NHS to help pa­tients with debt

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff re­porter

Health staff in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang are be­ing en­cour­aged to iden­tify pa­tients who may be in fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties.

NHS La­nark­shire said this week they would re­mind staff of their duty at a time when in­creas­ing num­bers of peo­ple find them­selves in fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties as a re­sult of in­creased spend­ing over the fes­tive sea­son.

Money wor­ries not only have a fi­nan­cial im­pact on peo­ple but can also have a mas­sive health im­pact.

NHS La­nark­shire wel­fare re­form learn­ing and de­vel­op­ment ad­vi­sor Alison Dowl­ing said:“Many of us, de­spite our best ef­forts, over­stretch our­selves over the fes­tive sea­son .

“But for those on low or no in­comes this can be com­pounded as they don’t have the means to clear off debts.

“As a health pro­mot­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion, we want our staff to be aware of peo­ple in th­ese sit­u­a­tions and be equipped to sign­post or re­fer them to the rel­e­vant sup­port ser­vices which can help them.

“Many of our staff have re­ceived ben­e­fits aware­ness train­ing and can help sign­post peo­ple to where they can get sup­port deal­ing with money prob­lems.”

Any­one with money wor­ries, can visit www. north­la­nark­shire.gov.uk/your­money or phone 01698 403170.

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