People are invited to a free Community Health Event on Saturday 14th April that is taking place in the Hamilton area of Leicester. Patients from a local GP practice came up with the idea for the event, which has been organised with support from Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
There will be a range of activities and information available, from the NHS and other local organisations, designed to help people stay healthy and to find out about local services that support general health, mental health and wellbeing.
The event will take place between 11am and 2pm at Johnson Medical Practice, Hilltop Surgery, Maidenwell Avenue, Hamilton, LE5 1BJ and is open to anyone who would like to attend.
There will be information about NHS services such as Open Mind and Richmond Fellowship, who offer support for people with mental health problems, Care Navigators, who can help people who are elderly or have a health condition to live safely and more healthily at home, and a chance to talk to other local organisations including:
- Health Watch
- Age UK
- The Alzheimers Society
- Healthy Lifestyles Hub
- Learning Disabilities
- LOROS hospice
- Royal Voluntary Service
- Sexual Health
- STOP Smoking
- The Carers Centre
- Turning Point drug and alcohol service
Harsha Kotecha, chair of the Patient Participation Group for Johnson Medical Practice, said: “Members of the group were really keen to have this event, as often people don’t know what services there are that might suit their needs. This is a great opportunity to find out more about what’s available locally and pick up some health tips and advice. Hilltop Surgery is close to the big Tesco in Hamilton, so it’s a perfect chance to pop in if you’re doing your shopping and there will be activities for children too.
You can also meet members of local Patient Participation Groups; we’ll be asking for people’s opinions and experience of local health services and you can ask us questions too – we’re always looking for new people to get involved in how their local GP practice is run, so please do come and talk to us.”
The Silver Star Diabetes charity will be offering tests for diabetes from their mobile diabetes unit. There are currently over four million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK and another over 1 million people who have type 2 diabetes but do not yet know it. Silver Star will also be doing blood pressure checks and body mass index (BMI) measurements.
Vista, Leicester’s charity for people with sight loss, will be offering advice on good eye health and how to prevent avoidable sight loss, as well as providing a free basic eye screening with a certificate people can take away and show their optician, in order to seek further help and advice.
There will be a Health Quiz and the opportunity to try out free yoga sessions, which will show how to do basic yoga postures, breathing techniques and relaxation, followed by a healthy fruit selection. Balloon twisting activities and a puppeteer on walkabout will keep children entertained throughout the event.
Asma Sader, Practice Manger at Johnson Medical Practice said: “We all want to be well and there are so many ways that people can take good care of themselves, with a range of services designed to help them do just that. We want to promote health and wellbeing to the widest possible range of people, including those who don’t often visit their GP. Everyone’s welcome on Saturday, you don’t need to be registered at our practice, and we’re looking forward to a fantastic day.”