Health MoT for Portsmouth carers

Charlene Timberlake (left) runs through a health check with Hazel Slater. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142630-564)
Charlene Timberlake (left) runs through a health check with Hazel Slater. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142630-564)

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HEALTH checks and advice has been given to carers.

Portsmouth City Council’s public health team held a coffee morning to offer the free checks to help those who support others with long-term conditions.

Amanda McKenzie helped run the service at the Carers Centre, in Orchard Road, Southsea.

She said: ‘Carers may often disregard their own health because they’re so busy looking after someone else.

‘We think it’s important to help them to take care of themselves.

‘The coffee morning provided a welcome retreat for carers where they could relax and chat with people in the same boat and get support and advice if needed.’

Six carers were given a health MoT, which included having a blood pressure reading and measurements of height and weight.

Ms McKenzie added: ‘We will be holding more sessions in the future.

‘The national carer’s strategy noted the importance of early intervention in helping to detect and deal with carers’ health problems.

‘So, we intend to continue to support our Portsmouth carers by holding more events like this.

‘It is vital that carers are to remain healthy for the carer’s sake and for the cared-for person.’