Free health checks were offered to residents in East Lincolnshire on a special NHS health checks bus.
The health checks bus visited Louth, Spilsby, Woodhall Spa, Boston and Coningsby, and 190 people received health checks during its stops.
The health checks included tests for Atrial Fibrillation – blood pressure, diabetes, lung function and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
As well as offering the health 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, including topics they think are a priority, as well as anything they think is important but has been missed.
Of the 157 surveys returned, a majority of respondents agreed with all of the proposed projects, however, 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.
The results from the health checks showed that in all locations apart from Spilsby, more than half of the recipients had blood pressure readings out of the normal range. This was also similar for blood glucose levels, which showed that, excluding Spilsby, at least 40 percent of the recipients had levels outside of the normal range.
Patient statistics also 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 and there are some interesting trends, both in terms of the health checks results and particularly from the survey on our proposed future projects, which will help us as we develop our future plans. The health checks bus gives us a brilliant mobile platform for engaging with our patient population.”