Residents urged to visit the sound doctor in Basildon and Brentwood

To support those with long term health conditions

A number of NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, including Basildon and Brentwood, are offering local residents free access to ‘The Sound Doctor’ – a library of patient education videos to support those with long term health conditions such as diabetes and dementia to live their lives to the full.

To access the videos, residents need to visit www.livewellcampaign.co.uk/sounddr. The website is run by local authority partners and contains wider advice/information to improve health and well being.

The content of Sound Doctor videos has been co-produced with clinical experts in their field and disease specific charities, such as Alzheimer’s Society, British Lung Foundation, and British Heart Foundation. All the material adheres to NICE guidelines.

The Sound Doctor was developed by Dominic Arkwright and Rosie Runciman – who both previously worked at BBC for over 20 years.

The films are free for the patients and their families to access and have been successfully used as part of individual patient care planning as well as being accessed through wider communications.

Dr Arv Guniyangodage, local GP and Chair of NHS Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “We are confident that The Sound Doctor films will be a very popular resource for our patients and carers. The videos are full of information covering a wide range of long term health conditions and will give the answers to the sort of questions people often forget to ask during a GP appointment. They will be able to view the films online at a time to suit themselves.”

Conditions covered by the Sound Doctor include diabetes, heart failure, COPD, back pain and weight management surgery.

All films are short and to the point, ranging from three to five minutes. The Sound Doctor bridges the gap in terms of easily accessible condition specific patient information in one place.

The films are aimed at patients, relatives, carers and anyone interested in knowing more about any of these conditions. Go to livewellcampaign.co.uk and enter your postcode. Follow the link to The Sound Doctor and select your GP practice from a drop down menu.

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