APRIL DATES ADDED: Health assessments offered to people who avoided them during pandemic

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:

 

Date Location Time
7th Marine Hall Fleetwood 11am – 7pm
8th Waters Edge pub, St Annes 9am – 7pm
12th Morrisons Cleveleys 9am – 7pm
13th Morrisons Squires Gate Blackpool 9am – 7pm
14th Bickerstaffe Square 9am – 7pm
15th Waters Edge pub, St Annes 9am – 7pm
19th Over Wyre Medical Centre 9am – 7pm
20th Tesco Extra Clifton Retail Park 9am – 5pm
21st Bickerstaffe Square 9am – 7pm
22nd Waters Edge pub, St Annes 9am – 7pm
26th Morrisons Cleveleys 9am – 7pm
27th Morrisons Squires Gate Blackpool 9am – 5pm
28th Marine Hall Fleetwood 9am – 7pm
29th Waters Edge pub, St Annes 9am – 7pm
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.