Health Bus touring Hartlepool to check people are in shape for Christmas

CHECK-UP: Dr Charles Brash with healthcare assistant Melanie Clark and registered nurse Eileen Amerigo at the Health Bus.
CHECK-UP: Dr Charles Brash with healthcare assistant Melanie Clark and registered nurse Eileen Amerigo at the Health Bus.

RESIDENTS have been urged to get a Christmas health check ahead of the festive season.

Hartlepool Families First, which this year celebrates its 26th anniversary, provides the Health Bus service that tours the town throughout the week offering a wide range of health services and information.

And bosses from the York Road-based charity are encouraging people to step on board to make sure they are in tip-top shape for Christmas.

Manager Paul Thompson said: “Christmas is a stressful time of year for many people as we are concerned about everything from affording the latest gadgets to the number of people coming for Christmas dinner.

“But it is also an opportunity to think about ourselves, not just others, for 10 minutes and start making a difference to our lives now for years to come.”

The festive campaign has the backing of senior town GP Dr Charles Brash.

Dr Brash said: “Hartlepool Families First provides an excellent service through the Health Bus because it makes it easier for residents to get quick, easy advice about their health needs.

“Even if you are feeling well, it is worth having your NHS Health Check now. Making lifestyle changes as early as possible reduces your chances of developing serious, life-limiting-conditions such as heart disease and strokes in the future.”

As part of the service, residents aged 40 to 75 are offered the free Healthy Heart Check, while 25 to 39-year-olds are offered the Mini Health Check.

The service will be at Fens shops from 10am-noon on Monday, then at Marlowe Road from 12.30pm-2.30pm.

On Tuesday, it will be at Murray Street from 10am-noon, then Iceland in Winterbottom Avenue from 12.30pm-2.30pm.

Thursday sees the bus visit York Road, opposite Dominos Pizza, from 10am-noon then half an hour later it will be at Wharton Terrace until 2.30pm.

Queens Meadow Business Park hosts the bus from 10am-2pm on Friday.

For further information, visit www.hartlepoolfamiliesfirst.org.uk or call (01429) 867016.