Wisbech firms back health checks

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Businesses in Wisbech are backing a new mobile service where employees can get free health checks at their workplace.

Levels of coronary heart disease are higher in Fenland than other parts of the county.

But a mobile service provided by Cambridgeshire County Council with support from Fenland District Council is hoping to improve the lifestyles of residents.

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.

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.”

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.

The assessment looks for the risks that people have of developing coronary heart disease through a number of checks which include 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, the county consultant in public health, 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.”

To book a visit email work.healthycambs@cambridgeshire.gov.uk