BAPS Charities continued its longstanding partnership with the Royal Free Hospital by organising a health screening session at the Leuva Patidar Samaj Hall in Bradford on Saturday 19 November 2016. The Royal Free Hospital is a major teaching hospital in Hampstead, London.
Volunteers from both organisations were on hand to screen 33 attendees, who were aged between 30 and 60 years, none whom had any recorded history of high blood pressure or diabetes.
The screening included calculating body mass index (BMI), conducting tests for cholesterol, and measuring blood pressure. More than half of those examined recorded abnormal readings for total cholesterol and a third were confirmed with a BMI greater than 25.
Trained doctors were on hand to deliver tailored consultations of the readings and discussed individual risks in a simple, practical manner. A detailed report of each individual was also submitted to their respective GP.
One participant shared, “I was informed of specific health risks carefully and my questions were answered patiently, with great clarity. The service was excellent and I now understand how I can reduce the risk of heart disease. I cannot thank the volunteers enough for helping me to take a step forward towards a healthier life.”
The screening forms a part of BAPS Charities’ on-going commitment to improving the lives of people in local communities through the provision of high quality health and wellness services. Over the past 8 years, such health screening sessions have helped more than 1,800 individuals understand and improve their health.