Ramsgate GP practice wins grant to help tackle loneliness with cuppa and chat project

Tea and chat at Montefiore Medical Centre

A Thanet scheme to bring people together for a cuppa and a chat has won grant funding after being nominated by isle GPs.

Doctors from the Grange Practice at Montefiore Medical Centre in Ramsgate submitted the project for a Healthy Communities Grant from Assura, the specialist property company which looks after their medical centre building.

Practices working in the company’s 550 buildings around the country were invited to put forward schemes which made a difference to the health of their patients. The Grange Practice project plans to run a series of drop-in tea and chat sessions in the community as well as an afternoon tea party, a health barbecue in the summer and a Christmas get-together for patients who may be feeling isolated.

Staff will volunteer to run the events, with the grant used to fund catering, venue hire and transport for patients who need help to get there.

In its nomination, the practice said: “Our existing monthly drop-in session already helps lonely patients with their mental health and mobility – and has also been shown to reduce unnecessary appointments for patients who may only come to see the nurse or GP each month for a chat.”

Jonathan Murphy, CEO of Assura, said: “We hear so much in the media about the pressures facing the NHS due to loneliness – and it’s been particularly striking to see that theme running through many of these nominations. This is invaluable insight from GPs about the community projects which make the biggest difference to health for their patients, and we’re absolutely delighted to support them through our buildings.”


  1. How will the surgery be measuring the difference which these sessions have on the patients who attend them?

  2. My wife tried to get an appointment with them this week at was put into triage. She has been suffering from exma for years and it has now got to the unbearable stage all over her body put instead of seeing her they thought it would be good to prescribe blind. In my view this is poor practice deliverd by a poor practice

  3. There are some wonderful staff at this practice but it’s the longest you’ll ever wait to see your GP. Usually 3 or 4 weeks and that’s for a phone appointment. The chances of seeing your GP in person are remote, unless you choose to take up an emergency slot which often is a waste but usually is the only option and even then not your usual GP. This is a wonderful grant and project and I hope it succeeds.

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