Free health checks on offer in Dundee

TUESDAY, 1 AUGUST, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.

Free health checks on offer in Dundee

The Dundee Healthy Living Initiative is running free health checks giving people the chance to speak to a community health nurse and get information about their health.

The Dundee Healthy Living Initiative (DHLI) aims to provide information about mental wellbeing and health and access to physical activity at venues across Dundee.

Catrina Boal, Community Health Specialist Nurse with DHLI said, “We run free health checks for people across the city where we also share information about tailored health groups available in local communities around Dundee. People can just drop by, no appointment is necessary.

“This week, for the first time, health colleagues from the Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening Programme at Ninewells will be joining us to let people know about their work.

“AAA screening is a way of checking if there's a bulge or swelling in the aorta, the main blood vessel that runs from your heart down through your tummy. It can be serious if it's not spotted early on because it could get bigger and eventually burst.

“The condition mostly affects men aged 65 and over. If they are registered with a GP, they will receive an invitation to go for a scan, so the team will be chatting about the condition and encouraging people to go for a scan.”

The health checks are being held in The Wellgate Shopping Centre on Thursday, 3 August from 1 – 3pm.

The DHLI team will also be holding free health checks in the Drop Inn Cafe in Lochee Parish Church Hall on Tuesday, 8 August from 11am – 1pm.

A full timetable of events such as health walks, sewing bees, exercise classes and wellbeing groups run at venues across the city can be found on the DHLI website at www.dundeehealth.com

Contact:

NHS Tayside Communications,

(01382) 424138