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Lewisham residents get MOT at Downham Festival


NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) put hundreds of local residents through a health MOT at the Downham Celebrates, Summer Festival on Sunday 9 June. 

The event was held at Downham Leisure Centre and included a range of health promotion stalls by Macmillan and Healthwatch, as well as fun and games for the all the family. 

Celebrating Men's Health Week, (11 June – 17 June 2018) the Lewisham CCG table focussed on men's health, with the team rolling up their sleeves and offering a free 'MOT' test for male's only. The test involved a health check-list geared at the following parts:

  1. an interior check (mental health) – scoring their overall well-being in "revs" from 1 to 5 (1 being low and 5 being high);

  2. an exterior check (healthy body) – why it is important to pay attention to what your body is telling them and when they were last checked for an overhaul

  3. under the bonnet (symptoms) – an awareness of knowing when and where to get help when they need it.

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The CCG stand was well placed in the marquee alongside the nurses testing blood pressure, height and weight and blood sugar checks focusing on well-being and healthy lifestyle.  There was an interactive 1-1 overhaul/inspection which was thought provoking for those people who hadn't visited a GP in more than 2 years and in some cases attended any health related service as they considered themselves to be physically fit.  There was also an opportunity to test their strength in the 'tug of war', however as there was no takers the children took on the challenge proving that they had more mileage.  Prizes were drawn for completing a MOT as featured in the photograph, together with gift vouchers for children making a Father's day card. 

Teresa Rodriguez, Engagement Officer at NHS Lewisham CCG said: "It was so great to get out and meet people in Lewisham. The MOT idea really captured the imagination of the male visitors and we are so pleased the concept resonated with them. We know that men are very bad at visiting the doctor or finding the health care that they need, so if this can help, we know we are doing our job well."  

The CCG completed over 20 MOTs with residents signing up to take better care of themselves.