Viewpoint sheltered housing complex to host Edinburgh’s first Health Hub

ViewpointViewpoint has been awarded a grant of £22,000 from the Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation to set up Edinburgh’s first Health Hub within its sheltered housing complex at Abbeyhill.

The Hub will allow older, frail people to have their health checks carried out within the complex, in private, with the support of a nurse.

The aim is to free up GP surgery appointments, lead to less GP call outs and emergency admissions to hospital. This will be possible by monitoring long term conditions with new technology.

Any recorded change in someone’s health is recognised by surgery staff and tenants will be contacted by their GP to have the opportunity to have a video consultation. Retired former NHS staff who live at the complex have volunteered to help encourage hard to reach tenants to attend the Hub.

Viewpoint’s CEO, Dorry McLaughlin, said “Our tenants have told us that they very much support this idea. We are delighted to be working with health and social care colleagues to set up this Hub and we hope that this will be a model for the future providing both a personal service to tenants and allow them to remain at home longer as they age.”

The Hub will also offer opportunities to work with health colleagues to jointly promote health initiatives for older people.

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