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Talking health on a street near you

GPs and health staff will be taking to the streets of east Suffolk tomorrow as part of the annual Feet on the Street event.
The event is an opportunity for local people to have their say on healthcare issues and talk face to face with local GPs and staff members from NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Feet on the Street is taking place on Tuesday July 30 in Ipswich, Felixstowe, Leiston, Woodbridge, Hadleigh and Stowmarket from 10 a.m. – 12 noon.

This year’s event has two main themes up for discussion – the first is social prescribing, which enables GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to non-clinical services. Social prescribing recognises that people’s health is determined by a wide range of factors such as social, economic and environmental and aims to address their needs in a holistic way. Social prescribing projects have already taken off in a big way across east Suffolk and those stopping by at a Feet on the Street location will be able to find out more about them, how to get involved and how they could help improve their health and wellbeing.

People will also have the opportunity to learn more on how purchasing over the counter medicines from the local pharmacy is often a quicker alternative to making a GP appointment. Pharmacists are experts on medicines and their advice can be accessed conveniently and without an appointment. People can better understand what medicines are available on NHS prescription and how the GP practice is not always the most appropriate place to go for help and advice.

Louise Hardwick, the CCG’s Head of Primary Care Partnerships, who will be joining GPs on the day, said: “Our GPs and staff really look forward to this event as it is an effective way of gathering feedback and people’s views on local services, a chance for them to ask questions as well as meet some of the people with the responsibility for commissioning health care services across east Suffolk.

“Although we have two main topics of conversation, all aspects of healthcare are up for discussion, so do please drop by tomorrow.”

Feet on the Street locations

Ipswich – Corner of Norwich Road and Barrack Lane

Woodbridge – High Street

Felixstowe – Leisure Centre

Leiston – Co-op

Hadleigh – High Street

Stowmarket – Museum of East Anglian Life


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