New Advice Service for Leys Health Centre patients

Are you a patient at the Leys Health Centre? Do you think problems with benefits or debt might be affecting your health? If so, Agnes Smith Advice Centre may be able to help.

It’s hard to feel well when you’re worried about making ends meet, or you aren’t getting all your benefits. Agnes Smith Advice Centre has launched a new Advice for Better Health service, offering appointments for Leys Health Centre patients with our adviser, Sheena Crozier, at the Clockhouse or the Farmhouse in Greater Leys, close to the surgery.

An Advice for Better Health appointment can help sort out benefits, debt and housing issues, and stop them affecting your health. The appointment is tailored to your needs, but may include helping you to claim your full benefit entitlement, dealing with debts, helping with housing problems, applying for a charitable grant or topping up gas and electric pre-payment meters in a crisis.

It can be hard to face up to every-day problems when you are not in good health, but Sheena’s calm, friendly approach will soon put you at ease and can help take the pressure off you, so you can focus on improving your health.

Advice Centre Manager, Mandy Richards, said, ‘We know people with health problems may find it difficult to come to the Advice Centre or queue at a drop-in session. This new service offers Leys Health Centre patients the chance to see an adviser on an appointment, at a convenient location near to the surgery, without needing to queue at the Advice Centre. We hope to roll out the service to other local GP surgeries in the future.’

Leys News acknowledges support and financial assistance from : A2 Dominion, Catalyst Communities Housing Association, Green Square, Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire Community Grants, The Blackbird Leys Parish Council.