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PCT Article on Timebanking

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Primary Care Today (PCT) article about timebanking stating “Time banks based in GP practices are bridging the gap between social prescribing and primary care services, and revolutionising healthcare”.

Focusing on time banks in GP practices, both CEO Sarah Bird and Trustee Claire Tomkinson are quoted in the article. It states that timebanking can help lower the number of GP visits by removing the kind of visits that do not require medical attention. This is done by promoting a self-care agenda and helping people see what can do for themselves. This can help decrease visits due to health conditions that have been brought on by loneliness and isolation.

“When people know they’ve got a support network around them, they feel like they’re more able to stay at home. Because that’s what it’s all about: staying at home for as long as possible.” Sarah Bird, CEO Timebanking UK.