I wonder if contributors and readers of this Forum are aware of the term Social Prescribing? It is a referral scheme in primary care designed to shift the focus pf patient prescriptions from illness to wellness. It is a relatively new approach to meet complex needs, including respiratory and chronic breathing conditions. Social Prescribing (SP) can help provide psychosocial support for people whose needs are not being met within existing primary care services or who may be using services inappropriately.
SP parallels the emergence of the fusion between health and social care and is part of that development. I suffer from bronchiectasis and therefore, like many of you, have a long term relationship with my GPs and with the NHS. This may be just what I am looking for if, for example, my doctor can be persuaded to write me a prescription, for example, to attend a gym or gain access to pulmonary rehabilitation. I would be interested if anyone else has experience of this type of GP prescribing and would like to share it here with the rest of us.