Businesses in Wisbech reaping benefit of free health checks

PUBLISHED: 14:06 13 January 2015 | UPDATED: 14:06 13 January 2015

Stuart Warren from Priden Engineering has his health checked by Frances Salter, part of the Health Checks team.

Stuart Warren from Priden Engineering has his health checked by Frances Salter, part of the Health Checks team.

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Businesses in Wisbech are backing a mobile service where employees across Fenland can get free health checks at their workplace.

Workers at Ketts Auto Paints, Priden Engineering and Mec-a-tec limited have taken part with about 80 appointments being booked in the service’s first week.

Coronary heart disease in Fenland is at 4.1 per cent, compared to Cambridgeshire’s three per cent average.

The mobile service, which is accompanied by the Camquit stop smoking service, is provided by Cambridgeshire County Council with the support of partners including Fenland District Council.

Val Thomas, consultant in Public Health at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “The mobile health check service can visit all sorts of different workplaces including supermarkets, factories and businesses on industrial estates.

“The added advantage of being mobile is it provides a space to do the checks on board if a workplace does not have suitable room.

“We’ve had an amazing response from employers and staff and I’d like to thank them for inviting us. In particular, I’d like to thank Brian Ketts of Ketts Auto Paints for helping us get the balling rolling in Wisbech.”

Stuart Warren, one of the owners of Priden Engineering in Wisbech, added: “The mobile health checks service is a brilliant scheme.

“I had a heart attack a few years ago and I wish these checks had been available then.

“It might have flagged up a problem and been the wake up call I needed to change my diet and my lifestyle.

“The service is free and the response from our staff speaks for itself – all the available appointments were booked.”

If you would like the mobile service to visit your business, e-mail work.healthycambs@cambridgeshire.gov.uk


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