All aboard for a free health MOT, courtesy of whg
Published by kerri smith for whg in Housing and also in Communities
Chris Walker carries out a health check on whg customer David Killian outside Bloxwich Memorial Club, Harrison Street.
Hundreds of Walsall residents will be getting a free health MOT this month thanks to a campaign championed by leading social landlord whg.
whg has spearheaded the project to take healthcare into the community, in partnership with its major works contractor Wates Living Space and NHS Walsall.
A specially adapted minibus is stopping off at various locations across the borough this month to encourage people to make the most of the service.
The ‘Get On Board With Your Health’ initiative has been funded by Wates Giving, a charitable programme run by the Wates family, owners of the Wates Group. Wates Giving invests in projects with long-term community benefits which are proposed by Wates employees.
It is the second time Wates has supported the project, which previously carried out more than 200 health checks on residents in October 2010.
Medical professionals will carry out check-ups to assess height, weight, Body Mass Index, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, plus heart and lung function.
Each patient receives a full report on the state of their health and any relevant advice about whether they should visit their GP or how to access further services, such as getting help to give up smoking or guidance on healthy eating.
whg’s NOW Community Champions will also be on board the bus to give advice and support to members of the public.
Julie Elwell, NOW Capacity Building Officer at whg, said: “Last time the health bus did the rounds it carried out general health checks to all age groups, but this time, we are particularly aiming to help men over the age of 40.
“Men sometimes avoid visiting a doctor and don’t like to talk about their health so, by going out into the community, we hope to encourage them to climb aboard and get their health checked out in a friendly, relaxed environment.”
The project, coordinated by whg’s NOW Team, aims to raise awareness of health issues and how to prevent conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and stroke.
For more information on where the health bus is calling over the coming weeks, visit www.whg.uk.com or call the NOW Team on 0300 555 6666.