Health assessments drop-in bus extended throughout April

A service for people to get a basic health assessment without an appointment has been extended after being inundated with people taking the opportunity.

The health assessment bus was introduced in March as a way to clear backlogs of people who were reluctant to make an appointment for a health check-up with their GP practice during the pandemic. Although a temporary service, the bus has been well received by patients seeing well over 1,300 people in March, an average of nearly 100 people a session.

The service offers blood pressure, weight, heart rate and lung health checks as well as ear syringing. No appointment is needed with people being able to just drop in. The only ask is that if you attend for ear syringing you prepare your ears by adding a few drops of olive oil to the ear for a few days beforehand.

The clinics will be at the following locations:

Date Location Time
2nd April Garstang Health Centre 9am – 7pm
3rd April Great Eccleston Health Centre 9am – 1pm
3rd April Morrison’s Kirkham 2pm – 7pm
4th April Model Village Blackpool 9am – 7pm
5th April Red Lion Bispham 9am – 7pm
9th April Poulton Civic Centre Car Park 9am – 7pm
11th April The Grange 9am – 7pm
12th April DWP Warbreck Hill 9am – 7pm *Ear syringing only available 9am-2pm*
23rd April Affinity Car Park Fleetwood 9am – 7pm
24th April Kirkham AFC 9am – 5pm
25th April Model Village Blackpool 9am – 7pm
26th April Red Lion Bispham 9am – 7pm
30th April Poulton Civic Centre Car Park 9am – 7pm
2nd April Garstang Health Centre 9am – 7pm


Dr Neil Hartley-Smith, a Blackpool GP and clinical director for NHS Blackpool and NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) said: “When we first launched this service, we expected to see around 500 people throughout the month and that would relieve some of the pressure on GP practices and allow people to be seen much quicker. We are astonished to have almost tripled this figure so are pleased to be able to extend the offer for another month to meet the demand.

“At 10 minutes per person this equates to around 216 hours of practice nurse time where they have been able to see other patients with more serious conditions. The service has also helped identify people who may need an appointment with their GP if their health check shows areas of concern, catching signs early and helping with prevention of serious conditions.”

Locations for the bus have changed from last month so please check for your nearest.