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My work is about how can I help.’Giving the patients the tools they need to take control is central to his approach.
As well as cooking classes, Dr Hendow set up an exercise and dance class at the health centre where the surgery is based.‘It was to get patients’ joints moving — dancing, working out at a level they could do. Friendship groups were formed and we arranged for them to join gyms at a discount price and buy the stretch bands to do exercises at home.’auxiliary nurse Jeannette Till and her husband Noel, a warehouse worker, joined both classes.
They’re not a solution and only offer the breathing space to stabilise a person while they think a problem through.’ Dr Hendow brought in psychiatric nurse Matt Leathwood, who voluntarily comes to the surgery twice a week to see patients Dr Hendow thinks will benefit from speaking with him.‘We had one lady who suffered stress and anxiety from work issues and was off sick for four months.
A private company provided a chef and equipment for free, while the local council funded the food.
Dr Hendow himself ‘got discounts by buying from local butchers and greengrocers rather than supermarkets’.‘Many of my patients did not know the value of home-cooked food,’ he explains.
Dr Gabriel Hendow is the GP who does all this — and more.
At the age of 72, he single-handedly cares for 2,600 patients in his thriving practice in a deprived area of East Yorkshire.