The Practice works in partnership with Penumbra to help patients experiencing difficulties in their lives through the Community Links Programme. Patients may be referred to the Penumbra Links Worker by a GP if they feel this would be appropriate for their needs.
Penumbra have specialist knowledge of 3rd sector services in the East Lothian area, and can help patients to find the most appropriate service for their individual needs. Where a patient is referred to the Links Worker Programme by a GP an advisor from Penumbra will contact them to make an initial appointment. During this and follow-up appointments they will help identify and agree a course of action to address the problems that the patient feels are holding them back. For example, this could involve finding the right advice to deal with financial or housing issues, or could identify the appropriate service to help overcome problems with isolation and loneliness.
If you feel that a referral to the Links Worker Programme would be helpful to you, ask your GP for further information.
You can find more information on Penumbra by clicking on the link.