Too many sick of being poor
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