A temporary ‘health bus’ service will hit Norfolk and Waveney’s roads from next week to deliver free check-ups and information.

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A team of health professionals will be getting on board a red double-decker bus for two weeks and will be visiting communities to help improve people’s health

From February 11, the health bus will be offering drop-in check-ups and health advice, including blood pressure, body mass index, and lung strength checks. People will also be offered healthy lifestyle information, such as support to quit smoking and how to reduce their alcohol intake.

The health bus will be hosted by NHS Norfolk and Waveney in partnership with Norfolk County Council and Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust.

Lucy Macleod, interim director of public health at NHS Norfolk and Waveney, said: “Everyone has really busy lives and often our health can be put at the bottom of the priority list. The health bus is the perfect opportunity for us to bring services out to the public, in their own community, to encourage people to have a check-up and stay healthy.”

Anna Morgan, director of nursing, quality and operations at Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust, added: “We always strive to make our services as accessible as possible and this health bus will give us a unique opportunity to visit patients closer to their homes.”

The bus will be stopping at:

Sainbury’s in Thetford on Monday, February 11 from 9am to 5pm.

Asda in Belvedere Road, Lowestoft on Tuesday, February 12 from 9am to 1pm.

Lowestoft High Street, on Tuesday, February 12 from 2pm to 5pm.

Tesco, in Pasteur Road, Great Yarmouth on Wednesday, February 13 from 9am to 1pm.

Asda in Acle New Road, Great Yarmouth on Wednesday, February 13 from 2pm to 5pm.

Heartsease Public House, Plumstead Road, Norwich on Thursday, February 14 from 9am to 1pm.

Tesco, Blue Boar Lane, Norwich, on Thursday, February 14 from 2pm to 5pm.

Morrisons, Albion Way, Riverside, Norwich, on Friday, February 15 from 9am to 5pm.

North Norfolk District Council headquarters in Cromer on Monday, February 18 from 9am to 1pm.

Sainsbury’s, in Bacton Road, Cromer on Monday, February 18 from 2pm to 5pm.

Morrisons, in Fakenham on Tuesday, February 19 from 9am to 1pm.

East Rudham Village Green on Tuesday, February 19 from 2pm to 5pm.

Morrisons in Downham Market on Wednesday, February 20 from 9am to 1pm.

Asda in Swaffham on Wednesday, February 20 from 2pm to 5pm.

Tesco in Watton on Thursday, February 21 from 9am to 1pm.

Morrisons in Dereham on Thursday, February 21 from 2pm to 5pm.

Tesco, St Faith’s Drive, Gaywood on Friday, February 22 from 9am to 5pm

4 comments

  • This is the future. We can do without expensive fixed-location health centres, surgeries, clinics, hospitals and the rest. Sending a bus round every few weeks will allow people to plan their illnesses to coincide, and thus make the whole service more efficient. It will all be fine until the temporray mobile service has to be cut as well. Just a thought, how many nurses got their cards to fund this exciting new venture?

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Meanwhile the New HealthEast CIC is already cutting funding to one long established exercise group which has cost little and has full community backing. So much for their communications and engagement strategy! One of whose stated aims is to 'value the patients voice, develop a culture that listens and uses those insights to inform commissioning and service transformation' I want to know how much this bus is costing and how many people requested such a thing?

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    Nick

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • Dear Adam, please re-write with some MPs' soundbites. At the moment this is unacceptable. Coffey would probably like to chip in, or is that her comment below? She was on Look East a few mins ago giving it large about the EEAS, as in questions have to be answered, its a question of Trust leadership, I was pleased when the Chief Exec resigned because he wasn't delivering, and the rest of the nonsense which gives the false impression of being on the case, when the simple fact is that her government is the root cause of all problems in the NHS. Voters need to be constantly reminded as these awful people try to offload the blame elsewhere.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • May I ask why you are using an image of a bus belonging to Roadshow Promotions and not the bus provided by the company that is actually undertaking the tour. We don't mind images of our buses being used when we undertake a tour but don't believe our images should be used when we don't. Please remove the image or credit Roadshow Promotions for its use

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    factelmedia

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

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