Chance visit raises hidden health issue

Colleen Goble finds out more about reducing her cholesterol with public health nurse Barbara McElroy.

Colleen Goble finds out more about reducing her cholesterol with public health nurse Barbara McElroy.

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A mother has praised health chiefs after a chance visit to a health check bus revealed a hidden problem.

Colleen Goble, from Cullercoats, was not concerned about her health but went on the bus – run by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust – with her husband and parents after calling into a supermarket.

And the 52-year-old mother of two, now retired, was pleased she did after discovering her cholesterol was high.

Colleen said: “I thought I was fit and healthy, as we eat healthily and I go walking regularly. So I was really surprised when they told me my parents were fine and it was me whose cholesterol was high.”

Colleen is now getting help keeping her cholesterol under control.

She added: “It’s such a good idea to have health checks more widely available in places like supermarkets.

“After I had my check, I booked an appointment with my GP, and I sent my son down to the health bus too. It’s better to help prevent illness by getting regular check-ups rather than waiting until things get really bad.”

More than 450 people had free checks on the health bus in August. Advice to cut down on alcohol and quit smoking was also available.

Barbara McElroy, a public health nurse at the trust, said: “It’s great to be able to make health checks more readily available to residents. Having regular checks can help you to pick up early warning signs of health conditions like heart disease and strokes.

“It’s quick and easy and if like Colleen you find your cholesterol is high there is lots of information and support to help you keep it under control.”