Free checks prove a success

Health Development Manager, Activia Health Care Alison Turner, left, and Nurse Gemma Hancock NHS York Foundation Trust ready for visitiors picture Richard Ponter 112301'6/06/11
Health Development Manager, Activia Health Care Alison Turner, left, and Nurse Gemma Hancock NHS York Foundation Trust ready for visitiors picture Richard Ponter 112301'6/06/11

LOCAL residents are still standing thanks to a free leg health check clinic.

Specialist NHS nurses Gemma Hancock and Jeni Gatt, who were in town to offer free 15-minute appointments at Boots chemist, Westborough as part of a promotional health event, said they were overwhelmed by the response.

Tissue viability prescribing specialist nurse, Mrs Hancock, said: “We had 33 people come through, all worried about their legs, it was amazing!

“We were just trying to make people aware of problems that develop and it was really successful.

“The whole point was that we advise early to prevent it from getting worse and we did that.”

Following similar events held across the country, the leg healthcheck is thought to be a first of its kind held in Scarborough through the NHS York Foundation Trust.

With significant interest on the day, in addition to booked appointments, organisers are looking to re-run the event in the near future.

Mrs Haycock added: “Of the 33 people we saw, 20 needed further assessment. It was very good indeed.

“We’re both NHS tissue viability nurses specialists, we deal very much with wounds, chronic leg diseases, so we were the ideal people for the day.

“It’s always good to make time to do promotions. We will have to roll it again as we have a waiting list as there were 25 people who rang up.”