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Doctors set to offer novel advice
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It is hoped the project can be launched in October
GPs in Dundee are considering a plan to start "prescribing" self-help books to patients with mental health problems.

The move would see doctors recommending titles, as well as giving advice on local libraries and their opening times and loan periods.

The move has been backed by Dundee City Council and NHS Tayside, with the aim of launching it in October.

A series of health information points has already been set up at the 14 libraries across the city.

Under the scheme, patients who are not library members will be able to use their prescriptions to take out books.

Two health practices, near Blackness and Arthurstone libraries, have been taking part in a pilot of the project, funded by NHS Tayside.

Council leisure convener Chris Hind said: "Our library staff are already skilled in meeting information needs and will be fully trained in the administration of the scheme, as well as the need to ensure confidentiality and discretion."


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