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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Service launches trailblazing health initiative

28/10/2015

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has launched a trailblazing initiative which sees a medically trained firefighter carrying out basic health checks to support older people.

“The Service has pledged to assist in preventing falls, water infections and hip fractures - all very common reasons for hospital admissions and deaths."

Firefighter and NHS Advanced Freelance Practitioner, Michael Maybin

Firefighter and NHS Advanced Freelance Practitioner, Michael Maybin, will be putting his skills to good use at Jubilee Hall in Brewood on Saturday October 31 from 12pm to 6pm. 

Members of the public can get their blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, lung function, BMI, body composition and core body temperature checked at the event. 

Additional examinations for ailments and infections can also be carried out and include urine screening for urinary tract infections.

Medical history, dietary and lifestyle factors, mobility, mental wellbeing, and medication can also be reviewed together with any pre-existing conditions or disorders. If necessary, and only with the person’s consent, referrals can then be made to the GP.

Firefighter and NHS Advanced Freelance Practitioner, Michael Maybin said: “The Service has pledged to assist in preventing falls, water infections and hip fractures - all very common reasons for hospital admissions and deaths.

“I want to expand on this and find the further causes behind these admissions. The aim is to identify people who may be unaware they have symptoms such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes or poorly managed asthma and assist and fast track those people who may need it. Early detection means that preventative treatment and measures can be put in place.

 “A range of health and social care information and advice will be available during the event and I would urge everyone in the community to come along.”

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has extended the remit of firefighters looking into potential fire hazards during Home Fire Risk Checks to include health and wellbeing assessments. Firefighters now work with partnership agencies to provide a more holistic approach - considering how well people are coping as a whole and signposting them to the help and support they require. 

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