Free health MOTs on offer at meeting

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FREE health checks are being offered to Wigan residents attending a committee meeting!

Aspiring foundation trust, Bridgewater Community Healthcare, is providing the borough with a range of no-charge services on September 27 as part of its AGM.

As the NHS is facing the challenge of improving quality of care while still being forced to make cuts, Bridgewater hopes to reassure patients that it is there to give the public the service they deserve and to let them have their say at the meeting.

Health chiefs and interested members of the public meet once a year to review organisation’s plans and decision-making process as well as the previous financial year.

Following this, Community Healthcare Trusts take the opportunity to discuss updates and the year’s achievements with patients as well as giving advice on other related matters such as dental health, hand hygiene, breastfeeding and sexual health.

And as an extra incentive to attend, the trust is giving people the chance to have their blood pressure checked, eating habits assessed and their questions about health and well-being answered.

Bridgewater chairman Harry Holden said: “We want to ensure our Annual General Meeting is an opportunity for local people to come and talk to us, receive a free blood pressure check, some health advice and find out a bit more about what services we offer and our plans for the future. As an aspiring Foundation Trust, we want people to understand more about our role in the community and in the NHS and the role they can play in safeguarding their own health and in influencing the decisions we make in the future.”

The event will begin at 4pm with market stalls offering the health checks, advice and refreshments. A buffet will be provided after the formal business of the AGM has concluded and there will be the opportunity to speak to health professionals.

Return transport can be arranged from the event at the Haydock Thistle Hotel, Penny Lane, Haydock. To arrange a free health check ring 01942 482655, e-mail communications@bridgewater.nhs.uk before September 14.