A message from Dr Pauline Gage about HUG A MUG
Hello! As many of you will know, I have been a GP with Maryport Health Services since 2005. I have lived here for almost 17 years and I’m proud to be part of this great community.
As a GP, I have a privileged insight into the lives of so many patients, and as such I’m only too aware of the day to day issues which affect the health and well-being of our community. My role as a GP is to collect information, make a diagnosis, and along with my patient, formulate a management plan to hopefully aid recovery. This can include counselling, referral to secondary care, medication and regular follow up. However, financial problems, bereavement, isolation, social and housing problems to name but a few, can have a huge impact on our health and as GPs we are limited in the ways we can help. Many people who experience physical and psychological difficulties find that there are contributing factors which can make recovery more challenging. This is where the great volunteers at HUG A MUG can step in. This project brings together a wealth of experience and assistance for the people of Maryport and surrounding villages. It is a place to go for confidential, up to date information and guidance. It is a signposting service which will point you in the right direction for the help you need, providing a friendly ear and a hot cuppa. I would encourage anyone who may be struggling with any of these issues to come along and see the team - you have nothing to lose, and might just find that additional support and help you need.
I would also encourage any local businesses or individuals to contact HUG A MUG if you feel you have any skills or support to offer which can further champion this worthwhile project.
I’m a great supporter of any service which will help improve the quality of lives of the people of Maryport and I’m proud that our Practice is the base for such a worthwhile endeavour. Best of luck HUG A MUG!
Pauline Gage, GP