Saturday, 25 November 2017

Health fair set to become annual fixture

THE first Henley Health Fair has been hailed a success and it could become an annual event.

THE first Henley Health Fair has been hailed a success and it could become an annual event.

The fair, held at the town hall, featured 12 organisations offering advice and information. It was organised by the Bell Surgery, its patient participation group and the Spire Dunedin Hospital in Reading.

Other organisations represented were Healthwatch Oxfordshire, Reading Prostate Cancer Support Group, Age UK Oxfordshire’s Generation Games, Oxfordshire County Council’s public health team, TalkingSpace, Better Leisure, Go Active, the Henley and Goring Ramblers and Weight Watchers.

Janet Waters, chairwoman of the patient group, said: “The fair brought together 12 organisations all focused on keeping the community patients healthy and I think it’s really important Henley knows what’s available.”

Dieter Hinke, a member of the group and a town councillor, said: “It’s crucial that the council is involved in local health facilities and supports them.”



Noel Mundy, Thames Valley south– east area manager for St John Ambulance, was demonstrating how to use a defibrillator with the help of a dummy.

He said: “It is really easy â?? turn on the machine and follow what it says as it could save somebody’s life.”

Romaine White, 72, of Valley Road, Henley, took the opportunity to have her cholesterol and blood pressure checked. She said: “I think it’s always good to have health–orientated things to make people more aware.”



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