Wigan supermarket to host mobile hub for health research programme

A Wigan supermarket is one of five locations for a mobile hub at which people are urged to take part in the UK’s largest health programme.
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The unit from Our Future Health, on the Asda car park at Robin Park, is open for appointments now.

Our Future Health aims to transform the prevention, detection and treatment of conditions such as dementia, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

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With up to five million volunteers right across the UK, the goal is to create one of the most detailed pictures ever of people’s health.Working in collaboration with NHS DigiTrials, the programme is sending invitation letters to people over 18 who live in the borough.

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Join by signing up online, completing a questionnaire, providing a blood sample and allowing Our Future Health to securely link to their health records.

At their appointment, as well as having a blood sample and some physical measurements taken, volunteers will be offered information about their own health, including their blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

In the future, people who join the programme will be given the option to receive feedback about their risk of diseases and also the opportunity to take part in cutting-edge research studies.

The hub will be located in the Asda superstore car park at Robin ParkThe hub will be located in the Asda superstore car park at Robin Park
The hub will be located in the Asda superstore car park at Robin Park
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Dr Raghib Ali OBE, Chief Medical Officer at Our Future Health, said:“This launch is a great moment for Our Future Health, making it more accessible than ever for people to take part in research. By making it easy to take part we hope to have a vast, diverse cohort of volunteers who can help us make discoveries that can benefit everyone.”

Seren Hughes, age 27, from Manchester has already joined Our Future Health.

She said: “I signed up to Our Future Health because I understand the importance of early prevention of disease.

“I was diagnosed with Stage 1 ovarian cancer when I was 19 years old. It was such a shock – I was in the first year of university at the time. In a way I was lucky: my doctors caught the cancer really early. If it had been left longer, the outcome could have been quite different.

"Due to what I’ve experienced with my own health, I want to be part of research, so that other people can benefit from new discoveries in healthcare.“I found joining the programme to be great. By filling in the survey, you get a chance to reflect on your own health and wellbeing.

"My blood appointment was right around the corner, five minutes away from my home in Manchester. It was very easy – the two staff members who ran it were lovely.

“Just by doing this simple thing you can be part of something that’s really important.”

To sign up for the programme or to find out more visit: https://ourfuturehealth.org.uk/participants/