Have your say on state of Rugby's health

There's chance to find out more about health services and health charities across the borough at a Community Health Fair taking place next week.

Tuesday, 8th March 2016, 9:08 am
Updated Tuesday, 8th March 2016, 10:11 am
Mayor of Rugby Cllr Richard Dodd. NNL-160803-103553001

The event will be held at Rugby Museum and Art Gallery next Thursday, March 17.

It will open at 10am with Mayor of Rugby Cllr Richard Dodd taking part in CPR training sessions which are available to the public.

Students from Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College will be there and will be looking at how to eat healthily, the best forms of exercise to keep active as well as learning more about the day-to-day life of a GP.

It’s a free event is open to the public and will run until 2pm. There will be various drop-in sessions with a number of interactive stalls manned by health professionals and partner organisations from across Rugby.

Attractions include the chance to learn more about nutritional meals and smoothie-making bikes as well as stalls providing help and information from local charities such as Hummingbird (cancer prevention), The Terrence Higgins Trust, Bipolar UK, MIND, and many more.

There will also be interactive sessions aimed at promoting prevention such as the free CPR training, smoking cessation stall and healthy living advice providing details on what should be on your dinner plate.

Other attractions include stalls looking at health issues such as diabetes, dementia, stroke and end of life, while the event will also provide a chance for people to give their views about health services and local issues.

The event is being organised by NHS Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is responsible for planning, organising and buying the majority of NHS-funded healthcare in the area.

Dr Adrian Canale-Parola, Rugby GP and chair of the CCG, said: “The Rugby Community Health Fair is a free and easy way to find out more information about local health services, what they offer and how they can access these services to receive the treatment and care that is available to them.

“It is also a chance to ask questions and provide feedback to help shape the way these services are delivered in the future.”

The event is free and open to anyone wanting to attend but people are encouraged to email: [email protected] if they are going to attend to help ensure adequate refreshments are available.