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A practice in Liverpool has employed the services of a reader in residence to run weekly reading groups with patients.

GPs can refer patients to the groups at the Vauxhall surgery and an outreach group in sheltered accommodation. Patients can also book appointments direct with reader in residence Kate McDonnell, who reads aloud to patients and discusses their thoughts on the books.

GP Dr David Lewis heard about the Get into Reading project, which started in Wirral, and decided to invite a reader to have a year-long residence in the first scheme of its kind.

'People may have a variety of health problems but it's primarily about maintaining good mental health,' Ms McDonnell said. Patients have reported it helps them with relaxation and can also aid self-esteem.

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