Choosing Wisely

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Choosing Wisely is a programme taking place at Frome Medical Practice. 

This video shares more about what we’ve been up to.

The whole Choosing Wisely programme has several parts to it.

Encouraging healthy lifestyles

There are many small changes we can make to our lifestyles that will have a positive impact on our health. This includes doing things such as:

  • Stopping smoking
  • Being more physically active / moving more (including active travel)
  • Healthier eating/eating well
  • Reducing stress
  • Drinking less alcohol

Check out Frome Medical Practice's webpages for more information and advice →

We’re also ensuring that there are many groups and resources available to help people make important changes to their health.

Check out the many options available on the Green Directory

Reducing the use of unnecessary medication

Frome Medical Practice’s medicines management team are looking at where the Practice may be over-prescribing medication to patients and where the use of different medications can be improved. Examples of this include:

  • switching to greener asthma inhalers
  • reducing the over-prescribing of antidepressants
  • reducing the over-prescribing of blood pressure medication (and encouraging changes to lifestyles instead)

The team are discussing any changes they think they can safely make to patients’ prescriptions with individual patients before changes are made.

Check out Frome Medical Practice's webpages for more information and advice →

Reducing unnecessary testing

There are a lot of areas in general practice where the team in Frome believe they can reduce testing without harming patient care.

The practice team will discuss this with all patients if it relates to any tests they are used to receiving.

Check out Frome Medical Practice's webpages for more information and advice →

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Meet the Choosing Wisely Team

Dr Helen Kingston

Dr Helen Kingston

Senior GP Partner, Frome Medical Practice

Tonnes of carbon emissions saved so far (equivalent to removing 55 cars from the road)

Access our Toolkits

In Spring 2023, we produced updated versions of our toolkits to share learnings from our development phase. We have the following toolkits available as downloadable A4 PDFs:

* Future Shed – Edventure Frome
* Storytelling – Edventure Frome
* Choosing Wisely – Frome Medical Practical
* Green Community Connectors - Frome Medical Practice
* Healthy Homes – Frome Town Council
* Cycle Together – Frome Town Council

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