Cardiovascular Health Screening, London, UK
BAPS Charities continued its work with the Royal Free – a major teaching hospital in Hampstead, London – by hosting a cardiovascular health screening session on 25 June 2016 at The Swaminarayan School, London.
BAPS Charities has developed a longstanding partnership with The Royal Free, which has fostered a series of effective health screening events for the local community over the past seven years.
In total, 38 participants aged between 31 to 81 years benefitted from the event. These attendees were previously diagnosed as being of high-risk for heart disease and were therefore invited for a follow-up screening to assess their progress.
Dr Tarun Mittal, Consultant Cardiothoracic Radiologist at the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, joined volunteers from both organisations at the event. Dr Mittal is specifically focussed on computer tomography (CT) and MRI aspects of the heart and the vascular system and is involved in various research projects related to this subject.
He was very impressed with the event and shared his views of the session: “It was my privilege to be part of the health camp yesterday and offer some help to all the volunteers. The programme was well organised and I very much enjoyed being part of an initiative that is so important to the well-being of the local community.”
The feedback from the attendees was also very encouraging. Dilip Patel, who travelled from Bristol to be screened, said that “it was worth the time and expense to have this excellent health check.”
Dr Mayank Shah, lead volunteer at BAPS Charities, added, “Our thanks once again to Dr Mittal and all the volunteers for organising and running this event. Follow-up of high-risk members of the community is critical to plan for the best possible treatment and lead a healthy life. We look forward to helping many more in the future.”