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« on: August 23, 2022, 06:58:47 am »

DfT» (Department for Transport - about) press release yesterday
Walking, wheeling and cycling to be offered on prescription in nationwide trial

Doctors haven't shown great interest in social prescribing that I am aware off. This will also require there to be some decent infrastructure, wouldn't want to prescribe somebody's death warrant.
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    Bath and North East Somerset

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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2022, 07:45:04 am »

Does the prescription include the two wheels if you haven’t got a pair?
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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2022, 08:35:29 am »

It says ‘free bike loans’ in the press release.

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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2022, 11:37:09 am »

Seeing as Bath and North East Somerset's on the list, we can have:

"Combe Down Tunnel: available on prescription."

GPs to stamp the prescription with an image of a Bath to Midford token, patient to take the prescription to both the Royal Oak on Bath's Lower Bristol Road and then to the Hope and Anchor, Midford who are instructed to countersign the image and record the visit in the log.

The patient may *not* be issued with pork scratchings at any time, but the pub staff should check that the level in their glass is appropriate, and if not issue decalcified water or a tannin-rich* hot drink.


*I never knew that tea, or, rather, tannin, was good for steam loco boilers.
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« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2022, 10:12:29 am »

Cycling UK (United Kingdom) are going to deliver some of the schemes, in Bradford, Leeds and Suffolk
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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2022, 12:11:54 pm »

I don't think the pharmacy I regularly get my prescriptions from has room on their shelves for bicycles! Tongue

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« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2022, 01:16:37 pm »

How will walking  be offered "on prescription"? Ever the pedant, I find that a definition of a prescription is "an instruction written by a medical practitioner that authorizes a patient to be issued with a medicine or treatment", though it could be said that "my GP prescribed [ie recommended] a complete rest" (at the patient's expenses and at no cost to the state).

Walking requires only sensible footwear and clothing, and the patient will probably already have the latter - and it's easily done almost anywhere. Cycling requires awareness of how to ride safely and how to secure and maintain one's bike. There are parts of Reading where the road conditions do not encourage rides from home.
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