Proud of our Practice: Kids serve up what the Dr ordered
Dr Mike Hearne is Pulse's latest Proud of Our Practice winner for his scheme which involves inviting elderly patients to a local school for lunch.
Dr Hearne, a GP in rural Fownhope, Herefordshire, came up with the idea as a way of tackling social isolation among elderly patients.
Dr Hearne said: 'Getting them out of the house to talk and interact, particularly with kids, is the key thing.
'Also, they often don't want to cook for themselves and they get a good balanced meal which a lot of elderly folk miss out on.'
His patients are particularly fond of the village school's roast dinner and get to enjoy the company of youngsters, who wait on their tables.
Dr Hearne is in talks with Jarvis, which provides the school's catering, about the possibility of a meals-on-wheels service.
He said: 'I think surgeries are going to have to be more involved with communities in the future.'