Books on Prescription
Read yourself to better health- Your GP can now
prescribe a range of specially selected books to help with
psychological problems. Ask your GP or health worker about our
books on prescription service. Exchange your book prescription at
your local library.
Read yourself to better health
on Prescription is aimed at helping people with mild to moderate
psychological problems. The scheme involves a GP, practice
counsellor, or community health worker prescribing a book that
addresses the problem.
Worcestershire County Council Libraries and Learning Service is
working in partnership with Worcestershire NHS, to provide quality
self-help information to enable you to manage your health through
reading. A prescription for a recommended book is issued by your
doctor or other health professional, and can be exchanged for the
book at your local Worcestershire library*, free of charge.
The book prescribed will be loaned to you for an initial
three-week period. If you need the book beyond this time, you may
find that the loan can be renewed, but you should check with the
library. All of the recommended books are currently in print should
you wish to buy your own copy. Please be aware that books returned
beyond the due date are subject to overdue fines.
The book you have been prescribed has been recommended by people
who have used it previously and found it helpful. Like other
'self-help' methods, it will need some effort on your part. You
might wish to set aside some special regular time to read the book
and to follow any advice or instructions it contains.
Please treat the book as you would any other library book and do
not mark or write on it. If the book includes 'exercises' or
questionnaires, please make your own copy of the material and use
this copy for your work.
The Books on Prescription scheme is now available across all 21
service points, plus the four mobile libraries.
Life Channel Campaign
Now in 40 GP practices around Worcestershire, the plasma screens
show a series of short lifestyle programmes while you're in the
Public Health, NHS Worcestershire’s latest campaign was for
World Mental Health Day on 10th October 2010. The day promotes more
open discussion of illnesses and investments in prevention and
treatment services. In support of this, the clip promotes our local
services available to help improve mental health and wellbeing
through Books on Prescription and Wellness Works.
For more information on Wellness Works visit the
Wellness Works website.
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This page was last reviewed 22 February 2012 at 11:35.
The page is next due for review 20 August 2013.