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
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
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
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
To find out where the Check4Life bus
will be going, contact 0191 569 2860 or visit the Check4Life Hub
. 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.
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community