If you’re not sure what services are out there to help you better manage your health condition or support you in improving your wellbeing, you may be interested in visiting the Surgery Signposter service.
What is the service?
The Surgery Signposter service operates from GP surgeries in Gosport and Fareham. You can visit the service for a 40 minute confidential session, with a trained Volunteer Surgery Signposter. The Signposter can talk to you in confidence and put you in touch with voluntary and community services in your area, that meet your individual needs. They can help with issues such as:
- Any newly or pre-diagnosed medical condition short or long term
- Coping with Dementia/Arthritis/COPD
- Dealing with isolation, depression and/or anxiety
- Parenting problems and services to help with children challenges
- Debt and/or housing issues that are affecting wellbeing
Which GP surgeries are offering the service?
The following surgeries are offering the service:
|Brune Medical Centre||Gosport Medical Centre|
|Phone 02392 794169
10 Rowner Road
Brune medical Centre
|Phone 02392 583302
Gosport Medical Centre
|Waterside Medical Centre||Westlands Medical Centre|
|Phone 02392 583344
Gosport, PO12 1BA
Waterside Medical Centre
|Phone 02392 377514
20b Westlands Grove
Fareham PO16 9AD
Westlands Medical Centre
Who is eligible for the service?
The service is for anyone living in Gosport, Fareham, Havant and Bordon. You do not need to be a patient of the surgeries offering the service.
Is there a cost for the service?
No, the service is completely free
How can the service be accessed?
You can make an appointment by calling one of the surgeries listed above and asking to see a Surgery Signposter.
Would you like to become a Volunteer Surgery Signposter?
If you are a warm yet professional person, who’d like to make a difference to people’s well-being, good interpersonal skills and 2-3 hours a week to spare, we would love to hear from you. Full training and induction provided as well as on-going supervision and support.
This rewarding role can make a real, tangible difference to the health of local residents!
To find out more or register your interest, please see our listing on Go Volunteer (link to be added).
Get in touch
If you would like to find out more about the Surgery Signposter Service, please contact the team on 02392 588347, or email:
Sally Bigham firstname.lastname@example.org
Alison McNulty sspGosport@gva.org.uk
Further information for Health Professionals
The Surgery Signposter Scheme is a 2-year pilot running in partnership between Gosport Voluntary Action and the NHS South East Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
The objective of the service is to help local people access the community organisations in their area, that can help them to lead a healthier and happier life. The Surgery Signposters support the clinical staff by dealing with the patients who have non-clinical issues which affect health and well-being such as debt, housing or loneliness, who might otherwise want to see a doctor.
Dr David Chilvers, CCG Clinical lead and GP at Waterside, said:
‘’As a GP I obviously do everything possible to diagnose illness and prescribe treatment, but helping patients feel good and get the most out of life is often about more than that.
As a GP I don’t unfortunately know details of all the many excellent organisations which provide help and lifelines to so many people in our community, but our trained Surgery Signposters do know about these groups, which is where they can make a huge difference.”
Find out more…
An introductory video to the project from Sally Bigham, Surgery Signposter Project Manager below: