The first post-pandemic Preston Health Mela event was held on Saturday – a fun-packed focus on ways to maintain health and wellbeing.
Hosted by UCLan in the Foster Building, with a wide range of exhibitors, Trust Staff governor Piotr Spadlo and Public Governors Janet Miller and Margaret France were in attendance, invited as honoured guests to participate in the breakfast meeting, where the chosen topic was Treating chronic conditions - a Holistic approach.
They also spoke with Professor Ramesh Gupta the Chair of the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing, who organised the event, and Ishwer Tailor, Ishwer Tailor MBE JP DL, Honorary Fellow of the University of Central Lancashire and steering group member for the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing, about the ongoing partnership between our Trust and the Health Mela.
The governors then had the opportunity to take a tour of the exhibition, to meet stallholders and talk about the services available for patients. The friendly professionals and volunteers on hand were providing information and advice on a comprehensive range of health issues.
With entertainment provided by Indian dancers with Bollywood-style routines, there were activities to keep the children occupied, whilst learning the importance of healthy living, with the Teddy Bears’ Clinic offering sympathetic health advice to all cuddly friends.
People could take a free Health MOT, where you could have your height, weight, blood pressure and cholesterol checked, and receive friendly personal counselling from health professionals.
The North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust were also on site to show how to correctly use defibrillators and provide basic life support to act quickly and effectively if someone has had a cardiac arrest.
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