St.Vincent's UCAN Centre gave Farnworth residents the opportunity to have their health checked at a 'pop up' clinic in the 13th August 2013.
This was a free and confidential service and was initially piloted to see how busy the screening would be.
Staff at the centre and the health care practitioners were amazed at how busy and successful it was and feel that regular outreach health screening is essential and valuable to identify people who may be unaware of any health problems or may have long term conditions such as diabetes that need constant managing and care.
In a two and a half hour session the nurses saw 15 people and many more had to leave their names and details with the staff so that extra appointments could be made.
The nurses were able to make referrals in some cases to their GPs for emergency appointments or specialist hospital treatment and 3 people were identified as having high blood pressure.
All the participants thought it was a worthy event and called for more outreach services to be available as often they find it hard to get to their own GP. One lady said it was great because it was on her doorstep!
Discussions have begun to set up regular clinics at the UCAN where general health related matters can be discussed, BMI, height and weight management checks can be accessed; as well as more in-depth health screening such as cholesterol, diabetes, blood pressure and opportunities to explore other health related issues. Because of the high identified demand of the screening the following clinics will be appointment only provision.
All participants doctors will be sent letters to let them know that their patients accessed the drop in clinic and can make the necessary referrals.
Charlie Norman St.Vincent's Chief Executive said: "The link between health and housing is at the top of St.Vincent's agenda. I am very aware that if you have a good, well maintained, warm and dry home your chances of improved health are vastly improved. I am also a board member of Our Life who published a report recently which shows that if you can improve an individual's health and wellbeing, you will increase their life expectancy by 7 years.....I am delighted with the success of the screening session at the UCAN, it shows just how much we need these kind of initiatives, especially when there is so much pressure on the public purse to make efficiencies"
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Staff and partners of St Vincent's Housing Association are pulling together to donate essential food items for customer hard hit by the squeeze on household budgets. A collection point at our head office has been set up and we will be donating everyday store cupboard items such as pasta, rice and tinned food. The parcels will be delivered to customers who are struggling to get by and make ends meet.
Corporate visitors to our central office in Old Trafford are being ask to bring along an item of food to donate.
Author - Simon Lord | Added on 16/07/2013
As people already know St. Vincent’s chosen charity for this year is Francis House Children’s Hospice. Over the past few months St. Vincent’s staff have been busy raising money from baking cakes to abseiling down Manchester United’s football stadium all in aid of Francis House.
At their office Metropolitan House staff asked if there was any chance of vending machine being installed as there is nothing on the business park and the shops are a walk away. As people know vending machines are costly and in this climate the more money that can be saved will benefit St. Vincent’s tenants.
So a amazing idea was born which was the St. Vincent’s Tuck Shop, it is located in the reception area for staff to come and buy goodies from it. It has crisps, drinks, sweets and chocolate bars, also for the healthy people amongst the staff low fat crisps and drinks plus bags of mini fruits.
It has been a massive hit in the office with staff taking full advantage of a mid morning snack or a late afternoon chocolate indulgence. So far it has been open for only two weeks and has made over £40 as of Wednesday, all the money made will be going to Francis House Children’s Hospice.
So with the Tuck Shop being such a success I’m sure loads more money will be spent by the staff of St.Vincents.
So keep telling yourselves it all for a good cause and Tuck In !!
Author - Simon Lord | Added on 13/06/2013
In the sweltering heat of last weekend a number of staff from St. Vincent’s completed the Cheshire Three Peaks Walk in aid our chosen charity Francis House Children’s Hospice. The walk was a hard 14 miles and took the team 6 hours to complete , there were a few sore legs in the office on Monday morning !! But a huge well done to them all and the money raised will help Francis House who do a great job !!
Author - | Added on 11/06/2013
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