Health checks on offer thanks to touring Hartlepool health bus

A great chance for people to get their health checked has been revealed in Hartlepool.

Monday, 4th July 2016, 3:32 pm
Updated Monday, 4th July 2016, 4:37 pm
The new Health Bus parked in Villers Street next to the Central Library. Picture by FRANK REID

The summer timetable of the Health Bus service has been announced by the charity Hartlepool Families First which is based in York Road.

The organisation, which is celebrating its 28th year this year, provides the service that tours the town throughout the week.

It covers a wide range of services and information including the NHS Health Check.

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A spokesman said: “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 Health Bus work, residents aged 40 to 75 are offered the Free NHS Health Check, which is known locally as the Healthy Heart Check.

People who are aged 25 to 39, are offered the Mini 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.

The service can be found in the following locations in Hartlepool:

Thursday;

11am to 1pm – At the Headland, near The Borough Hall;

1.30pm to 3.30pm – the Davison Drive car park near the butchers;

4pm to 6pm – Duke Street/Sandringham Road, near the Hartlepool Supporters Club.

Friday;

11am to 1pm – the Fens Shops in Catcote Road;

1.30pm to 3.30pm - Eskdale Road at the Brierton Lane shops;

4pm to 6pm – Throston Grange Shops in Wiltshire Way.

Saturday; 10am to 12pm – Villiers Street, near the Central Library;

12.30pm to 2.30pm – Seaton Carew sea front/Newburn Bridge.

For more information on the work of Hartlepool Families First, visit the wwebsite at www.hartlepoolfamiliesfirst.org.uk or contact the manager at Families First on (01429) 867016.