Adur and Worthing Praised for "Going Local" Project

Adur and Worthing Councils came in for praise at the West Sussex County Council meeting, on Friday 19th October. All three Councils are working together with the Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group (CWS CCG) as part of the "Going Local" project, which began as a two year pilot and now has secured funding until September 2020 at least. GPs from six participating surgeries across Adur and Worthing can refer patients to the project ih they think that non-medical problems may be impacting on their health, or they are attending Primary Care for non-medical reasons. Those referred are helped to identify solutions to the problems, ranging from housing, employment and financial worries to loneliness, bereavement and lifestyle issues. It is hoped the project will not only help people to improve their well-being, but also allow more time for those GPs to concentrate on patients with purely medical issues. On 4th September this year, the service passed a milestone when it accepted its 1000th referral.

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