Health fair for practice

THE Academy Medical Centre Patient Participation Group is hosting its first health fair at the practice on Saturday, June 16.

The event, which is open to practice patients and non patients alike, will feature a variety of information stands designed to give advice in specific topics from healthy eating and lifestyle, to support for Multiple Sclerosis patients and those living with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).

The fair is part of the on-going work of the PPG which was set up in October 2010. Volunteers already man an information desk in the practice foyer every morning, and the fair is a chance for patients and their family members to meet representatives from various groups and to get advice on various conditions.

The main participants confirmed to date are the Angus Cardiac Group, Angus Care and Repair, Angus Services Alzheimer’s Scotland, Energy Saving Scotland Advice Centre, Angus Citizens Advice Bureau, Health Eating and Lifestyle, Angus Direct Payment Support Service, Angus Multiple Sclerosis Support Services, Forfar Airways (COPD Support Services) and Angus Long Term Conditions Support Groups.

Practice staff will be in attendance and there will be displays from Angus Carers Centre and the Angus Community Health Partnership.

Group chairman Marion Fenwick explained one of the criteria for the PPG was to get self help information across to the general patient population at the centre.

She said: “It’s about what you can do to improve your health; not just popping pills. Is there a support group that can help me with my condition? Is there something I should be doing about my lifestyle and my health to improve my well-being. That’s what the PPG is about and also about having links with the practice to improve services.”

The group will gauge which stands and which areas prove most popular during the health fair and hopes to, in the future, organise special events with a speaker highlighting specific conditions.

Marion added: “This is a taster session to see what people want, It’s mainly about how you can improve your own health by getting specific information.”

The health fair will run from 10 am to 1 pm - all welcome.