GP prescribes patients self-help books
Dr Jacqueline Gantley is taking part in a scheme to prescribe self-help books to patients with mental health problems.
GPs in Cardiff are issuing 'prescriptions' for books that cover a range of problems, including social anxiety, phobias, shyness, depression, obsession and panic.
The prescriptions contain a number the librarian can use to identify the book to avoid any embarrassment. GPs can also specify for how long the patient should borrow the book. 'I went to a local library recently and nearly all the books were out,' Dr Gantley said.
'What it's doing is giving an alternative to drug treatment or a referral to secondary care.'