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Free health checks at Frome Medical Centre

Paul Lewis, vice-chair of the Patient  Participation Group with the health  check banner outside the health centre.

Paul Lewis, vice-chair of the Patient
Participation Group with the health
check banner outside the health centre.

A Health check day is being held at the Frome Medical Centre on Wednesday 4th November, running from 2.00pm till 7.30pm 

The event is free and is open to all – not just for patients of the Frome Medical Practice.

One of the organisers of the event is Emma Yeo, a health care assistant, working at the Frome Medical Practice.  She said, “We are really excited about this year’s health check event. This is the third year running that we have held such an event and this year’s hopes to be the biggest and the best yet.”

Patients will be able to obtain several different health checks such as blood pressure, lung function screening and urine testing. Frome Medical Practice patients will also be able to have their cholesterol and glucose checked. In addition, medical teams will also be available offering advice on subjects from smoking cessation, weight and exercise to sexual health.

Emma added, “What promises to make this year’s event special is that local support groups and societies, from those dealing with carers to hospice care and disabilities, will also be attending.

“Over the last few years, with organisations such as Health Connections Mendip, help for general health and well-being has also started to be delivered outside of the GP surgery and is now available via support groups working within the community. The Frome Leg Club and Healthy Mondays at the Cheese & Grain are just two such examples.

“With the event now running into the evening, there is the opportunity for everyone to come along either during the day or after work and get their free individual health check. They will also be able to see for themselves the large number of health support organisations that are now available to themselves, their friends and family.”

Senior partner at the Frome Medical Practice is Dr Tina Merry. She said, “The whole Health Check event is down to the initiative and energy of Emma, her colleagues and our patients’ support group -the Patient Participation Group.

“I would certainly encourage the people of Frome to use this fantastic opportunity to check out their own state of health in what is very much an informal and relaxed setting.”

For any further information contact Kaylyn Hudson on 01373 468105.