Gift Yourself a Free Health MOT This Christmas

NHS One You teams are gearing up for a series of special events in east Kent over the festive period which will provide free on-the-spot Health Checks and health ‘MOTs’ in local venues including high streets and pubs.

Throughout December 2018 and January 2019, Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust’s One You advisors will be teaming up with Wellbeing People and several enthusiastic local pubs in Thanet and Swale to offer Health Checks to their customers.

Figures for these areas show that they have some of the county’s highest levels of heart failure and disease. Along with cancer, heart and lung disease account for more than 70 per cent of premature deaths (under the age of 75) in these districts. Stroke is another major health issue across Kent and in 2017/18, there were 400 emergency hospital admissions for stroke across Swale and Thanet. We know that prevention, and spotting and managing the early warning signs such as high blood pressure, is an important part of how we can help people to look after their own health.

While many people will already be receiving treatment from their doctor and local health services, it’s feared others may be unaware of potential health issues.

If you are aged 40 to 74-years-old and with no relevant pre-existing conditions, you can sign up for a free NHS Health Check for advice on keeping yourself healthy and active. Your blood pressure, height and weight will be checked. You will be given a small finger prick test to check your blood cholesterol and you’ll also be asked some questions about your lifestyle and family history. The check will identify the risk of you developing heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes or dementia in the future.

Mark Cummings, One You Locality Manager for Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT) said: “We often find that the people who need these checks don’t usually take up the offer if it means going to a GP or clinic appointment. By taking the checks to the streets and pubs of east Kent we can help more people to understand the importance of leading a healthier lifestyle.”

Health Checks are led by KCHFT and commissioned by Kent County Council. Andrew Scott-Clark, KCC’s Director of Public Health, said: “There are many people in Thanet and Swale who are suffering from debilitating conditions and reaching the end of their life prematurely. The tragedy is that many of these conditions and premature deaths can be prevented through simple lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, reducing how much alcohol you drink and increasing physical activity.

“High blood pressure and high cholesterol often cause no symptoms whatsoever, so unless you have a check you won’t know you have them. High blood pressure can trigger an irregular heartbeat which increases the risk of a stroke. If you know that you are at risk, there are services that can help you to get on the right track and small changes to your lifestyle can really help to lower these issues, and you’ll feel fitter and healthier too.”

He added: “We don’t want to dampen anyone’s spirits during the festive period and we’re pleased the pubs are supporting as the NHS Health Checks are a good way of finding out if you are at increased risk of developing a serious condition and everyone who is entitled to one should take up the offer.”

For advice about small changes you can make to improve your health and wellbeing, and find more support in your area regarding your lifestyle, see www.oneyoukent.org.uk You can also sign up for a Health Check at that website or call 0300 123 1220 (option 4) to find a clinic near you.

For more information on the Festive Health Checks events, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/498943393928637/ or visit KCHFT’s site at www.kentcht.nhs.uk/2018/11/26/free-festive-health-checks/

 

The event locations and dates are:

Monday, 10 December – 10am to 4pm
Wellbeing Bus
Sittingbourne High Street

Tuesday, 11 December – 10am to 4pm
The Vineyard
6-10 West St, Sittingbourne ME10 1AW

Thursday, 13 December – 10am to 4pm
Wellbeing Bus
Lombard Street, Margate

Friday, 14 December – 10am to 4pm
The Royal, 51 Harbour Parade, Ramsgate CT11 8HA

 

Monday, 17 December – 10am to 4pm
Wellbeing Bus
Ramsgate Harbour Parade

Tuesday, 18 December – 11am to 4pm
Red Lion Pub, 1 King St, Ramsgate CT11 8NN

Wednesday, 19 December – 10am to 4pm
Wellbeing Bus, Sheerness High Street

Wednesday, 2 January – 10am to 4pm
Wellbeing Bus
Queen Street/King Street, Ramsgate

Thursday, 3 January – 11am to 4pm
The Red Lion
1 King St, Ramsgate CT11 8NN

Friday, 4 January – 11am to 4pm
The Red Lion,
1 King St, Ramsgate CT11 8NN

Monday, 7 January – 10am to 4pm
Wellbeing Bus, Sheerness High Street

Tuesday, 8 January – 10am to 4pm
Belle and Lion
22-24 High St, Sheerness ME12 1NL

Wednesday, 9 January – 10am to 4pm
Wellbeing Bus Lombard Street, Margate

Monday, 14 January – 10am to 4pm
Wellbeing Bus, Sittingbourne High Street

Tuesday, 15 January – 10am to 4pm
The Vineyard
6-10 West St, Sittingbourne ME10 1AW

Gift Yourself a Free Health MOT This Christmas was last modified: December 5th, 2018 by Gemma Smith