Free health checks

Stockport Times West - - STEPPING HILL HOSPITAL -

A CHANCE to find out more about lo­cal health ser­vices will be com­bined with free health checks at this year’s an­nual mem­bers meet­ing for Stock­port NHS Foun­da­tion Trust.

The Trust, which runs Step­ping Hill Hos­pi­tal and com­mu­nity health ser­vices in Stock­port, Tame­side and Glos­sop, will up­date the pub­lic on its re­sults and achieve­ments over the past year and the op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges ahead.

Fol­low­ing their pop­u­lar­ity last year, free blood pres­sure tests, BMI checks and flu jabs will also be avail­able for ev­ery­one be­fore the evening’s main pre­sen­ta­tion.

The main event takes place be­tween 6pm and 8pm on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 2, at the Pinewood House Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre on the Step­ping Hill Hos­pi­tal site.

Peo­ple want­ing free health tests and flu jabs should ar­rive be­tween 5pm and 6pm.

The meet­ing will in­clude a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion from a doc­tor in Same Day Emer­gency Care, and a pa­tient.

There will also be a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion with the board.

To book a place at the free event, call 0870 702 0174.

A NEW ser­vice has been set up to help guide young par­ents through first time par­ent­hood.

Mums and dads aged 19 or un­der can now re­ceive vol­un­tary home vis­its from the Fam­ily Nurse Part­ner­ship.

After par­ents join the ser­vice, a fam­ily nurse – a health vis­i­tor or mid­wife with ex­tra train­ing – will visit them from early preg­nancy un­til the child is two.

They will work with the par­ents and their fam­i­lies to help pro­vide the best out­come for their fu­ture health and well­be­ing.

Kathy Crew, fam­ily nurse su­per­vi­sor for the scheme, said: “This new health pro­gramme recog­nises that preg­nancy and birth are a key time for young par­ents to choose to en­gage with lo­cal ser­vices, en­abling them and their child to be healthy, happy, and to do well in life.”

The new health pro­gramme is run by Stock­port NHS Foun­da­tion Trust as part of a wider health project across the coun­try.

For more in­for­ma­tion call 0161 426 5175 or visit www.fnp.nhs.uk.

The fam­ily nurse part­ner­ship team: from left, Carolyn Men­zies, Kate Bow­den, Julie Bur­den, Val Helsby, Deb­bie Kemp and Kathy Crew

Gor­don Smith, from Hazel Grove, hav­ing a blood pres­sure test from stu­dent nurse Kather­ine Frost at last year’s event

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