Keeping a health check can be vital

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SCORES of people attended a free event at which potentially lifesaving health checks were on offer.

 The event was organised by Hartfields Medical Practice patient participation group in partnership with Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust and was held at Hartfields Retirement Village.

The practice is run by GP services provider IntraHealth and staff were on hand to offer the vital screening checks.

 Presentations were given by Julie Walker, IntraHealth’s diabetic lead nurse, and North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust consultant physician Dr Sue Jones about diabetes prevention and awareness and the care and management of patients diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.

 There was a question and answer session and the opportunity for people to visit information stands and get expert advice from partner agencies including the Podiatry High Risk Team, health trainers, dieticians from the University Hospital of Hartlepool, the Exercise for Life programme, Hartlepool LINk and Over-50s Forum.

 Elizabeth Carroll, IntraHealth’s patient and community liaison officer said: “I was delighted when the patient participation group suggested staging this event.

 ‘‘The number of people attending and the feedback shows that people are keen to learn about such health issues and how they may be able to avoid or delay them with simple lifestyle changes.

“It is fantastic that the patient group is so enthusiastic.”

Steve Maddison, interim neighbourhood manager at Hartfields Retirement Village, said: “We were delighted to work with Hartfields Medical Practice on this important event about a critical health issue.’’