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West Suffolk Council-backed LifeLink scheme saves NHS 'hundreds of thousands'

More than 500 people have used a health project since its launch in west Suffolk last April, saving the NHS hundreds of thousands.

West Suffolk Council launched LifeLink alongside Suffolk County Council and the Government as a way of connecting individuals with some health issues to services that can help them - while, where appropriate, preventing a trip to a GP surgery.

LifeLink staff have helped people with health problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder, loneliness, and anger by linking them with partner organisations like counsellors and financial planners.

John Griffiths, Leader of West Suffolk Council
John Griffiths, Leader of West Suffolk Council

West Suffolk Council Leader John Griffiths said: “The vast majority referred to LifeLink see improvements to their wellbeing. (They) are (also) more motivated and better equipped to look after their own physical and mental health. That in turn has huge potential in terms of achieving better and more sustained outcomes for people.

“It also helps in saving the NHS money by reduced demand for appointments and medicines.”

For more information, visit: www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/community/lifelink

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