Free health tips to be offered at city’s bus stops

Suzanne Wilkin and 21-month old son Eli, with the Norwich Health Trainers at a bus stop on Plumstead

Suzanne Wilkin and 21-month old son Eli, with the Norwich Health Trainers at a bus stop on Plumstead Road, Norwich. - Credit: Archant

Bus passengers in Norwich are set to receive health tips while they travel under a new campaign to promote wellbeing.

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Health trainers will be visiting bus stops along four routes in the city, from this week until March next year, to offer people guidance and advice on what support services are available to help them change their behaviour and lead healthier lives.

The health trainers will also ask passengers what health and wellbeing concerns affect them the most to gather information for Norfolk's Public Health team.

They hope to talk to at least 1,200 people, with a target of referring 600 of those for free health improvement support.

The project is one of 23 schemes being rolled out in the city by Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), who have put £84,000 towards all the programmes.


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Routes covered by the team are from the city centre to Mile Cross, Lakenham, Bowthorpe, and Thorpe Hamlet. Tracy Williams, of the CCG, said: 'It really targets members of our community that may not generally lead a healthy lifestyle or know how to access help and support if they want to tackle a weight problem, increase the amount of exercise they take, or want to try to quit smoking.'

Meanwhile the CCG are also introducing electronic prescriptions at GP surgeries in the city.

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Instead of using a slip of green paper, people's prescriptions will be sent electronically to any chosen pharmacy. This means people won't have to pick up a prescription from their surgery.

The way patients order prescriptions will not change, and medicines will be ready to collect in the usual time.

The CCG have produced a short video to explain the changes, which can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9uLPrfKULLw

Do you have a health story? Contact our health correspondent at nicholas.carding@archant.co.uk

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