Celebrating 21 year of helping people make healthy choices

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The Health Shop based at Ninewells Hospital is celebrating 21 years of health promotion in Tayside.

The Health Shop opened its doors in March 1995 with the aim of accommodating 15 callers per day. It now has over 30,000 visitors a year and is open to everyone. People can help themselves to leaflets or ask for information to help them take the first steps to better health or living with a condition as healthily as possible.

The Health Shop is the base for projects such as Heartstart Discovery, which offers free emergency life support training to everyone. It’s also accommodated the hospital Smoking Cessation Project and Sun Awareness Campaign. The Health Shop has provided support to other activities such as the cycle2work campaign and helped organise walking groups for the Healthy Working Lives team, who aim to create a healthier, more motivated and productive workforce.

The work of the Health Shop has expanded to include the management of other outlets in Perth Royal Infirmary, Links Health Centre in Montrose, Whitehills Health and Community Care Centre in Forfar, as well as information points in Brechin, Arbroath and Letham. Health Shop staff have also assisted Patient Partnership Groups (PPGs) to set up information services within general practices across Tayside.

Health Shop manager Helen Brady said: “We are delighted to celebrate the Health Shop’s 21st birthday. It is an extremely valuable resource and information point and has set an excellent example for similar projects set up within Tayside and other parts of Scotland too.

“Since the Health Shop’s launch in 1994, and throughout the last 21 years, the success of the Health Shop has proved that the innovation which inspired it is a winning formula.”