Local businesses in Wisbech are backing a new mobile service where employees across Fenland can get free health checks at their workplace.
Workers at Ketts Auto Paints, Priden Engineering and Mec-a-tec limited have taken part with around 80 appointments being booked in the service's first week.
Currently, there is a higher level of coronary heart disease in Fenland at 4.1 per cent compared to Cambridgeshire's average of 3.0 per cent. Smoking increases your risk of coronary heart disease and 22% of the Fenland population smoke which is higher than the rest of Cambridgeshire and nationally.
The mobile service is provided by Cambridgeshire County Council with the support of local partners including Fenland District Council which provides the vehicle for the Service and a Wisbech Community Pharmacist. Other lifestyle services such as the Stop Smoking Service CAMQUIT are able to accompany the mobile service so that people can quickly get appropriate advice and support. It is part of a wider Workplace Health Programme that is working with employers across Cambridgeshire to improve the health of their workforces.
The Fenland mobile service is currently focusing on providing NHS Health Checks. This is a national risk assessment programme for 40 to 74 year olds. It looks for the risks that people have of developing coronary heart disease through a number of checks which includes measuring blood pressure, weight and the levels of unhealthy fats in the blood that can lead to strokes and coronary heart disease. People taking part are provided with information and advice about the changes they need to make to live a heathier lifestyle, which could include for example a referral to a lifestyle service or a visit to their GP if necessary. It excludes those who already have a diagnosed condition as they will already have been assessed.
Those not aged between 40 and 74 years are not excluded as the mobile service offers a mini health check that includes most of the checks included in the full version.
Val Thomas, Consultant in Public Health at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: "The mobile health check service can visit all sorts of different workplaces including supermarkets, factories and businesses on industrial estates. The added advantage of being mobile is it provides a space to do the checks on board if a workplace does not have suitable room. We've had an amazing response from employers and staff and I'd like to thank them for inviting us. In particular, I'd like to thank Brian Ketts of Ketts Auto Paints for helping us get the balling rolling in Wisbech."
Stuart Warren, one of the owners of Priden Engineering in Wisbech, added: "The mobile health checks service is a brilliant scheme. I had a heart attack a few years ago and I wish these checks had been available then. It might have flagged up a problem and been the wake up call I needed to change my diet and my lifestyle. The service is free and the response from our staff speaks for itself "“ all the available appointments were booked."
If you would like the mobile Service to visit your business, please email [email protected]