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Information event helping to improve community connections

27th October 2022

The Newry and District GP Primary Care Multidisciplinary Team, in partnership with the Southern Trust’s Promoting Wellbeing Division, facilitated a Community Connections Information Event in Annalong Community Centre.

Thirty-five agencies who offer services to those living in the Annalong, Kilkeel and Mournes area attended, sharing details of their services and networking with other agencies.  Attendees had the opportunity to explore what was available to them to help keep them healthy and connected and indeed win some fantastic prizes to support their health and wellbeing.

Denise Hall, Southern Trust First Contact Physiotherapy Lead said: “Following involvement with local patients, we planned this timely event together to bridge the gap of connecting patients locally to organisations that offer services to stay active, connected and supports for health and wellbeing. It also provided a welcome opportunity for those present to connect with the Primary Care Multidisciplinary Teams in this area.”

Dr Laurence Dorman, GP in Mourne Family Surgery, Kilkeel and Chair of RCGPNI said “it was great to see GP colleagues and practice staff attending to see how they can gather information to share with their patients. MDTs in GP practices help connect our surgeries to the incredible community resources available”.

Olive from ASK (Autism Support Kilkeel) said: “It was a great event and lovely to touch base with all the different groups and see how we can help each other. We would be very keen to be involved in future events.”