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Get on board the health bus

Wednesday, 09 July, 2014
Get on board the health bus

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is hitting the road around North Tyneside this week offering people health MOTs – with an eye-catching ‘Health Check Bus’.

Northumbria Healthcare is working in partnership with Pfizer Limited to offer local people a free health check on a specially-designed bus.

The health bus will be travelling to locations across the borough until Friday 23 August bringing health screening services to local people.

Members of the public can find out how to make some simple lifestyle changes to improve their health, such as eating more healthily, increasing activity levels, reducing alcohol intake or stopping smoking.

It is being staffed by NHS public health nurses from Northumbria Healthcare who can offer free screening and expert help and advice, with support from sexual health promotion staff and health trainers who have first-hand knowledge of making changes to adopt a healthier lifestyle to feel fitter.

Staff on the bus will offer a range of quick and easy free checks for blood pressure, cholesterol, carbon monoxide and body mass index with instant results. Young  people aged 15 to 24 can take a simple and discrete test for Chlamydia and gonorrhoea – two of the most common sexually-transmitted infections – and get advice on reducing the risk of catching an infection.

Barbara McElory, public health nurse at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “We are here encouraging people to have regular health checks, like blood pressure, cholestoral and BMI.

“We can also offer you support to stop smoking, which is one of the most important things you can do to improve your health. And we’ve got lots of information about the range of services and support available for a healthier lifestyle.”

The bus will be visiting:

Venue

  • Monday 19 August, Asda, Hadrian Road, Wallsend, NE28 6HH, 9am to 5pm
  • Tuesday 20 August, Asda, Whitley Road, Benton, NE12 9NH, 9am to 5pm
  • Wednesday 21 August, Tesco, Norham Road, North Shields, NE29 7UJ, 9am to 5pm
  • Thursday 22 August, Aldi, Tynemouth Road, Howdon, NE28 0EB, 9am to 5pm
  • Friday 23 August, Beacon Centre, Bedford Street, North Shields, NE29 6RX. 9am to 5pm

Patrick Price, senior manager for public health at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We’re taking the Health Check Bus out into the community this week to reach as many people as possible, encouraging them to improve their health and wellbeing with the team’s support. Our team is friendly and helpful and we’d encourage anybody to come to the bus and have a chat face-to-face.”

Alternatively people living in North Tyneside can get help and information from the specialist health promotion service, by ringing 0191 270 4510. They can also visit: www.northumbria.nhs.uk/healthlyliving


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