Portuguese Doctor Exchange

Breaking down barriers to Health

Building on his interests in international medicine, Dr Sharma invited a GP – Dr Cristiano Figueiredo – from Portugal to the Grantham Practice in April 2015 to observe how doctors work in the community here.

Not only did he take valuable lessons back to Lisbon, but he also helped us set up an education day at the local Portuguese Community Speaking Centre. From this has developed an exciting project that Dr Sharma now leads with NHS Lambeth looking at how we can better reach people in the community who need healthcare but due to challenges such as language or isolation are unable to get it. Initially focusing on the Portuguese community it is hoped that what we learn will be then applied to other groups within Lambeth. <\p>

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