ALMOST 25 health professionals – GPs, nurses, care assistants and administrative staff – from the Lyme Regis and Charmouth GP practices visited last week’s Care Links Lyme event.
Held at Lyme Regis Medical Centre on April 26, the event saw health professionals meeting with practitioners and volunteers from more than 20 organisations that give residents non-clinical support.
Some help people to keep fit and healthy, so easing the pressure on GP appointments, while others offer a range of therapies for those with mild physical, emotional or mental health issues. Groups that support those with chronic medical conditions, or offer care to the elderly, were also present, as well as agencies that give practical, legal and financial advice.
The event also included two drop-in sessions for members of the public to meet those who could help them with health conditions.
LymeForward, which arranged the event, was pleased by the meeting of minds between staff of local surgeries and the people who assist their work.
Chris Boothroyd, from LymeForward’s Health & Wellbeing group, said: “It was a vibrant day. Everyone seemed to learn something new about what others do, and how they can work together in the interests of patients. Many of the visiting organisations are based in Bridport or Dorchester, and it’s good to see their growing appreciation of the needs in Lyme and Charmouth.”
Mr Boothroyd paid tribute to the generosity of Lyme Regis Medical Centre in making spaces available during a normal working day, and to the help given by the staff there, and thanked Healthwatch Dorset which has provided a grant to help the continuing work of Care Links Lyme.