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Health and wellbeing event in Belgrave this Saturday, open to all

11th October 2017 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in

People are invited to a special Health Promotion Event this Saturday October 14th that is taking place in the Belgrave area of Leicester. Patients from a number of local GP practices 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 on the day, from the NHS and other local organisations, designed to help people stay healthy and to find out about local services that support health and wellbeing.

The Health Promotion Event will take place at Belgrave Health Centre, 52 Brandon Street, LE4 6AW, from 12 noon until 4pm, and is open to everyone who would like to attend, not just patients of Belgrave Health Centre.

Dr Rajesh Kapur, GP at Belgrave Health Centre and member of Leicester City CCG Governing Body, said: “This event has really been driven by patients who are passionate about health and are all members of Patient Participation Groups at local GP practices. They wanted to promote health and wellbeing to the widest possible range of people, including those who don’t often visit their GP, and they told us that a Health Event would be their chosen way of reaching out to people.

“At the CCG we are keen to use a range of approaches to help people take good care of themselves and to know which health services are available to them. As we enter the festival season for our Asian communities, we hope that people in and around the Belgrave neighbourhood will want to visit our event on Saturday and take positive steps to keeping well.”

On the day, people can try out some new ways of keeping fit, get their blood pressure checked and body mass index measured and receive tailored health advice. They can find out about vaccinations for flu and pneumonia, as well as tests for Latent Tuberculosis – a hidden infection that can develop into tuberculosis if it is left untreated.

There will be information about NHS services such as the 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 The Red Cross, The Alzheimer’s Society, Vista (Leicester’s leading charity for people with sight loss) and Richmond Fellowship (offering support for people with mental health problems).

Dr Kapur added: “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. Whether it’s making sure you are vaccinated against this year’s strain of flu, asking your pharmacist for advice or seeking support at an early stage if you need it, we want people to know how to self-care. This event is designed to help them do just that.”

 

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