Families flocked to Palfrey’s health and wellbeing day at the weekend and were able to have free blood pressure checks, find out the best way to get help for illnesses or injuries and discover the preventative services on offer to the community.
Organised by the Indian Muslim Association with support from Al-Farouq mosque, people of all ages came to visit a host of information stands covering diabetic eye screening, cervical screening, pharmacy support and healthwatch Walsall.
Colleagues from Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust also attended Saturday’s event at the mosque in Milton Street to advise members of the community about all the services that are available to them so they don’t have to visit A&E – unless it’s an emergency.
Among those attending were friends Maniben Patel, aged 60, and Niru Patel, 65, from Pleck.
Both wanted to find out more about free health checks and Maniben said: “This event is a good opportunity to get the community together.
Younger visitors were able to colour in pictures showing the range of services available to families for advice on illnesses or injuries such as NHS 111 and pharmacists.
Mother-of-three Fatema Lorgat, of Palfrey, said it was important for parents to have “peace of mind” if their children were taken ill.
“If something happens and your GP isn’t open or you can’t get an appointment it’s worth knowing you can call NHS 111 or go to the urgent care centre for advice,” she said.
Mohamed Pathan, from the Indian Muslim Association, said the day had been a success.
“We had a steady stream of visitors throughout the day and people said they came away with information or support that they didn’t have before.
“We hope to stage more events like this as we need to make sure communities have somewhere to raise any issues around health and wellbeing and become better informed. I’d like to thank all of the agencies who took part and made the day worthwhile.”
A collection among the mosque congregation on Friday evening and donations from visitors to Saturday’s event raised £2,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.