Health Awareness Day

On Saturday 4th June the Rotary Club of Wellington held their Health Awareness Day in Wellington’s Market Square.  The event was organised by Rtn Tom Taylor and involved health professionals from the area.  People were offered the opportunity to have their blood pressure, blood sugar level and BMI checked.

The Mayor of Wellington, Cllr. Phil Morris-Jones, joined Rotarians in the Square and launched the event by taking the blood pressure of President Peter Seaward of the Rotary Club of Wellington.

Tom Taylor reports:

As far as I know, we all survived the Health Awareness Day without mishap. 181 people registered, and 172 forms were gathered up at the end. 164 BPs were recorded, 109 of which required no further action, 37 were referred routinely to their GP, and 16 urgently referred to GP. 2 were referred to Hospital. Most people also had their Blood sugar levels done, 14 were referred to their GP, and 3 to hospital.

The event could not have taken place without a huge amount of support. Alec Owen arranged for Furrows to provide 3 transit vans, and they also collected chairs and tables from (and returned to) High Ercall Village Hall; Norman Quin lent his Gazebo;  Lloyds Pharmacy generously allowed us to use the front of their shop for doing the Blood Sugars, and Cormac Doyle from Wrekin Rotary spent his day doing them; Peter Llewellyn printed posters for us, and also provided lovely new Wellington Rotary Hi Viz jackets just in time.

We had great support from many professionals; nurses from the Stroke Unit at the Princess Royal Hospital came in force; as well as two Community Diabetic nurses, Dr Harriet Quast and Karen Mann from Shawbirch Medical Practice, and Telford First Responders; Moya Baty, Anne de Vere and Brian Reilly came from Rotary District.

I’m not going to mention all the help from |Wellington Rotarians – there were many, and they did sterling work in so many ways – thank you all. Finally thanks to Mick and Bernard from Wellington Town Council – they allowed us into the Square, and let us out gain later.

We had top level visitors including our own President, who bravely went through all the procedures, Mayor of Wellington Cllr. Phil Morris-Jones MBE (they were able to compare gold chains) and District Governor Richard Green. I think the day was a success, and we were certainly busy all the way through. As all contacts were effectively anonymous, we will never know if we really picked up people with unsuspected conditions, or maybe, we got others back onto the treatment they should have already been on. Hopefully it raised the profile of Rotary a little in Wellington.

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