Launch of one-stop shop health service starts in Portsmouth

The Somers Town Hub
The Somers Town Hub
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  • Wellbeing workers will provide help for stop-smoking, weight-loss, alcohol-reduction and wellbeing in one place
  • Four teams will cover Portsmouth
  • At the moment only GP referrals are available
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A SCHEME giving people access to a range of different health services in one place is being rolled out today.

Portsmouth City Council has officially launched the Wellbeing Service.

After a pilot scheme at the Somers Town hub, the service is now being offered across the city.

A wellbeing worker will be on hand to provide support on smoking, alcohol, healthy weight and emotional wellbeing.

At the moment only GPs can refer people to the service.

Service manager Gethin Jones said: ‘The creation of the service is based on several factors.

‘Research shows more than 70 per cent of people have more than one unhealthy behaviour so a service that can treat these together makes sense.

‘Research with residents also revealed they’d prefer a one-stop shop for getting help to address unhealthy behaviours rather than having to attend multiple services.

‘This integrated approach has already been taken up by other authorities to great effect so, most importantly, we know it can work well.’

The team consists of 27 wellbeing workers who have been trained to help people with multiple health issues.

So if a person wanted help losing weight and to stop smoking, rather than being directed to two separate services it would be provided by the same wellbeing worker.

There are four teams that will work from various GP and community centre sites.

They are north, central, south and mobile.

Services PompeyQuit, Solutions4Health and Mytime Active have stopped.

Eight PompeyQuit roles have gone, but Solent NHS Trust, which ran the service, said its working with the people affected to get a new job.

Seventeen people were affected from Mytime Active.

A Solent NHS Trust spokesman said: ‘We are working closely with eight valued members of our team to explore employment options available.

‘Already, we have found an alternative role for one our colleagues.’

The current alcohol interventions team has been added into the service.