Newry and Mourne CAB ‘Advice 4 Health Project’

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Friday, June 22nd, 2012
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Through funding from the Public Health Agency, Newry and Mourne Citizens Advice Bureau have set up an Advice 4 Health Project in Daisy Hill Hospital with an aim to reducing poverty and tackling disadvantage by providing advice and guidance on a range of issues, in particular, benefit entitlement, health and social care services, housing, employment, debt and money management. Speaking to Newry Times, Rosemarie McDonnell, Manager of Citizens Advice stated, “As a result of working with our partners, we have been able to provide information and advice to a range of patients in the hospital. Citizens Advice frees up time spent by Health Care Professionals on patients’ social problems leaving them time to concentrate on medical matters.” Clients receive a full assessment of their circumstances, in order to identify missing benefit entitlement and this will in turn lead to assistance with completion of claim forms, where appropriate, providing advocacy in terms of negotiating with third parties and tribunal representation. Clients will also be signposted and referred to a range of other services. Vulnerable clients (referred by health and social care professionals) who are unable to leave their home due to disability or illness, will receive a home visit by the CAB Advisor. Gerry Bleakney, Head of Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement Team, Southern area, for the Public Health Agency stated, “The Public Health Agency has a lead role in improving health and well-being and reducing health inequalities. We know that people experiencing poverty and social disadvantage have higher rates of ill health. This scheme will allow health and social care professionals to refer clients in need to the Advice 4 Health Worker, based in Daisy Hill Hospital who will help them to gain their entitlements, reducing poverty and its extremely detrimental effect on health and well-being.” For help or advice please contact Newry and Mourne Citizens Advice Bureau on (028) 3026 9224.  
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