People who may have avoided having their health checked during the COVID-19 pandemic have been offered a free health MOT at drop-ins taking place across the Fylde Coast in March.
During the pandemic many people reported they were worried about going to their GP for regular health assessments such as blood pressure, oxygen levels, height and weight etc because they didn’t want to add to the pressure the NHS was under or they were afraid of the risk of infection.
The clinics will be at four locations each week until the end of the month. They will be at:
|2 April||Garstang Medical Practice||9am – 7pm|
|3 April||Great Eccleston Surgery||9am – 1pm|
|3 April||Morrisons 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|
Dr Neil Hartley-Smith, a Blackpool GP and clinical director for NHS Blackpool and NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) said: “We have a backlog of patients who were reluctant to have a health assessment and we are keen to ensure those people can be seen.
“We are confident that we can see around 500 people before the end of the month and that will certainly help alleviate some of that backlog and give people a chance to ask a question and have a quick assessment. We will check on basic health such as blood pressure and other things just to give the patient peace of mind. If the clinician feels someone does need to be seen by their GP, they will give this advice and refer the individual back to their GP.”
The clinics will also offer ear syringing for those who have struggled to have the procedure when GP practices stopped offering it (please prepare ears with olive oil for 5 days before hand).
The clinics will make use of the buses that were used to offer vaccination clinics during the pandemic and will be staffed by health professionals from the Fylde Coast Medical Services (FCMS) which operates the urgent treatment centres in Blackpool and Fleetwood.
There is no appointment needed for assessment or ear syringing. You can just turn up.