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Community Health Screening

BAPS Charities has partnered with the Royal Free Hospital for more than seven years to deliver free health screening sessions and professional guidance to over 600 members of the local community.

The Royal Free Hospital is a major teaching hospital in Hampstead, London.

The first screening of 2016 was held on Saturday 14 May at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London. Volunteers from both organisations were on hand to administer screening for 30 attendees, who were aged between 33 and 75 years.

The strategic approach for this year’s sessions is focussed on the guidelines published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Members of the public with an estimated risk of cardiovascular disease of 10% or more were of particular focus and were invited for follow-up screening. Another important area of concern is detecting risk factors amongst people under 40 with a family history of diabetes or heart-related diseases.

In conjunction with the screening, consultants from the Royal Free Hospital and volunteer doctors from BAPS Charities provided personalised advice.

One participant shared: “The experts explained the results to me in a very simple way and the advice on controlling my weight was delivered very professionally. I’d like to thank the doctors and volunteers for taking the time to make such a positive impact in my life.”