Too many sick of be­ing poor

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CAB man­ager Joe McCormack said: “There is a lot of re­search which shows that GPs are hav­ing to deal with is­sues which are caused by so­cial prob­lems.

“The GP can only deal with the med­i­cal side but that doesn’t solve what is caus­ing the prob­lem and that is where we will try to help.

“For ex­am­ple, it could be a child who has asthma but it is be­ing caused as they have damp­ness in their house which is not be­ing dealt with.

“Or it could be some­one who is suf­fer­ing from anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion due to prob­lems at work or with debt.

“If they are strug­gling we can help with the so­cial fac­tors.”

Al­though the Out­reach point is based in the Oakview prac­tice it is not lim­ited to Oakview pa­tients and the CAB will have ac­cess to con­sult­ing rooms to en­sure con­ver­sa­tions are kept pri­vate.

Joe added: “We want to take the ser­vice to where peo­ple need it.

“Hav­ing it in the surgery makes it eas­ier for peo­ple to come to us for help.

“We are mak­ing ev­ery ef­fort to be as ac­ces­si­ble as pos­si­ble and we are al­ready look­ing at the po­ten­tial for fur­ther out­reach points.”

Vi­tal ser­vice Joe McCormack

Ad­vice Brid­gend House on Dum­bar­ton High Street

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