Books on Prescription Launched in West Lothian

NHS Lothian and West Lothian Council's Library Services have launched 'Books on Prescription', an initiative aimed at supporting patients with a range of mental health problems. This innovative scheme allows GPs to prescribe a variety of reading material in addition to, or as an alternative to medicine prescription, to patients with emotional conditions such as anxiety, depression and stress.

All GPs in West Lothian have access to a range of appropriate reading materials to offer patients, including book lists for specific conditions, articles and self-help guides. Interested patients will be offered a list of suitable books by their GP which they can then take to their local library and borrow in the normal way.

David Kelly, Director of West Lothian Community Health and Care Partnership said:

"This is an excellent, innovative idea developed through working in partnership with our colleagues in West Lothian Council's Library Services. Many patients are keen to know more about their condition and this will allow patients to have a greater understanding of how they can also help themselves to aid their long-term recovery."

Graeme Morrice, Interim Chair of West Lothian Community Health and Care Partnership said:

"This is an exciting new initiative. Libraries are a key resource for the community and this scheme underlines the important role they play in supporting people. This will be a welcome addition to the wide ranging health and community services available."

All libraries in West Lothian will hold copies of the prescribed books.