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A new service has launched in Doncaster that aims to support the physical health and wellbeing of people who have a serious mental illness (SMI).

GPs across the borough and mental health staff at Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) are working together to provide Physical Health and Wellbeing Clinics throughout Doncaster.

The aim of this new service is to support and encourage patients, currently on the SMI register to live healthier lifestyles. In addition, the service will support antipsychotic monitoring for patients who are prescribed antipsychotics by primary care.   

Andrea Little, Team Leader (RDaSH), said: “This new service means that we can reach out to this vulnerable group of people to help them to overcome some of the barriers that they may face when accessing health services.

“We take a holistic approach to support both their mental illness and physical health.”

The service consists of multidisciplinary teams working in primary care settings and community hubs located in Conisbrough, Thorne and central Doncaster.

The service is led by Primary Care Doncaster Ltd and Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) in collaboration with Doncaster Local Medical Committee.