Community hub will offer health advice at city library
A NEW community hub for all things health related will soon open to the public.
Plymouth City Council will unveil its new Health Zone at the city's main library at the start of next month.
The Health Zone will be unveiled at the Central Library on Monday October 1 with a day of events. It will bring together a range of organisations including the Citizens Advice Bureau, the Alzheimer's Society, Memory Clinic, MIND, NHS and Job Centre Plus.
The community hub will also offer a range of books on health conditions, information on health and social care, staff will help visitors find information and get on the internet and there will be health events and support group meetings.
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Cllr Sue McDonald, cabinet member for public health and adult social care, said: "This is the first step in making health advice and information more accessible to people.
"The Health Zone will be a fun and vibrant space where people can not only find health books and information but also enjoy health focussed events and join in with social and support groups which can be a lifeline."
The Health Zone is part of an initiative to create community hubs in libraries where people can find information and support and get help accessing information and services on the internet including the Plymouth Online Directory (POD).
Dr Peter Rudge, chair of the Western Locality of NHS North, East and West Devon Shadow Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "The Health Zone will bring together important services so people can improve their lifestyles and their health and wellbeing. As more libraries develop this work, the regular health information days will also put specialists within easy reach of communities."
For more information go to www.plymouth.gov.uk/healthandwellbeing.