Richmond residents invited all aboard health bus

Local residents have been visiting the ‘come and have a chat about your health’ bus which has been at different locations in the borough over the last few weeks.

The bus, which will parking up next on June 30 at Heathfield recreation park from 12 to 5pm, hosts NHS professionals and pharmacists to answer general questions about health as well as offering information about free council services to help residents remain healthy and well. Local people who haven’t had a vaccine, or are due one of their doses, can also have a COVID-19 vaccination.

Local resident, Elvin Baker, visited the bus to have a health check with the pharmacist, he said:

“It is worth taking this opportunity to get checked out. I’ve lost several people close to me in the last few years and suffered a lot of stress and I want to make sure I stay healthy. I find my local pharmacist really helpful, especially when it can be hard to get an appointment with a GP. Today has been good, I know what I need to do to make some improvements to my health.”

Mukesh Shah, local pharmacist at Goode Pharmacy in Twickenham, added:

“These health checks are a good way to give people a benchmark around how good their general health is. Quite often there are some really simple ways that they can improve their health which they might not realise. I’m happy to have a chat around all aspects of health, either here on the bus or in the pharmacy.”

The mobile pop-up health clinic includes:

  • General health advice
  • Information about accessing local health and wellbeing services
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Help to stop smoking
  • Information on preventing and reducing the risk of a number of diseases, including diabetes, cancer and heart disease
  • Information about the COVID-19 vaccine, including the offer of the vaccine if you have not had it yet or need one of your doses
  • Information on immunisations

Cllr Piers Allen, Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board at the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, said of the bus:

“The bus gives residents who are nearby the opportunity to have a friendly chat with healthcare professionals about their health and the services which may help them. The bus will be visiting various areas of the borough over the next few months to make health advice accessible and convenient, so if you do spot the bus, please take the opportunity to go in and have a chat about your health!”

A local resident receives a health check from a pharmacist