Hop on board and have a check-up on the health bus

Melanie Clark (section had of health) and Ken Howlett (co-ordinator) next to the Health Bus which has a new timetable.
Melanie Clark (section had of health) and Ken Howlett (co-ordinator) next to the Health Bus which has a new timetable.

People across Hartlepool are being urged to take a moment and put their health first.

The message comes from staff at the York Road-based charity Hartlepool Families First.

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

Families First spokesman

They are encouraging all local residents to take a moment and think about their own health.

The organisation, which this year celebrates its 29th anniversary, provides the Health Bus service that tours the town throughout the week.

It offers health services and information including the NHS Health Check.

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 service, residents aged 40 to 75 are offered the Free NHS Health Check, known locally as the Healthy Heart Check.

Those residents 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. That includes heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.

There is no appointment needed for the Health Bus. People should just catch it when it is around town.

The service moves around the town and can be found in the following locations:

Thursday;

9.30am to 11.30pm – The Headland (Near the Borough Hall).

Noon to 2pm – Winterbottom Avenue (Iceland car park).

2.30pm to 4.30pm – Wiltshire Way (Throston Grange shops).

Friday;

9.30am to 11.30pm – Fens Shops (Catcote Road).

Noon to 2pm – Wynyard Road Shops (corner of Greenock Road).

2.30pm to 4.30pm – Summerhill (car park).

Saturday;

9.30am to 11.30am – Villiers Street (Near the Central Library).

Noon to 2pm – Seaton Carew (Sea front).

For further information on the work of Families First, visit www.hartlepoolfamiliesfirst.org.uk or contact (01429) 867016.