BBC features Eden’s natural therapy
The Eden Project’s pioneering social prescribing programme was the focus of Thursday night’s BBC One health series Holding Back the Years – and can be viewed again on the BBC iPlayer.
Social prescribing is a process which allows GPs to refer patients to a range of local nonclinical services such as social clubs and nature-based activities, in the same way they would prescribe medication.
Eden runs a series of social prescribing programmes, under the banner of Eden on Prescription, including walking groups, lunch clubs and horticultural therapy.
TV doctor and author Dr Rangan Chatterjee visited Eden to spend time with its diabetes walking group to discuss the health and social benefits its members have felt in getting regular exercise at Eden.
He interviewed Eden’s development director Dan James, walking group member Frida Peake and Hayley Burgoyne, social prescribing facilitator at St Austell Healthcare, who refer patients to Eden on Prescription programmes.
Dan James said: “We believe that social prescribing has the potential to be a vital part of healthcare and can reduce people’s reliance on medication and need for medical appointments and hospital care.”
Dr Rangan Chatterjee with members of the Eden on Prescription walking groups