Two events are being held to educate Merton residents about a number of NHS healthy living initiatives
By Reaz Kurimbux
Merton residents can learn about a number of NHS healthy living initiatives through two events being held over the next month.
These events, on 6 November and 4 December, are being held by NHS Sutton and Merton and the London Ambulance Service, in partnership with Merton Healthcare and Merton Council.
Residents will learn how to get the right treatment from NHS services such as GPs, pharmacists, walk-in centres, ambulance services and hospitals, as well as advice on enhancing health and wellbeing.
Linda Kirby, Merton Council’s cabinet member for adult social care and health at Merton Council, said: “These health events are a great way to meet healthcare professionals and find out what services in the boroughs are available for residents.”
London Ambulance service staff will demonstrate the recovery position, give basic life support classes and help people to choose well.
Taff Roberts, Wimbledon Duty Station Officer for London Ambulance Service, said: “We’ll be giving people useful life-saving information at these events so I’d urge everyone to come along.”
Research by NHS Sutton and Merton shows that that many people go to A&E and end up waiting to see a doctor for conditions which are not medical emergencies, when it would be easier to see their local GP or chemist.
Dr Geoff Hollier, a local GP, said that as winter approaches it is important that local people know which NHS service to use should they fall ill or injure themselves.
He added: “These events are a great opportunity to ensure you choose the right service.”
The first event will be on Saturday 6 November from 11am-3pm at Morden Library, Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden SM4 5DX.
The second event will be on Saturday 4 November from 11am – 3pm at The Piazza in Wimbledon, Wimbledon Town Centre, Wimbledon SW19 4EU.
For more information email [email protected] or call the administration team on 020 8254 8390.