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21 May 2011, 06:00
Residents in Hertfordshire are able to free health advice and health checks without even going to see their local GP.
The health bus, which is run by NHS Hertfordshire, has been visiting various parts of the county this week and is stationed at Watford High Street today (Friday May 20th) and tomorrow.
By hoping on board, you’ll be able to get a free health check, which includes lung-testing, and advice on sexually transmitted infections.
Liz Fischer is the Health improvement Service Manager at NHS Hertfordshire, she has been speaking to Heart about how the bus can be very helpful for smokers wanting to quit, by giving them a lung test.
“Come along to the bus and make sure you’re happy to speak to one of our advisers who have all been trained into lung-age testing. And then it’s a very simple, blowing into a machine. The machine is set with your height and age so that it gives an appropriate score. The most significant thing is that it gives you an older age than that you currently are. We give you the results and then you will be advised on how to stop smoking, stay healthy or to go to your GP practice to make an appointment to have further investigations.”
The bus toured various supermarkets and town centres back in January. During that time it was visited by more than 4,000 people wanting things like advice on how to stop smoking, lung-age tests, and Chlamydia tests.
This month the bus will be visiting the following places:
For more information on how to stop smoking go to www.smokefreehertfordshire.nhs.uk
You can also call 0800 389 3998