Health bus was a major success say NHS chiefs


A scheme which offered free health checks to residents in Woodhall Spa and Coningsbyon a special NHS health bus has been hailed as a success.

The bus visited Spilsby, Woodhall Spa, Boston, Coningsby and Louth, and 190 people received health checks.

The health checks included tests for Atrial Fibrillation – blood pressure, diabetes, lung function and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

As well as offering the checks, visitors were also asked to complete a survey asking them for their views on a range of future projects which NHS Lincolnshire East Clinical Commissioning Group is considering.

Of the 157 surveys returned, a majority of respondents agreed with all of the proposed projects.

The largest proportion of respondents agreed with the ‘stroke prevention’ project which will work in identifying patients at risk of stroke (with Atrial Fibrillation) and prescribing anti-coagulation medication.

Patient statistics showed that 46 percent of the visitors on the health bus in the Boston area required further action from their health check, the highest level out of all the areas.

Gary James, Accountable Officer for Lincolnshire East CCG said: “The health checks bus had a great week visiting east Lincolnshire.

“There are some interesting trends, both in terms of the health checks results and particularly from the survey on our proposed future projects.

“ The health checks bus gives us a brilliant mobile platform for engaging with our patient population.”