Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Debt, homelessness, domestic violence: the GP practice acting as a one-stop shop

Debt, homelessness, domestic violence: the GP practice acting as a one-stop shop In Oldham, specialist nurses work with GPs to help tackle poor health, social isolation and deprivation

Lisa Baxter*, a mother of three from Oldham, was trapped with a violent partner, difficulties controlling her children, threats of homelessness and frightening debt. Her only ways of coping with her desperation were by abusing drugs and alcohol, and frequent appointments with her GP for antidepressants – until she was referred to community nurse, Ruth Chorley.

I don’t know what I would have done without Ruth. Without her, I think I would have had my children taken off me Continue reading... The Guardian

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