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19 July 2012
People visiting NHS Bedfordshire’s ‘all about your health’ marquee during next weekend’s river festival will be able to speak to the resident street doctor, try their hand at fun and healthy exercises or even get a free health MOT.
Working with health partners, including Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Bedford Hospital and South Essex Partnership Trust (SEPT), the marquee will be located on the Embankment next to the Butterfly Bridge and will be packed full of health information, tips and advice for a healthy lifestyle, and fun activities and games to take part in.
People will be also able to speak to members of the newly-formed Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, which is due to take over commissioning responsibilities from the PCT next April.
Some of the activities taking place include Smoothie bikes, quizzes and fun exercises to join in with throughout the day. People can check how clean (or dirty) their hands are with the infection control team from Bedford Hospital, watch a practical demonstration of vascular scanning, or sign up to the Bedfordshire Stop Smoking Service.
There is also a private area where parents are welcome to come and feed their babies.
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is using the festival to launch its membership scheme, which is designed to give local people a voice in how their health services are run. Dr Paul Hassan, local GP and Chair of the Bedfordshire CCG, said: “I hope people visiting our marquee will find the range of activities enjoyable and the information useful in helping them to lead healthier lifestyles.
“We also want to encourage people to sign up to our membership scheme, so that they can receive regular news about our plans, find out about our challenges and achievements and most importantly, have their say to help us do it better.”