Health awareness day at Tullamore hospital

MORE people than ever are concerned about their health and wellbeing with a significant attendance at the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore for the Health Awareness Day.

MORE people than ever are concerned about their health and wellbeing with a significant attendance at the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore for the Health Awareness Day.

To mark World Health Day on Thursday, April 7 last, nursing staff at the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore hosted a Health Awareness Day. Special stands were on display in the foyer of the hospital where Clinical Nurse Specialists offered advice, free testing and general guidance to the general public and staff who had concerns about diabetes, blood pressure monitoring, weight issues, respiratory and smoking concerns.

A significant flow of people was recorded on the day with those requiring further assessment referred to their GP’s.

Clare O’Dea, Clinical Nurse Manager said, “The team was very busy with a considerable throughout of people concerned about their health. Early intervention is essential to prevent long term illness and I think people are acutely aware of their health now more than ever. The blood pressure and cholesterol testing was particularly busy with a mix of both men and women opting for these tests.”

She added, “Our message is for people to take care with their health. Nobody wants to end up in hospital and to ensure this you need to visit your GP regularly, eat healthy and exercise often. You have to acknowledge the stress people are experiencing now so it is more important than ever to keep on top of your health.”

The World Health Organisation launched their campaign for World Health Day under the theme ‘Combat Drug Resistance’. The WHO calls for urgent and concerted action by governments, health professionals, industry and civil society and patients to slow down the spread of drug resistance, limit its impact and preserve medical advances for future generations.