Link workers give people time, focusing on ‘what matters to me’ and taking a holistic approach to people’s health and wellbeing. They connect people to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support.

Social prescribing works for a wide range of people, including people:
*  with one or more long-term conditions
*  who need support with their mental health
* who are lonely or isolated
* who have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing.

The social prescribers for both East Croydon Medical Centre and Edridge Road are Geeta Shah and James Moore.

Geeta Shah has been working as a Social Prescriber with East Croydon Medical Centre since Aug 2019. In this role she has been guiding people in remaining active by joining local activities, support them with benefits, referral to social services for care needs and equipment assessments and a lot more. Prior to this Geeta has been supporting and signposting people with non-clinical needs for a number of years. She has been a Carer for her elderly relatives, but also worked as a Befriender Co-ordinator and a Personal Independence Co-ordinator with a large charitable organisation supporting people to remain independent as long as possible.

If you feel you need support or would like to discuss social issues, then, please contact James or Geeta on (surgery number) or via email – social.prescriber@nhs.net"