Shoppers take a break for free health checks

Free health checks in Bedford, with  Community Partnership Training Officer, Simon Marshall, alongside Gillian Langley and Victoria Boyce for the Patient and Public Involvement Group
Free health checks in Bedford, with Community Partnership Training Officer, Simon Marshall, alongside Gillian Langley and Victoria Boyce for the Patient and Public Involvement Group

Free blood pressure checks were offered by the ambulance service to visitors at the Harpur Centre in Bedford.

Community partnership training officer, Simon Marshall, gave mini health checks to 16 shoppers in Bedford’s shopping precinct on Tuesday, June 2.

One member of the public at the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) event was advised to make an appointment with their GP because of a higher than normal blood pressure.

The patient and public involvement team were also on hand to give out information leaflets on a range of different subjects such as community first responders (CFRs), recruitment, the Trust User Group and advice on using the ambulance service.

Patient and public involvement manager, Victoria Boyce, said: “The event went really well and we got a lot of good feedback about the ambulance service. It is important to hear what the public think so we can look to learn and improve from all the feedback we receive.

For more information about getting involved, visit: http://www.eastamb.nhs.uk/get-involved/community-first-responders.htm