BBC fea­tures Eden’s nat­u­ral ther­apy

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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

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