GPs to perscribe art and dance classes.

Art classes,ballroom dancing,history groups and football clubs.

All the above could soon be prescribed by your GP after plans were launched by NHS England as part of social subscribing.

Advisers will be recruited to work by the side of GP surgeries to link patients to community services in hopes that it will help patients deal with conditions like diabetes, dementia, loneliness and depression.

Evidence that taking part can help.

There is growing evidence that being part of an exercise or art group can help many conditions better than medication.

Doctors find that when patients get involved in something they love their blood pressure goes down, diabetes gets better, depression lifts

The plan is that by 2023-24 the social prescribing link workers will handle 900,000 patient appointments a year.


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