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Health Check4Life bus coming your way

The Trust's health improvement team are now on the road with their Check4Life bus and visiting local communities to help people to be healthier.

  The initiative will see the brightly coloured bus visiting community venues across the county where access to healthcare services is limited or uptake is poor. Anyone who sees the bus is encouraged to get on board to have a Check4life Health Check and talk to the team about their health, how they can move more, eat well, stop smoking, drink less and live longer.

  The Trust's Check4Life health advisors will be on board the bus delivering Check4Life health checks, which includes some health tests and questions about medical history, with time to discuss the results afterwards.

  Jacqui Deakin, health improvement lead for Check4Life, said, "The aim is to take our services out to communities, to provide Check4Life health checks for people who don't traditionally engage with healthcare services, in accessible venues, such as community centres, shopping centres and at community events.

  "The bus aims to increase access to health improvement and lifestyle services, and make every contact count, by promoting health and wellbeing to contribute to preventing poor health, increased life expectancy and quality of life and reducing the significant health inequalities in County Durham"

  County Durham has high levels of health deprivation with 71% of the population classed by the Department of Health as being within the most deprived nationally. Deaths from smoking and early deaths from cancer and from heart disease and stroke are all higher than the England average.

  To find out where the Check4Life bus will be going, contact 0191 569 2860 or visit the Check4Life Hub at www.impact.cdd.nhs.uk . This is regularly updated with all Check4Life events and there is also the option to book an appointment online at one of our Check4Life Hubs across County Durham.

'The treatment I have received from all the staff has been excellent and could you extend my thanks to them all. A very thankful and relieved patient'.

Patient, Dermatology Outpatients Department, University Hospital of North Durham