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BAB is a partnership of individuals and organisations working together to reduce isolation and loneliness among older people in Bristol.
This project is run by Age UK Bristol and Bristol Community Health
The clinic is a weekly drop-in clinic for patients with lower leg wounds, who may also benefit from coming to a more relaxed community/social setting, rather than going to their GP surgery.
Patients who would normally receive treatment for their wounds at home or at a GP surgery are referred to the clinic, moving them away from a standard clinical setting to a combined sociable community setting. Previous research suggests that patients who attend community clinics like these tend to see their wounds heal more quickly, and evidence of this has been seen with this project.
On arrival patients are welcomed by volunteers who offer them hot drinks, cake and an opportunity to chat about their week. If patients need additional support then Age UK Bristol staff offer assistance through their services or signpost them to another appropriate organisation. Guests are also invited to attend clinic and these are typically people who are running activities/projects/services locally that may benefit people at the clinic.
The aim of the project is to support those attending during their time receiving treatment, and also to raise their awareness of what is happening locally and encourage them to take part in local activities beyond their involvement in the clinic.
You can get in touch with any questions about this project by calling the Age UK Bristol reception on 0117 929 7537 or by email email@example.com. In order to be referred to the clinic you will need to be a patient at one of the following surgeries: Crest Family Practice, Grange Road Surgery, Hartwood Healthcare, Hillview Family Practice, The Lennard Surgery, The Merrywood Practice.
In 2016, BAB worked with Bristol Community Health and Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group to find ways of engaging isolated and lonely older people through primary care. We commissioned Community Webs to focus on Gp surgeries and wanted to do something that would build on the excellent work of community and district nurses
Since reaching the end of BAB funding, the clinic has secured funding from The Anchor Society for another year.
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