Rural health MOT event for farmers on Bakewell market day is a big success

BLOOD PRESSURE CHECK -- for farmer Frank Lomas from nurse Susan Warren.
BLOOD PRESSURE CHECK -- for farmer Frank Lomas from nurse Susan Warren.

A rural health MOT day at Bakewell that enabled members of the farming community to drop in for check-ups has been labelled a big success.

The event, which was organised to coincide with market day at Bakewell Agricultural and Business Centre, also offered information on health and wellbeing services that are available in the area.

And there were plenty of takers as the nurses saw 49 patients and completed about 40 complete healthcare assessments. Many others were also seen by a physiotherapist and podiatrist.

The day was run by the Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation, which has a clinic room next to the market. It helped to highlight the availability of regular care for farmers and those who work in the agricultural industry.

Physiotherapist Fiona Horton said: “It’s all about being accessible. Many don’t have time to go to the doctor because they live in isolated places and are trying to run a business. Here, while they are at market, they can get some healthcare on spec.”

Among those who took advantage of the MOT day was farmer Michael Shufflebottom, of Woodend Farm, Dronfield Woodhouse, who had his blood pressure and cholesterol checked.

Susan Bingham, also of Dronfield Woodhouse, was treated for her painful knee, while Peak Forest farmer and haulier Frank Lomas called in to ask about flu vaccinations. All agreed it was a friendly, convenient service.