Health bus can help Hartlepool people think ‘New Year, new you’

Melanie Clark and Ken Howlett ready to welcome Health Bus visitors.
Melanie Clark and Ken Howlett ready to welcome Health Bus visitors.

Take a moment and think about your post Christmas health - that’s the message from a Hartlepool charity which is urging people to think “New Year New You.”

Staff at Hartlepool Families First want town families to look after themselves in 2016.

The York Road-based organisation is the perfect cause to help others as it provides the Health Bus service that tours the town.

Manager Paul Thompson said the service was “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”.

Dr Charles Brash also called on people to get checked out and said the Health Bus had extra benefits because it makes it easier for residents to “get quick, easy advice about their health needs.”

As part of the service, residents aged 40 to 75 are offered the Free NHS Health Check.

The NHS Health Check is a national screening programme aimed at identifying and reducing an individual’s risk of developing cardiovascular illnesses in the next 10 years (this includes heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease).

There is no appointment needed for the Health Bus.

For further information on the work of Hartlepool Families First, including the timetable of where the Health Bus will be, visit the website at www.hartlepoolfamiliesfirst.org.uk or contact the manager on (01429) 867016.