After Kay O’Brien’s husband had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, she found that she was getting increasingly stressed. Kay decided to visit her local GP for support where she heard about a new scheme called Surgery Signposters. Kay has always been keenly involved with charities and volunteering and when the roles were reversed she didn’t know where to turn, however Surgery Signposters gave her very valuable information and support. Kay was directed to Doug Foster who helped her through this difficult time in her life.
Surgery Signposters is a free and confidential scheme to help people with their overall wellbeing. The volunteers or “sign posters” are based at the Waterside Medical Centre in Gosport and the service is open to all residents in the community. This initiative was launched to help the community talk about their issues and learn how to deal with them effectively. It works by physically signposting people to a wide range of voluntary services.
Kay said, “Following my experience, if I came across anyone who had a relative that had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, I would highly recommend Surgery Signposters. The help they have given me has been so invaluable.” Prior to attending her first appointment Kay was feeling depressed, but afterwards she walked out feeling relieved and realised there was help out there.
Aside from supporting people in need, other benefits of this project are reducing the number of people needing to visit their GP in order to get held.